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Activities at Parks

Astronomy (Stargazing)

Presentations of the southern hemisphere skies and African star lore, followed by night sky viewing through a large telescope, are combined with sunset and night game drives from Olifants Rest Camp to a remote site on the river bank where the telescope is set up for the evening.

4x4 Trails

Ai-Ais/Richtersveld is only accessible in 4x4 vehicles. There are 4x4 trails available at a number of parks. Please see each parks information for more details.

Adventure Activities (River Rafting, Bungi, Mountain Biking etc)

External private groups often operate these, e.g. Blackwater Tubing at Tsitsikamma and the 3-in-one challenge at Augrabies. As these activities are external to SANParks, such activities may be advertised in the parks themseleves.

Back-pack Trails:

There are back-pack and 'slaak-pack' trails available at a number of parks. Please see each parks information for more details.

Beach Access

Beaches are available at Addo Elephant, Agulhas, Knysna/Wilderness, Namaqua, Table Mountain, Tsitsikamma and West Coast.

Birding, Canoeing

3-day canoe trails are available at Wilderness. Casual boating and canoeing can be done here too and at Golden Gate, Tsitsikamma (Nature's Valley) and Knysna.

Conferencing

Conference facilities of varying capacity are available in the KNP as well as at a number of parks. Please see each parks information for more details.

Fishing

Fishing permits are available at Addo Elephant, Agulhas, Bontebok, |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld and West Coast. Angling has been stopped at Tsitsikamma because of the drastic decline of rocky shoreline species.

Flower Season

Flower Season (usually at its height in the months of August and September) is a feature at Agulhas, Bontebok, Namaqua, West Coast and Wilderness. Flower displays are found in other parks as well. Watch these parks' sites for seasonal updates.

Game Watching, Golf

Kruger (Skukuza) is the only SANParks venue that operates a golf course. However many of the other parks have golf courses in their near vicinity.

Guided Game Drives (Night and Day) and Guided Walks

Park guided day and night drives are permanently available at a number of parks. Please see each parks information for more details.

Hikes, Walks and Trails

Historical Exhibits

Historical exhibits are to be found in all of the parks.

Horse Riding

Park facilitated horse riding is available in Addo Elephant, Golden Gate and Mountain Zebra

KNP Wilderness Trails

Lebombo Eco Trail

Motorcycling

  • Agulhas National Park - Motorcycle friendly
  • Golden Gate Highlands National Park - Motorcycle friendly
  • Karoo National Park - Motorcycles allowed after prior arrangement
  • Knysna National Lake Area - Motorcycle friendly
  • Namaqua National Park - Motorcycles allowed on all public roads
  • Tankwa Karoo National Park - Motorcycles allowed
  • Tsitsikamma National Park - Motorcycle friendly
  • West Coast National Park - Motorcycle friendly
  • Wilderness National Park - Motorcycles allowed on designated routes

Mountain Bike Trails

Mountain Biking is permitted in a number of parks where animals do not pose a safety threat to riders, as well as at Olifants in the KNP. Please see each parks information for more details.

Otter Trail - Tsitsikamma

Picnic Sites

Available in all parks.

Restaurants and Cafeterias

Such facilities affiliated to SANParks are available at most parks, and if not there is usually such a facility in nearby towns. |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld is perhaps the exception.

Sailing

Permitted at Knysna, West Coast and Wilderness.

Scenic Landmarks

Occuring in all the parks. Table Mountain (Table Mountain), Augrabies Falls (Augrabies) and the Agulhas Lighthouse (Agulhas) are some of the more renowned landmarks.

Shops

Shops of some size are found in virtually all the parks and if not are available in adjacent towns or urban settlements. Please see each parks information for more details.

Snooker

Available at Golden Gate.

Television

Available in some parks. Some other camps and parks will put up a big screen to cover major sporting events. Please see each parks information for more details.

Tennis

Available at Golden Gate.

Trails, Walks and Hikes

Whale Watching

Can be done at Addo Elephant, Agulhas, Table Mountain, Tsitsikamma, West Coast and Wilderness