During South African National Parks week, SANParks will be opening up its parks with free, open access to all South Africans.
The South African National Parks week has been scheduled for the 08 – 12 September 2014. The official opening will be launched by the Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, Barbara Thomson at Tsitsikamma, Garden Route National Park in Western Cape.
The Tsitsikamma National park was the first Marine Protected Area in Africa and is one of the largest and will be turning 50 years old this year. This area is considered to be the marine equivalent of the Kruger National Park. Tsitsikamma is also home to the famous Otter trail hike, which turns 46 this year. As part of celebrating this, the Garden Route National Park is rebranding this world famous green flag status hike.
The main objective of National Parks Week is to generate a sense of understanding and pride in South Africans of their natural, cultural and historical heritage, which ultimately is the basis for the established theme “Know Your National Parks.”