See the Southbroom Coast

15 Dec 2017

South Africa is blessed with beautiful coastal villages which are easily accessible and suitable for the whole family. When the heat is blazing, there is nothing more refreshing than hitting the beach and feeling the breeze of the coast ¾ Southbroom has one of the best coastlines that has preserved its natural heritage.

So, if you are taking a Sho’t Left this December and Southbroom is on the itinerary, here are a couple of places you could stay in around the area.

Golf House

4 Star Grading

Nestled in the quiet sub-tropical jewel of the South Coast, Golf House offers visitors the ultimate relaxing holiday where you can enjoy the nearby golf course and an excellent beach view. This is the ideal location for golfers and/or a beach getaway.

Rock Shandy

4 Star Grading

Rock Shandy has luxury beachfront homes offering deluxe South Coast accommodation in Marina Beach, Southbroom. Get a spectacular 180 degree view of the beautiful Indian Ocean and sun-drenched beaches. This is an ideal coastal retreat with luxury, privacy and complete tranquillity.

Costa Smeralda

3 Star Grading

Costa Smeralda is a great place to create many happy memories of fun-filled coastal family holidays. This small, comfortably equipped resort is close to the fishing pier and main swimming beach and is within walking distance from the restaurants, shops, games arcades, movies and pubs. You won’t run out of fun things to do while enjoying your stay here.

Villa Del Sol

3 Star Grading

Villa Del Sol is a unique, affordable garden complex situated in a secluded part of Margate, yet within walking distance to the fun activities you can enjoy in the summer.

Why not spend the summer time enjoying the sun, beach and ice cream at this wonderful beach village and go into the New Year feeling like a new person. Take a Sho’t Left to the majestic kingdom of Kwa-Zulu Natal this December.

 

The Funtastic guide to road tripping from JHB to DBN

Think roads less travelled and small towns explored – taking a road trip along a scenic route with friends and family is fun, adventurous and brave. While, flying offers the convenience of being quick and easy, it most definitely does not offer the same experience that comes with taking a leisurely road trip.

When last did you plan a road trip, isn’t it time?

How to get there…

Every year thousands of holiday-makers travel from Johannesburg to Durban via the N3, the main road that links the two provinces. This road trip should be taken at leisure and is great for those who love to take in the never-ending landscapes, making pit stops along the way and for exploring the hidden gems the small towns have to offer.

Once you head out of the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg onto the wide and open N3, the road should take you towards the green rolling hills of KwaZulu-Natal towards the small town of Newcastle. From there you should continue south towards Estcourt where the towering Drakensberg Mountains will command your attention as you enter the lush Midlands Meander.

The Drakensburg Mountains are famous for the conservation of 35 000 year old San rock art as well as rolling grasslands, pristine river valleys and rocky gorges. It’s the perfect place to make a pit stop and take in stunning views, why not even stay a night or two?

From Estcourt, take a slight detour via the lush Karkloof Indigenous Forest before making your way along the Midlands Meander, which is guaranteed to take your breath away. It is also known as an arts and crafts area so take your time to explore the attractions. Make sure to also not miss the Mandela Capture Site or stop for a fun family activity, such as horse riding. Wine tasting, Zulu cultural experiences, trout fishing and curio shopping will keep you busy along this route.

Howick, is the next town after the Midlands Meander and at this point you will join the N3 which should take you straight into Durban where you will be met with small suburbs and townships nestled among the green hills.

Entering the city of Durban, where there is something for everyone. If you are planning on lingering a little longer, there is world-class accommodation and fantastic dining and leisure establishments which cater for everyone. On the outskirts of Durban is the Valley of a 1 000 Hills which offers magnificent views and cultural activities suitable for the whole family.

So check out these Sho’t left deals and plan your trip today!

Towns to explore along the route:  

Newcastle: Is the town situated in the heart of the old battlefields area, where you can visit plenty of sites which played a significant role in the war between the British and the Zulus.

