(Eastern Cape) – Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa says South African National Parks (SANParks) gives people an opportunity to enjoy the sights of the country’s parks.
Molewas officially launched SA National Parks Week at the Addo Elephant Park in the Eastern Cape.
She used the occasion to highlight a slight decline in rhino poaching this year compared to 2015.
Nature lovers are welcome to visit 19 national parks in South Africa free of charge until Friday this week.
Molewa says the objective of SA National Parks Week is to create awareness on the importance of nature.
She says people must make use of this opportunity. She says: “You will definitely come out of there rejuvenated.”
SANParks CEO Fundisile Mketeni says it is important for people to know their parks.
He says: “This week gives an opportunity to people who would otherwise not be able to afford a chance to enjoy the parks.”
He says it is encouraging to see more and more people coming to visit the parks.
SANParks Managing Executive Tourism and Marketing Hapiloe Sello says SanParks would like to see more people, a lot more diversity in the people coming to visit the parks.
She says apart from the wildlife that people can emjoy, the are other activities that people can take advantage off such as bungee jumping.
She says they are also looking at introducing eco-healing which will give visitors a chance to focus on the soul and spiritual healing.
This story was sourced from SABC