South Africans will have free access to all the country’s national parks from Monday until Friday as part of the annual South African National Parks (SANParks) Week initiative.

The initiative has been running for 16 years and over the years more than 600 000 people have made use of the opportunity. This year, the focus will be on resuscitating the ailing tourism industry that suffered devastating losses due to the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

The launch is being held at the Addo National Elephant Park, in the Eastern Cape,  on Sunday.

SANParks Board Chairperson, Pam Yako, has encouraged South Africans to visit the parks and enjoy their hospitality.

” We are starting to see signs of recovery. Tourism is not just about international tourism, but also domestic tourism. We need more Sans to come out to our parks. So come out! This week is all about that. You just need your South African ID book, then you arrive. The entrance is free, but if you want to stay you can enjoy our hospitality. We are running specials on our website,” says Yako.