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Parks to Visit this National Parks Week

02 September 2021

This September we celebrate Heritage Month and what better way to experience the full immersion of our country’s heritage than to visit and explore the beautiful national parks?

South Africa is fortunate in that we have numerous national parks in each province blessing us with the opportunity to take the family out for a day of nature, animals and fresh air. The good news is September also happens to be the month in which National Parks Week takes place – the time of the year in which most National Parks are free to enter.

This year National Parks week takes place from 02 September to 06 September!

Here’s a list of some National Parks you can pay a visit:

Eastern Cape

Addo Elephant Park

As the third-largest national park in South Africa, Addo Elephant Park is home to a variety of animal species, including the African elephant, alongside numerous types of fauna and flora.

Apart from the game drives and various animal species that can be seen spotted around the park, Addo has numerous activities to offer including hiking trails, braai spots and bird watching. There is also an on-site restaurant to enjoy a bite at after you have driven through the park.

Be sure to arrive bright and early to see the elephants at the watering hole.

Image Credit: www.sanparks.org

Northern Cape

Namaqua National Park

The Namaqua National Park offers an abundance of natural beauty and landscapes to be explored from the icy Atlantic Ocean to the breathtaking fields of flowers.

During the August and September months, the fields of the Namaqua Land are known to be covered in a blanket of flowers in every colour imaginable. The inland areas are accessible to visitors in sedans or 2x4 vehicles but, to access larger parts of the park, visitors will be required to have a 4x4.

Various campsites offer visitors the opportunity to spend the night staring at the star-studded sky to enjoy the myriads of colourful flowers by sunrise.

Image Credit: www.sanparks.org

Western Cape

Table Mountain National Park

The jewel of the West Coast, Table Mountain, is not only classified as a world heritage site but is also one of the Seven Wonders of the World. With its magnificent mountains, white sand beaches and spectacular views the Table Mountain National Park is definitely a national park to add to your list.

From hiking trails, cycling routes, horse riding and cable car rides, among other activities, the Table Mountain National Park has an array of fun and exciting activities to offer that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Be sure to pay a visit to the penguins at Boulders Beach while you are there!

Image Credit: www.sanparks.org

Free State

Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Despite the rugged landscape of the Free State, there is much natural beauty to offer including the rolling foothills of the Maluti Mountains where the Golden Gate Highlands National Park is situated.

Enjoy a comfortable stay at the Golden Gate Hotel and Chalets with the opportunity to explore the majestic Maluti Mountains by horseback or hikes. There are also plenty of natural caves to explore with a myriad of opportunities for picturesque moments.

A visit to the Basotho Cultural Village gives visitors the opportunity to speak with the chief, his wives and a traditional healer for more insight into the culture and spirituality of the area.

Image Credit: www.sanparks.org

Limpopo & Mpumalanga

Kruger National Park

Approximately 2-million hectares of natural plant and animal diversity meets with impressive historical and archaeological sites at the Kruger National Park. Not only is the Kruger National Park a must-see on our National Parks list, but it is also ranked as one of the best national parks in all of Africa.

With modern accommodation, you can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of Africa while staying in comfort and luxury. One of the largest attractions of Kruger National Park, apart from the Big 5, is the African Bush Trail where you can travel by foot in the wilderness getting as close to nature as possible.

Image Credit: www.sanparks.org

North West

Pilanesberg National Park

Enjoy a game drive in one of South Africa’s most fascinating game reserves when you visit the Pilanesberg National Park. Nestled between the Kalahari and the Lowveld, the vast area offers the opportunity for exploration to view a number of animals native to Africa including South Africa’s Big 5.

Current records show that the Pilanesberg National Park is currently home to over 7,000 animals including 360 bird species. With over 200km of roads to travel along, there is an abundance of wildlife to discover.

After a game drive, visit the Lesedi Cultural Village for some pan-African cuisine and cultural experiences.

Image Credit: www.pilanesbergnationalpark.org

KwaZulu Natal

Drakensberg National Park

Translating directly to “Dragon Mountain”, the Drakensberg National Park is a sight to see with the opportunity of venturing into Lesotho land. The Drakensberg Mountain starts in the Free State and extends down towards the Transkei area making it one of the largest mountain ranges in Africa.

There are plenty of activities to enjoy at the Drakensberg National Park including hiking and biking trails, horse riding and quad biking. Visitors are also able to enjoy fly-fishing and exploring the San Rock paintings in the natural caves.

With plenty of scenic landmarks and heritage sites in the area, there is also plenty of opportunities to enjoy a picnic along the way.

Image Credit: www.nature-reserve.co.za

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South Africa is a truly breathtaking country with an abundance of nature to enjoy and explore. Be sure to keep an eye on the SAN Parks Facebook Page to watch for the opening of National Parks week.

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