For one week in September, South Africans will once again be allowed to enjoy their natural heritage free of charge, with day visitors getting free access to the Kruger National Park and all other national parks in the country.
The eighth annual South African National Parks (SANParks) Week runs from 9 to 13 September.
"A number of events have been lined up to encourage South African citizens to visit the park and experience the beauty," Kruger National Park spokesperson William Mabasa said this week.
Mabasa said the aim was to encourage South Africans to take care of the country's conservation areas.
South African day visitors who present their green bar-coded identity documents will be allowed free entry that week. Children under the age of 12 will not need proof of identity.
Groups regarded as commercial ventures, such as private open safari vehicle operators, tourists who come to the park on tour buses, and overnight visitors will not qualify for free access.
"The normal daily quota at the gates will still apply during that week, and preference will be given based on first come, first served basis," Mabasa said.
As part of the week, Kruger Park management will be engaging with neighbouring communities in Limpopo and Mpumalanga province.
"We will be visiting sick children at Maphutha L Malatji Hospital in Phalaborwa and hosting a group of individuals with visual disabilities, affording them an opportunity to touch and feel the bush."
Mabasa said that nature conservation should not be out of anyone's reach as it formed part their culture and heritage.