Just how many parks and reserves will you visit in one year? That’s what the Wild Parks Challenge is all about. Find out who came top of the table in quarter 2 and get your entries in for round 3. There’s free Wild Card renewal up for grabs!

We’re blessed with an abundance of parks and reserves and with a Wild Card you have a year’s free access to more than 80 of them. In the Wild Parks Challenge we want to know exactly how many of these parks you get round to visiting in a year. The challenge runs from 1 November 2018 until 31 October 2019, with free Wild Card renewal to be won every quarter. The grand prize is a five-day stay for four people in a national park of your choice.

Quarter 2 ran from 1 February to 30 April 2019. While February may be a short month, the public holidays, long weekends and school breaks of March and April made up for it. As if you needed an excuse to head into the great outdoors!

Top of the table

The beautiful late summer weather and mild start to autumn proved just the ticket for wild escapes and this quarter we received more entries overall. Five members racked up double figures with their number of park visits. These people know how to make road trips and weekend getaways count.

But they were all left in the dust by Wild Card member Bheki-Mfundo Makgabo, who visited an astounding 30 parks during the second quarter. Bheki wins complimentary renewal of his Wild Card with this achievement.


Want inspiration for an epic road trip? Take a leaf out of Bheki’s book and plot a route that takes you from park to park, starting at Augrabies National Park and finishing at Kruger. Along the way, Bheki visited: Namaqua, Cederberg, Bird Island, Rocherpan, West Coast, Groot Winterhoek, Limietberg, Jonkershoek, Hottentots-Holland, Assegaaibosch, Gamkaskloof, Wilderness, Knysna, Outeniqua, Goukamma, Tsitsikamma, Robberg, Keurbooms River, Addo, Mountain Zebra, Oribi Gorge, Vernon Crookes, Harold Johnson Hazelmere, Hluhluwe, Phongolo, Mkhaya and Hlane.

With a total of 30 parks to his name, Bheki is hot on the heels of first round winner Dirk Wissing, who added a further 11 park visits for a total of 34.

The bonus prize of a khaki duffel bag goes to Joseph Beattie for visiting one of the parks in the spotlight: Agulhas, Golden Gate, Marakele, Mapungubwe and West Coast.

Also read: The Wild Parks Challenge: Quarter 1 winner

How to take part

Want to be in the running? Quarter 3 of the Wild Parks Challenge closes on 1 August 2019. So take advantage of the June long weekend and winter school holidays to visit our wild places and document your experience.

  1. Send a list of the parks you visit to [email protected] (subject line: Wild Parks Challenge). Competition period: 1 May to 31 July 2019.
  2. Provide evidence of the visit: entry permit number and photograph taken in the park/reserve/resort at identifiable point.
  3. Stipulate your Wild Card number and contact details.

View the competition rules and closing dates.

If you missed the closing date for the previous quarters, you can still submit park visits from 1 November 2018 to 30 April 2019 to count towards your overall total. Be sure to include your Wild Card number so we can keep track of your visits throughout the year.