Apart from the essential ecotherapy and sheer enjoyment it provides, visiting nature reserves is an important way to help the environment.
The entrance fees contribute much-needed funds, and our support for reserves shows politicians we care about conservation and expect them to also.
If you're planning on visiting even two national parks this year, consider getting a Wild Card: it’s an annual renewable membership with worthwhile nature-related discounts, and buying one encourages you to discover more of SA’s protected areas. It makes a great green gift too.
You can choose to get a Wild Card that covers the whole country, or that just applies to a region of your choice.There are also options to get a card for individuals, two people and families. Once you've paid the annual fee, you have access to all the parks listed under your choice without having to pay entrance fees. An individual "all cluster" Wild Card, for example, gives you access to over 80 reserves around the country and costs R360.
Foreign nationals can buy International Wild Cards, which are more expensive but still a good deal.
See the "Wild" web site for more info.
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