Estcourt: The Drakensberg Mountains features historical San rock art sites and excellent hiking, ziplining in the Karkloof indigenous forest.

Howick: Take some time out to visit the Howick Falls.

Fun Jozi Activities for you this December

Not planning on leaving the bright lights and the hustle and bustle of Joburg life this December? Don’t worry; we have you covered with some great activities to enjoy with friends, family or even on your own. It is a city worth exploring, and as it quietens down over Christmas it becomes a fantastic time to do just that.

Here are a couple of things you can get up to this festive season…

Sandton City & Nelson Mandela Square

From the 1st to the 23rd, as well as on Christmas Eve, Sandton City has extended their hours so you can enjoy your festive shopping and linger a little longer. Nelson Mandela Square has plenty of activities for kids to enjoy; so take them to meet Santa Claus and have their picture taken with him, enjoy a ride on the Hamley’s Train, see Nickelodeon’s Shimmer and Shine or come marvel at a spectacular LEGO® Event.

Afropunk Fest Joburg 2017

Come feel the music, free your mind, and enjoy an awesome line-up of emerging talents. For 13 years this festival has been defining culture in the music world and now it is coming to the city of gold on the 30th till the 31st of December 2017. This music festival will be bringing together a host of talented local and international musical artists in their first ever Johannesburg adventure. Mixing home-grown and global talent from the worlds of music, art, culture, food and style there will be plenty of entertainment for everyone.

Get your tickets to this awesome party festival for between R400 and R900 per person which takes place at Constitution Hill.

Joburg Cocktail Festival

The inaugural Joburg Cocktail Festival celebrates everything we love about cocktails, and what’s not to love? This day promises to be filled with plenty of cocktail sampling, featuring some unique and familiar spirits from some of the most innovative cocktail chefs in the city. Local bar pop-ups, master classes, a chocolate den, a fashion experience and even a man cave for the gents to unwind in will all be on offer when you want to take a break from cocktail drinking. This is the perfect way to spend your lazy Sunday afternoon.

The event is on the 17th December 2017 at The Sands. Tickets cost between R200 and R600 per person.

Crafters Fair at Emperors Palace

The Crafters Fair will be moving to a wonderful new venue – The Red Roman Shed at Emperors Palace. Expect loads of artistic exhibitors at this fun and exciting crafting event. You’ll find everything you need for your crafting hobby – from scrapbooking goodies, jewellery and toys to decor items, gifts and much more. Live entertainment and The Garden of Lights will keep you entertained while you shop and explore this fun fair.

Join the fun from 12 December 2017 to 23 December 2017. Entry is R10 per person and children under 12 get in free.

The 12 Pubs of Xmas

The Good Luck Bar and Outrageous Ostrich will be bringing some Christmas fun to the city on the 16 December 2017 with The 12 Pubs of Xmas. This is a festive pub crawl that originates from Ireland, where people don the most outrageous Christmas outfits and trek between 12 different pubs in the area (in this case, the 1 Fox Precinct), buying and enjoying a beverage in each. There is entertainment lined up when you get there so fun is guaranteed.

Tickets cost between R150 and R600 and are available at NuTickets.

Monte Casino Bird Garden

Consider it a bird oasis in the urban jungle, and “the only bird park of its kind in Africa”. With over 100 unique and exotic bird species, reptiles, and small animals that range from pelicans and flamingos to iguanas and antelope. Get an eye-full of these magnificent creatures from the elevated wooden walkways overlooking the aviaries or take a leisurely stroll through the amazing gardens that boast “the largest, most diverse private collection of South African Cycads in the world”. After some exploring, settle down for lunch at the Flamingo Café and appreciate the sights and sounds around you.

Did You Know? There are over 500 plants from 37 species in the gardens, including the middelburgensis plant, which is said to be one of the oldest surviving plants

There is no reason for you to spend this December alone when plenty of entertainment can be found all around Johannesburg, all you have to do is take a Sho’t Left and have a memorable festive time.

