The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) today officially started its Parks Week programme as part of the Tourism Month. The Parks Week is an annual programme, which gives members of the public free access to selected nature reserves in the province and this year’s programme starts from 12 until 16 September 2022.

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.

"We are excited that the free entry will allow members of the public to come and explore the natural wonders of this province. We are ready to welcome visitors to our nature reserves to rejuvenate", said Mr. Mduduzi Vilakazi, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the MTPA.

Eleven (11) 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 school learners.

The following nature reserves will take part in the Mpumalanga Parks Week initiative:

  1. Andover
  2. Manyeleti
  3. Songimvelo
  4. Kromdraai Camp
  5. Loskop Dam
  6. Ohrigstad Dam
  7. Mahushe Shongwe
  8. SS Skosana
  9. Nooitgedacht
  10. Sterkspruit
  11. Blyde River Canyon (Free entry only applicable on 16 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.

Vilakazi encouraged everyone not to miss this opportunity to travel and explore what Mpumalanga has to offer. For group bookings, please contact our Central Reservations office on or Ms. Londiwe Ngwenya on 082 092 3913.

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