Tourism minister encourages South Africans to visit national parks

September is tourism month, and Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane is encouraging South Africans to visit various attractions, especially national parks. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane is encouraging South Africans to visit various attractions, especially national parks during this tourism month.

Kubayi-Ngubane wants South Africans to now get out and enjoy their beautiful country.

"Let's preserve the jobs, let's preserve the businesses." 

"So that we can be able to have a thriving nation for everybody to put food on the table," Kubayi-Ngubane said.

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Throughout the drive along the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park, the minister appealed to South Africans to welcome and protect international tourists.

"We do not want to see the old incidences where tourists are attacked and where tourists are not safe in our country,” Kubayi-Ngubane said.

Tsitsikamma boasts the world’s highest commercial bungee-jump, as well as the only canopy tours in an indigenous forest in Africa.

"National parks are the melting pot of natural heritage of our country," 

"We have everything if you are interested in adventure if you are interested in Safari if you are interested in cultural heritage we have it all in national parks." Reynold Thakhuli, SanParks spokesperson.

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Thakhuli says while over 80 percent of visitors are from South Africa, they want even more locals to be able to enjoy them.

"We are making an effort and opportunities for Black South Africans to visit national parks, for instance we will be launching the Stokvel packages," Thakhuli said.

The good news is, tourism week has been moved to later this year, so people can enjoy free entry between the 16-20 November.

Source
eNCA