Trail running with the Golden Gate Highlands National Park as course, a golf day for conservation or a birding weekend at the postcard pretty Marakele National Park… Make sure to save the date for these exciting events.

Trail running in the wild

Picture courtesy of Wild Series

It’s almost that time of the year again when avid trail runners show what they’re made of for the three-day Golden Gate Challenge taking place from 19 to 21 October 2018. This is your chance to experience parts of Golden Gate Highlands National Park rarely seen by the public – think Little Serengeti and the ancient Cathedral Cave. Over the course of three days, participants will have to complete some 70km, braving mountainous terrain and high altitudes, all in aid of the park’s bearded vultures. Choose between three rate options: full package at R3,800 (includes conservation donation, catering and accommodation), runner’s package at R3,500 (includes conservation donation and catering) or a second runner’s package at R2,800 (only includes conservation donation). Visit the Golden Gate Challenge’s website for more information.

Swing for conservation

Picture courtesy of Centurion Country Club, Facebook

Are you a fan of golfing for a cause? Dust off you clubs for the SANParks Golf Day on 9 November 2018 at the Centurion Country Club. At R10,000 per four-ball, teams will have the opportunity to raise funds for our national parks’ brave anti-poaching rangers. The cost per team includes green fees, halfway house, goodie bags and a prize giving ceremony. The competition format will comprise of a four-ball alliance with two scores to count on all holes using a Texas Scramble for tee-off. Companies or individuals who would like to partake can contact Loudrick Mabuza ([email protected], +27 (0)12 426 5012) or Nthabiseng Moeletsi ([email protected], +27 (0)12 426 5034) for more information.

Weekend for birders

Picture courtesy of SANParks

Join the SANParks Honorary Rangers: Marakele Region from 23 to 25 November 2018 for an unforgettable birding weekend held at Marakele National Park’s Environmental Education Centre. Many bird species call the picturesque Waterberg mountains home: Gurney’s sugarbird, short-toed rock thrush, buff-streaked chat, orange-breasted bushshrike, Cape grassbird and crimson-breasted shrike, to mention but a few. And the park’s Cape vulture colony is undoubtedly a not-to-be-missed sight. The weekend costs R1,800 per person and includes accommodation, birding and a Big Five walk. Take note that rates exclude food and beverages. Send an email to [email protected] for more information. All proceeds will go towards conservation projects identified by SANParks.