 

Best Beaches to escape to in South Africa

14 Dec 2017

Whether you are planning a lazy beach holiday or an active adventure holiday filled with water activities such as surfing and water boarding, we have compiled some of the best beaches to escape to these holidays.

Clifton, Cape Town

Clifton is one of Cape Town’s most exclusive beaches and it comes at no surprise that the beach is popular for beach goers who want a luxurious beach experience. The beach is divided into 4 parts known as 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th beach and they all offer something for everyone. 1st beach is the least crowded with mainly locals, 2nd and 3rd Beach are family friendly, with life-guards on duty. Although the water is cold, 4th Beach is the main beach and extremely popular with a mix of trendy beach goers, boasting well-kept facilities such as public toilets, changing rooms and gourmet food kiosks. It has also been awarded Blue Flag status meaning it adheres to strict international environmental standards.

Coffee Bay, Eastern Cape

Found in the heart of South Africa’s Wild Coast, the small seaside village of Coffee Bay offers pristine swimming beaches, bars, excellent fishing and breath-taking scenery for hikes along the area’s rugged coastline. Coffee Bay is the perfect destination for holiday-makers wanting to trade in city life for a laid-back beach experience in one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa. With the popular hole in the wall, which is excellent for bird watching, nature walks and hiking trails, this truly is the perfect beach for a relaxing holiday. Coffee Bay is accessible by vehicle; though do be aware for the occasional pothole.

Bikini Beach, Gordon’s Bay

Situated in a sheltered cove and surrounded by the Hottentot Holland mountain range, Bikini Beach is an excellent swimming spot with water which is usually warm, calm and clear. The beach is only a short drive from the city and is one of Cape Town’s six Blue Flag Beaches, meaning it has high water quality with good facilities, cleanliness and safety. It also boasts fantastic views as the entire False Bay curves from Gordon’s Bay to Cape Point. Bikini Beach also offers quirky shopping for those who are looking to do some retail therapy whilst on holiday.

 

Hobie Beach

Hobie Beach’s combination of calm waters and fair breezes provide some of the best boardsailing conditions in the world.

Umhlanga Beach, Durban

Umhlanga has been a popular destination for many South Africans and tourists for years. With the warm Indian Ocean perfect for swimmers and the golden sands supplying the perfect back-drop for relaxing, it’s easy to see why. It is a cosmopolitan holiday destination with a vibrant nightlife that offers a variety of trendy restaurants, cafes and bars. There are also vast accommodation options ranging from boutique hotels to self-catering beach cottages and luxurious villas for the holiday maker wanting a stylish beach holiday.

Ballito Durban

Ballito is a vibrant holiday town located a few kilometres north of Durban. Willard Beach is the town’s best swimming and surfing beach, which has earned Blue Flag status. Ballito’s famous promenade begins at Willard Beach and goes around the coastline, towards Salmon Bay. It is a swimming area perfect for families, with life-guards that are available seven days a week, offshore shark nets and a first aid station. If you are looking to do some hiking, there is a hiking trail that extends off the promenade and takes you to Shaka’s Rock. Which is perfect for holiday makers wanting to experience the best of both worlds.

Muizenburg Beach, Cape Town

The most popular Indian Ocean beach in Cape Town, Muizenberg is the only Indian Ocean beach with water, which is a few degrees warmer than the rest of the Atlantic beaches in Cape Town. This makes it bearable for swimming and makes it one of the most surfed beaches in South Africa. It also boasts the popular colourful beach houses, which have become a favourite backdrop for selfies and photographs.  It is also extremely popular with families coming to enjoy picnics together and for people to walk their dogs on the long stretch of the beach.

Hobie beach, Port Elizabeth

The popular Hobie Beach is found in the vicinity of Shark Rock Pier and the Boardwalk of Port Elizabeth. It is a favourite for swimming, sunbathing and body surfing. It also offers sheltered rock pools with interesting sea life to watch. Other facilities include plenty of restaurants, a launching place for sailing and rubber ducking. It is also the venue for the annual Splash Festival, which features beach volleyball and world boardsailing championships.

