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April 07, 2009

Choose your favourite national park and win


Table Mountain National Park, photo courtesy Pet_r

Visit the Table Mountain National Park during the month of April and cast your vote for your favourite South African national park. 

The national elections are fast approaching but you can make your mark right now for a vote of a different kind: tell us which national park you like best.

South Africa is home to a wonderful variety of national parks:

Addo Elephant National Park:
The Addo Elephant National Park is situated in the dense bushveld of the Sundays River region in the Eastern Cape. This beautiful park is a sanctuary for over 450 elephants, Cape buffalo, black rhinoe and a variety of antelope species.

Agulhas National Park:
Agulhas is the southern-most tip of Africa situated in Struisbaai near Bredasdorp, just off the Garden Route. The geographical extremes of this ruggedly beautiful park capture the imagination of contemporary explorers.

Augrabies Falls National Park:
Augrabies Falls National Park is situated on both the northern and southern sides of the Orange River. There are few parks that offer a sight as awesome as the water thundering down the 56m Augrabies Waterfall when the Orange River is in flood – an experience of a lifetime.

Richtersveld National Park:
Richtersveld National Park is situated at the Orange River crossing two countries on both sides. The dramatic landscapes, high mountains and rugged kloofs mark the vast desert region that is managed jointly by the South African National Parks and the local Nama people.


Photo courtesy Tara Turkington

Bontebok National Park:
Bontebok is situated in the Southern Cape, with the Breede River flowing through it. With the Langeberg Mountains as a majestic backdrop to a wealth of floral beauty, this park has a peaceful charm and beauty to it.

Camdeboo National Park:
Camdeboo encircles the town of Graaff-Reinet in the Karoo. The park allows visitors unique insights into the untamed ecosystem of the Karoo – not to mention the breathtaking beauty of the region.

Golden Gate Highlands National Park:
Golden Gate is situated in the Maluti Mountains in the Northern Free State Highlands. The park’s evocative name is derived from the striking shades of gold that the sun casts on the sandstone cliffs that tower majestically above the main rest camp.

Karoo National Park:
Karoo National Park is situated 7km from Beaufort West in the Great Karoo. The lofty Nuweveld Mountains and rolling plains dominate the park, which is home to a fascinating diversity of wildlife.

Kgalagadi National Park:
Kgalagadi is situated in the Northern Cape near Upington. It is a park of vast magnitude where sparse vegetation, dry riverbeds and red sand dunes show wildlife off to great advantage and provide spectacular photographic opportunities.

Knysna National Lake Area:
Knysna nestles on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. It is a real natural wonderland, surrounded by tranquil lakes, lush indigenous forests and golden beaches.


Photo courtesy Tara Turkington

Kruger National Park:
Kruger National Park is situated in Mpumalanga nearest town is Nelspruit. This world-renowned park offers a wildlife experience that rivals the best in Africa.

Mapungubwe National Park:
Mapungubwe borders the Limpopo River to the north of Pretoria. This World Heritage Site is the ideal location for those in search of peace and serenity while viewing the park’s wildlife and birds – not to mention uncovering the fascinating history of the World Heritage Site.

Marakele National Park:
Marakele is situated in the magnificent Waterberg Mountain Range in the Northern Province. The park is characterised by the contrasting majestic mountains, grassy hills and deep valleys. 

Mountain Zebra National Park:
Mountain Zebra National Park is situated 25km west of Cradock. The rolling plains of this sanctuary for the Cape mountain zebra are embraced by the rugged Bankberg mountains.

Namaqua National Park:
Namaqua National Park is situated 22km north-west of Kamieskroon, 495 km north of Cape Town off the N7 route to Namibia. Visitors are met by fields of flowers, enormous granite outcrops, star-studded nights and the icy Atlantic Ocean in this floral paradise.

Table Mountain National Park:
Table Mountain National Park encompasses the incredibly scenic Peninsula mountain chain stretching from Signal Hill in the north to Cape Point in the south of Cape Town. Two world-renowned landmarks – Table Mountain and the Cape of Good Hope – are found within this park of beautiful valleys, bays and beaches.


West Coast National Park, photo courtesy Juergen Schulte

Tankwa Karoo National Park:
Tankwa Karoo National Park is situated 103km from Ceres – three hours from Cape Town. In this unique national park, you will find rare and endangered species in breathtaking landscapes.

Tsitsikamma National Park:
Tsitsikamma National Park is situated along South Africa’s southern coastline near the Knysna area. Stretching some 5km to sea, the heartland of this park protects a magnificent diversity of inter-tidal life, reef and deep-sea fish.

Vaalbos National Park:
Vaalbos National Park is situated on the banks of the Vaal River between Delportshoop and Barkly West. Visitors are given an insight into the three different ecosystems of the park as they merge into one along the Vaal River, where a variety of game grazes among the Vaalbos.

West Coast National Park:
West Coast National Park is just inland from the secluded harbour of Saldanha Bay. Sheltered islands, pristine beaches and salt marshes are home to a vast concentration of birdlife.

Wilderness National Park:
Wilderness National Park is situated in the heart of South Africa’s famous Garden Route. The park is characterised by a captivating world of beaches, rivers, lakes and estuaries which unfold against a beautiful backdrop of lush forest and majestic mountains.

You can book for any national park by contacting the Table Mountain Visitor Information Centre on +27 21 422 1075 or tablemountain@capetown.travel.


Photo courtesy Franco Caruzzo

Every vote will be entered into a lucky draw and will stand to win the grand prize of a week-long getaway at a national park in the Western Cape for a family of four.  Wild Cards and CPT cards will also be given away as spot prizes.

The Wild Card is a loyalty card system that makes national parks, nature reserves and resorts in South Africa more accessible to locals and visitors.

Using the Wild Card regularly works out cheaper and easier in the long run, than paying the conservation fees each time you visit a park or nature reserve. Wild Card membership is valid for one year for South African residents and SADC nationals.

The Wild Card gives you free, unlimited entry to all selected venues, subject to availability. It is best to book in advance during peak season and busy periods to beat the crowds.

Remember, you have to enter the competition to win it! You can vote in our online poll (in the right hand sidebar) or at the Table Mountain Visitor Information Centre.

Terms and Conditions

  • The competition is free and anyone may enter, except employees of SANParks, Cape Town Tourism and their immediate families and their advertising and promotion agencies.
  • The competition closes at 12 noon on 30 April 2009, and no late entries will be accepted.
  • The draw will take place at Cape Town Tourism VIC Table Mountain office.
  • The winners will be notified via telephone week of on the 094 May 2009.
  • The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The prize is subject to availability during off-peak season, and is not transferable and may not be exchanged for cash.
  • The prize excludes all extra’s including gratuities, laundry, transportation,food and telephone bills.
  • SANParks and Cape Town Tourism cannot be held liable for any disputes arising between the competition winners or any entrants and Cape Town Tourism.


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