The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) is pleased to announce that the annual Parks Week which gives members of the public free access to selected nature reserves in the province will commence from 13 – 17 September 2021.

The Parks Week initiative forms part of the province’s Tourism Month programme which is celebrated annually in September with the aim of encouraging locals to travel more and explore the various tourism attractions on offer.

“The current COVID-19 lockdown levels permits people to travel in a safe manner and further comply with the regulations in place. We are excited that the free entry will allow members of the public to come and explore the natural wonders of this province. Our nature reserves continue to comply with the COVID-19 regulations aimed at ensuring a safe environment”, said Mr. Johannes Nobunga, Chief Executive Officer of the MTPA.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a rippling effect on the tourism sector and with this initiative, we look forward to welcoming visitors to our nature reserves to rejuvenate”, added Nobunga.

A total of eleven provincial nature reserves throughout the province will be open to the public during the Parks Week. This is strictly for day visitors only. Accommodation is at the normal cost if people want to sleep over. The free access is also applicable to groups of not more than 20 people.

The following nature reserves will take part in the Mpumalanga Parks Week initiative:
  1. Manyeleti
  2. Loskop Dam
  3. Andover
  4. Sterkspruit
  5. Songimvelo
  6. Ohrigstad Dam
  7. SS Skosana
  8. Kromdraai Camp
  9. Mahushe –Shongwe
  10. Nooitgedacht
  11. Blyde River Canyon (Free entry only applicable on 17 September. School groups only on 18 September)

In order to be allowed free access, visitors will be required to present their South African Identity documents or valid South African driver's license. The set terms and conditions for this duration will apply.

"We invite everyone not to miss out on this opportunity to travel. We appeal to our locals to comply with the safety protocols that have been put in place at all our reserves", concluded Nobunga. For more information on the Mpumalanga Parks Week, contact Ms. Londiwe Ngwenya on 082 092 3913.

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