Explore more of Port Elizabeth

8 Nov 2017

Port Elizabeth is one of the many hidden gems of South Africa. It’s a city that’s bursting with vibrant culture, exhilarating adventure activities and friendly locals who’ll make visitors feel right at home – after all, it’s not known as “the friendly city” for nothing.

When exploring South Africa’s third largest metropolitan, it’s encouraged that visitors spend more than a weekend in the city – from insightful township tours and wild African safaris to vibey city nightlife – take time off to fully immerse yourself in all that this amazing place has to offer. Here’s a guide to get you started.

Take a township tour

Looking for an authentic cultural experience? Consider booking a tour with Gugu’s Township Tours hosted by Mosaic Tourism. Established in 2011, this incredible tour group gives tourists a taste of township life, local cuisine, friendly residents and more. New Brighton, Walmer, Motherwell, Kwamagxaki and Kwazakhele are just several townships visitors can look forward to visiting.

Entertain yourself

If it’s dazzling lights, endless shopping, fine dining and exhilarating gaming that you’re after, then look no further than The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment Complex. Located in Summerstrand, the complex houses a selection of international restaurants, specialist shops, a craft workshop as well as Starz Cinema –fun for the whole family.

Safari anyone?

Just 20 minutes from Port Elizabeth, you can drive alongside rhino, buffalo, zebra, giraffe and various antelope, at Kragga Kamma Game Park. This game park is situated in natural surroundings giving visitors that true African bush feel. It’s safe for visitors to drive through the park with their own vehicle or opt to drive In one of the park’s Land Rovers.

Go for a swim

One of Port Elizabeth’s greatest assets is its pristine beaches. Hobie Beach, King’s Beach and Wells Estate Beach are all worth a visit. Water temperatures vary between 18 and 21 degrees Celsius during summer and 14 to 19 during winter. Don’t forget to pack in a picnic, your umbrella and sunscreen!

So what you’re waiting for? There’s no time like now to take a Sho’t Left and explore the best that Port Elizabeth has to offer.

Keeping it wild at the Wild Coast’s Bulungula Lodge

It’s without a doubt that the Wild Coast has so much to offer especially with regard to accommodation where visitors get to relax and appreciate their surroundings in a scenic, lush and tranquil setting.

What’s up there with the rest of these quaint and beautiful lodges, hotels and B&Bs, possibly even raising the bar is Bulungula Lodge. A hidden gem that’s situated in the heart of the Wild Coast and near Nqileni Village, a traditional Xhosa village.

Upon arrival, guests will notice the 10 huts sprawled across the land and positioned in such a way that it gives guests in each hut a perfect view of the waves crashing on the shoreline below. According to Bulungula’s management, an artist from abroad spent nearly nine months decorating, painting and creating a visual masterpiece for each hut, giving guests that African feel.

Hut prices per night range from R190 for a dorm room to R570 for a triple room. If camping out and staring up at a starry sky is your thing, Bulungula offers tents from R100 per night for a standard tent to R420 for a luxury safari tent. These are incredibly reasonable prices considering the experience and hospitality guests get.

Highlights of the lodge definitely have to be the interaction with the Nqileni locals. Guests get to truly immerse themselves in the Xhosa culture, their way of living and how they celebrate life through dance and song. From face painting, brick making, maize stamping and traditional food preparation with the village women to learning how to catch crayfish and octopus by hand with the village men, there’s undoubtedly something for everyone to enjoy. For those that are more adventurous, explore the beautiful Xhora River by canoe or gallop on the water’s edge along the shoreline by horseback.

For anyone seeking adventure in the Wild Coast, Bulungula Lodge offers that and so much more.

Contact:

Bulungula Lodge

+27 47 577 8900
+27 83 391 5525

paradise@bulungula.com

Do yourself a favour – pack your bags and take a Sho’t Left to the Eastern Cape and explore the wonders of the Wild Coast, Bulungula Lodge and this amazing province.

 

 

Six reasons to visit the Golden Gate Highlands National Park

6 Nov 2017

What does it mean to be free? To unshackle yourself from the daily pressures of life and to completely absorb yourself in something truly breathtaking? Or is it the ability to explore the cultural nuances of a small town and the ancient lands that surround it? Perhaps it is to feel your heart beating beneath your chest as you embark on an adventure? The answer is all of the above! All of which can be found at the Golden Gate Highlands National Park in the beautiful Free State (where freedom is even in the name).

Read on and discover 6 reasons why you absolutely have to take a Sho’t Left and explore this incredible national park:

Breathtaking Scenery

When you finally get to take that much needed holiday, chances are you want to go somewhere that’s going to inspire you. At the foot of Lesotho’s Maluti Mountains – the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, will literally leave you high with inspiration with endless horizons, overlooking the vast beauty that is South Africa.

Loved for its unusual scenery and renowned for its golden aura as the sun lights up the sandstone cliffs and outcrops, the Golden Gate Highlands National Park is central to Johannesburg, Durban and Bloemfontein, making it the ideal escape if you long to stretch their legs, breathe fresh mountain air and let nature lift up your soul.

Wildlife

Since this is a national park, you won’t be starved for wildlife. Today Black Wildebeest, Eland, Blesbok, Oribi, Springbok and Burchell’s zebra graze its wild, grassy pastures, while rare bearded vultures circle the skies above the lost pathways of the San hunter-gathers, who once dwelt in the park’s caves.

Clarens

Right next door to the park, you’ll find one of the most charming little towns the Free State has to offer. No sooner do you arrive in Clarens than you find yourself in a frenzy of art-buying, restaurant-hopping, cycling, game driving, trout fishing, birding and late-night partying. You’ll ask yourself where exactly did that quiet weekend or couple of days go? To heaven, that’s where!

That’s the point! Clarens is so rich with experiences that you need to make sure you set aside enough time in the area because it passes all too quickly.

Adventure

Sometimes it’s not enough to just soak up awesome scenery, you need to immerse yourself in it, to be able to feel a part of it. In the Free State province, in and around the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, you can do exactly this. Whether it’s feeling the rush of the rapids with some white-river rafting or hiking up incredible mountains, there are plenty of adventures to have in this scenic corner of South Africa.

Fossils/dinosaurs

Around 200-million-years ago, large Jurassic dinosaurs roamed the plains of the eastern Free State back when the South America and Africa formed one giant continent called Gondwana.

The first time you visit the Clarens area in the Eastern Free State and someone offers you a brace of South African dinosaur droppings for inspection, who can blame you for laughing in disbelief?

But later, when they show you a 190-million-year-old fossilised egg of a Massospondylus dinosaur that lived in the Late Triassic and Early Jurassic era, a period from about 230-million years ago to about 185-million years ago, your jaw might drop in amazement.

Become a real-life fossil hunter on the ancient Drakensberg mountain range in the Golden Gate National Park.

Culture

If you’re looking for that raw mix of South African culture and breathtaking scenery, then you have to visit the Basotho Cultural Village in the Free State province.

The Basotho Cultural Village in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park is a unique South African cultural village where visitors are invited to experience authentic hospitality and learn about the traditional arts, crafts and ways of life of the Basotho people.

It is a completely immersive experience you’re likely to remember forever. The village is exactly that. It’s a rest camp that resembles an 18th century Basotho Village combined with replica homesteads dating from the 16th century to the modern day. In it you’ll find beautiful displays of the mural art of the Basotho, known as Litema.

If you’re on a cultural adventure through South Africa, or even just in the area, get inspired by tradition by filling your life with culture at the Basotho Cultural Village.

So go ahead, explore the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. You won’t regret it. It may be just what you needed! Take a Sho’t Left today and discover all the Free State has to offer.

Explore the Free State, a province buried in rich history

2 Nov 2017

As beautiful as the Free State is, it’s equally interesting and dynamic. It’s centred around traditional African cultures, as well as influences of the early European settlers. There’s so much to learn about this province’s history, and its great diversity of people.

It’s unquestionable that Free State culture is a true melting pot of traditions. Locals have descended directly from several traditional Southern African groups as well as a long line of Dutch ancestors. This combination has evolved into the unique South African culture of the Free State that we know today.

Arguably the first group to lay claim to this region were the San (Bushmen). Their ancient drawings speak of the animals that shared their lives on the Free State plains including, most interestingly, hippos. There are dozens of examples of San rock art dotted around the province, rated as some of the country’s most valued examples.

The Basotho or South Sotho people arrived here in the late 1700s. Despite many battles through the decades, including with the European settlers, the Basotho survived and have a strong presence in the province today. When visiting the Free State, you’ll notice hundreds of colourful Basotho huts made of reeds, grass and mud around the province. For a more intimate experience, visit the Basotho Cultural Village at Qwaqwa and immerse yourself in Sotho traditions. Or visit the Catharina Brand Museum at Ladybrand and see the transition of this culture from past to present.

Visitors can today enjoy these traditions at towns across the province and partake in warm, farm-style hospitality through the province’s choice of ‘farm stay’ experiences. Venture out and explore the self-drive tourism routes:

  • (Battlefields, Friendly N6, Diamond and Wine, BBT Heritage, Maloti and Goldfields);
  • The National Museum in Bloemfontein;
  • The Basotho Cultural Village;
  • The Golden Gate Highlands National Park (with San art sites);
  • The Catharina Brand Museum at Ladybrand.

Visitors should attend the various festivals held in the Free State that highlights the culture, spirit and energy of this incredible region. Philippolis Witblits Festival is held in June (a festival featuring traditional home-brewed alcoholic spirits); NAMPO Farm Show (agricultural show) takes place in Bothaville in May, and the Free State Food Fair and Macufe Mangaung African Cultural Festival in Bloemfontein is held in October.

What are you waiting for? The Free State has so much more to offer, so why not take a Sho’t Left and enjoy the beauty and adventure that lies in this province.

Travel Light – Affordable escapes for under R400

6 Oct 2017

Travel is a truly enriching experience, one that doesn’t have to come with a hefty price tag. In fact we believe that every person should make time for adventures that don’t break the bank. If you’re up for a quick affordable getaway, here are a few accommodation options that can help your pocket while enriching your soul. Check out (and check in to) these incredible holiday options for under R400 per person sharing.

 

Janmar, Free State

3 Star Grading

From R300/pps

Janmar Guest House can be found in the city of roses, Bloemfontein; where people are always friendly and will make your stay enjoyable.

 

Ledimor Guesthouse, Limpopo

4 Star Grading

From R400/pps

If you aren’t looking for a place that will leave you isolated, Ledimor in Limpopo is convenient as it 2 km from the Polokwane CBD while still being close enough to other attractions to give you that getaway feel.

 

The Old Mill and Dairy, Northern Cape

3 Star Grading

From R250/pps

The Old Mill and Dairy has a spectacular view of the Karoo Bushveld and koppies, as well as its very own wind pump ‑ the true emblem of the Karoo.

 

Emerald Guesthouse, Gauteng

3 Star Grading

From R300/pps

Emerald Guesthouse and B&B is situated next to Johannesburg International Airport, so you won’t be stuck in traffic when you land. They also offer full day and half day tours in and around Johannesburg, Soweto and Pretoria. So if you haven’t had the pleasure, introduce yourself to South Africa’s City of Gold.

 

Oyster Creek Lodge, Western Cape

3 Star Grading

From R350/pps

Oyster Creek Lodge is found between the tall trees and is surrounded by the Knysna Lagoon; you will have the pleasure of viewing 270° views of the estuary.

 

Sunnyridge Lodge, Eastern Cape

3 Star Grading

From R280/pps

This lodge overlooks Sunnyridge, a beautiful suburb and you can enjoy a host of activities being close to the Ocean, Golf Park and Grand Prix Circuit.

 

Rockview Lodge, Mpumalanga

4 Star Grading

From R400/pps

This Lowveld countryside is just 10 km from Nelspruit and is surrounded by breathtaking views, nursery, dam, picnic spots, game viewing and walking trails/birds.

 

Villa Lin-Zanè, North West

3 Star Grading

From R300/pps

Villa Lin-Zanè is just off the N14. It is a peaceful haven where you can relax and enjoy the quietness of nature.

 

Lilac Lodge/Purple House, KwaZulu-Natal

3 Star Grading

From R350/pps

Lilac Lodge/Purple House is situated in Winterton, take a break for a few days and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Tugela River and the glorious Drakensberg mountains.

 

Take a Sho’t Left

You see, you don’t need all the money the world to explore this beautiful nation of ours. There are always plenty of affordable adventures waiting for you around the corner, so take a Sho’t Left and explore South Africa.

National Parks Week 2017 – Get in touch with your national heritage

18 Sep 2017

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South African National Parks (SANParks) has officially opened its 12th annual SA National Parks Week at Golden Gate Highlands National Park, which runs from 18 to 22 September 2017, giving day-visiting South Africans free access to most of its 21 national parks.

Since September officially marks Tourism Month, what better time is there than now to embrace the South African bush. By being a tourist, you are doing tourism, and by doing tourism we can all help build a better future for all South Africans. In line with sustainable tourism, imagine the incredible possibilities of leaving a positive impact on places you visit, the community you interact with or positively contributing to the economy? Together, “We do Tourism Sustainably”.

This initiative is in partnership with Total SA and FNB and also falls in line with SANParks vision statement of ‘A sustainable National Park System Connecting Society’. SANParks Head of Communications, Janine Raftopoulos, on Friday said “the objective of the week is to cultivate a culture of pride in all South Africans in their relationship with the country’s natural, cultural and historical heritage.

“When people start to take pride in national parks, then we believe that they will start to understand the importance of conservation,” she said.

We seriously recommend you take SANParks up on this beautiful offer. Our national parks are our pride and joy and if you haven’t been in a while, or even at all, nothing beats the bush.

Addo Elephant National Park

11 – 16 September 2016

Agulhas National Park

Dates: 18 – 23 September 2017
The Park is an open access park with no pay points. Access to the lighthouse will be included as free access.

Augrabies Falls National Park

Dates: 18 – 23 September 2017

Bontebok National Park

Dates: 18 – 24 September 2017

Camdeboo National Park

Dates: 18 – 24 September 2017

Garden Route National Park

Dates: 16 – 23 September 2017

Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Dates: 18 – 24 September 2017

Karoo National Park

Dates: 18 – 22 September 2017
***First 100 visitors per day on the Saturday (23 September) and Sunday (24 September) gain free access.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Dates: 18 – 23 September 2017

Kruger National Park

Dates: 18 – 22 September 2017

Mapungubwe National Park

Dates: 18 – 24 September 2017

Marakele National Park

Dates: 18 – 24 September 2017

Mokala National Park

Dates: 18 – 23 September 2017

Mountain Zebra National Park

Dates: 18 – 22 September 2017
***First 100 visitors per day on the Saturday (23 September) and Sunday (24 September) gain free access.

Namaqua National Park

***Excluded from SA National Parks Week

Table Mountain National Park

Dates: 18 – 23 September 2017
***Free entry excludes Boulders Penguin Colony

Tankwa Karoo National Park

Dates: 18 – 24 September 2017

West Coast National Park

Dates: 18 – 22 September 2017

|Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park

Dates: 18 – 23 September 2017