PRETORIA, The 12th South African National Parks Week during which the people can visit the country's parks for free was officially launched at Golden Gate Highlands National Park (GGHNP) in Free State Province Monday.
The launch was held under the theme "Know Your National Parks" by the chief executive officer of South African National Parks (SANParks), Fundisile Mketeni.
"The National Parks Week initiative was born out of the realisation that the majority of South Africa's citizens were not visiting parks, and with a plethora of activities and wide variety of accommodation to choose from, the week is an effort to cultivate a culture of awareness of and pride in National Parks, especially for those communities situated around the parks, said Mketeni.
The week is an opportunity to showcase all national parks as affordable local holiday destinations that offer unique experiences that families and individuals from all backgrounds, cultures, lifestyles and communities can enjoy.
During the week, SANParks will once again opening its doors for free from today until Friday. Some of the parks will be extending the free visits to include the weekend.
Mketeni, said: The week allows all citizens a chance to freely access something they might not have been exposed to. We especially want our young people to take advantage of this opportunity because this heritage will be under their protection in the near future.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK