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Suspected rhino poachers in Mapungubwe appear in court

Date: 2014-08-19

South African National Parks (SANParks) Environmental Crime Investigators (ECI) in partnership with the South African Police Services Special Organised Crime arrested four suspected rhino poachers following poaching of a white rhino on 23 July 2014 in Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site outside Musina, Limpopo. 

Free entry into the Garden Route National Park

Date: 2014-08-18

Over 1, 500 people last year responded to the call to visit the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) for free. This year, SANParks invites all members of the public to visit various sections of the picturesque Garden Route National Park(GRNP) during SA National Parks Week (8 – 12 September 2014). The nine-year old campaign held every September encourages all members of the public, young and old to visit National Parks.

Namaqua National Park Flower Report

Date: 2014-08-15

Namaqua National Park Flower Report as on 12 August 2014. South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to update guests about the flowers in Namaqua National Park this season.

Media Release: SANParks Honorary Rangers presented with award

Date: 2014-08-14

At the Rhino Conservation Awards 2014, held recently at Montecasino in Johannesburg, the SANParks Honorary Rangers were presented with a rhino conservation award. This important event also coincided with the celebration of World Ranger Day.

Media Release: Environmental Affairs Minister leads implementation of integrated strategic management of rhinos in SA

Date: 2014-08-12

The South African Government will implement integrated strategic management of rhinoceros in South Africa.

Media Release: Jackal carcasses discovered in Addo Elephant National Park

Date: 2014-08-12

11 August 2014 - Conservation staff at Addo Elephant National Park have discovered the carcasses of 21 jackals and one crow in the main game viewing area of the park, following reports from tourists early this morning.

Full moon success for Kruger rangers and the SANDF

Date: 2014-08-12

11 August 2014 - South African National Parks (SANParks) today announced a successful operations deployment during the full moon this weekend against rhino poachers in the Kruger National Park (KNP). 

Media Release: Invitation to join the Camdeboo National Park Forum

Date: 2014-08-06

Camdeboo National Park and its current Park Forum members are calling all interested stakeholders to join them at their next meeting on Thursday 21 August.

Media Release: South Africa completes ratification of the Benguela current convention

Date: 2014-08-05

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa has announced that South Africa has completed the ratification process of the Benguela Current Convention (BCC). 

Trail buffet

Date: 2014-08-05

The AFB Southern Cross Trail Run takes place in one of South Africa’s hotspots for holiday destinations and serene outdoor vistas. Where towering mountains and thick indigenous forest meet azure blue oceans teaming with sea life and rolling breakers. This is the Garden Route of South Africa and surely one of the premium locations for this trail running extravaganza. 

Marakele National Park commemorates World Rangers Day

Date: 2014-08-05

Rangers from Marakele National Park left their posts for a while and gathered at the Park’s sports grounds on Thursday, 31 July 2014 to commemorate World Rangers Day. This is a yearly event which aims to honour those rangers who lost their lives in the line of duty and acknowledge the brave, tireless and critical role of the park rangers around the world in protecting the world’s natural systems and endangered species.

Media Release: Publication of amended Alien & Invasive Species Regulations

Date: 2014-08-05

4 August 2014 - The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has published the amended regulations on Alien and Invasive Species (AIS) in terms of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act on Friday, 1 August 2014. 

Media Release: World Ranger Day celebrated at Addo Elephant National Park

Date: 2014-07-31

Rangers from the four national parks in the Frontier region converged at Addo Elephant National Park today to commemorate World Ranger Day.

Committed to conservation

Date: 2014-07-31

As rangers gather around the globe to commemorate International Rangers Day, their counterparts who work in the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) want to spend the day rekindling their love for nature. ‘It is nature that underpins tourism in the Park’ says Regional coordinator for the campaign, Owen Govender, who is also the Senior Section Ranger for the Knysna section of the Park.

Media Release: Supporting our rangers who protect our rhino

Date: 2014-07-31

A single day is never enough to celebrate the commitment and dedication of those people who put their lives at risk to look after our children’s heritage.  In the ongoing fight to preserve our natural heritage, World Ranger Day is just such a day. This day is observed across the world on the 31st of July and it is a chance to celebrate the work of our rangers and also to remember those who have lost their lives in protecting our national parks.

Birders identification and conservation course - Pretoria region

Date: 2014-07-31

One of SANParks' peers in the conservation arena, Birdlife SA, through their Western Cape Birding initiative, is running another bird identification and conservation course in the Greater Pretoria region on the 25th and 26th of September 2014.

Bookings open for Punda Mania Team Birding Event 2014

Date: 2014-07-25

Enjoy a unique birding experience that only Punda Maria has to offer this November. The SANParks Honorary Rangers of the West Rand region will be hosting the successful Punda Mania Birding Event once again, from 13 to 16 November 2014.

Media Release: Rhino carcass discovered in Mapungubwe National Park

Date: 2014-07-24

South African National Parks (SANParks) today announced that a fresh rhino bull carcass, with its horns removed, was discovered yesterday in the Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site near Musina in Limpopo Province. The crime scene is currently being investigated by a South African Police Services forensics team together with SANParks Environmental Crime Investigators.

Address by SANParks Chairperson, Mr Kuseni Dlamini to the media

Date: 2014-07-23

Ladies and gentlemen of the media thank you kindly for honouring our invitation and also showing interest in the affairs of South African National Parks. This meeting aims to put in context important aspects of SANParks affairs and please take note that this is based on facts.

Media Release: SANParks congratulates Magistrate Msibi for sentencing

Date: 2014-07-22

South African National Parks (SANParks) today, 22 July 2014,  welcomed the heavy sentencing of a rhino poacher to a total of 77 years in prison for rhino poaching and related offences. He was sentenced in the Nelspruit Magistrates Court today.

33% discount to online bookings for accommodation & camping in Cape region

Date: 2014-07-22

South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering a special 33% discount to short notice online reservations for accommodation and camping at three National Parks in the Western Cape. 

SANParks invites participation in tourism research for people with disabilities

Date: 2014-07-17

South African National Parks often partners with universities and other research institutions to help us investigate the changing trends, habits and wishes of our tourism clientele.  This latest survey is aimed specifically at park visitors with disabilities, particularly people with physical, visual and hearing impairments.

Media Release: SANParks opens bookings for 2015 winter holidays

Date: 2014-07-17

The South African National Parks (SANParks) announced today that the holiday bookings in various national parks under its management for the June 2015 to July 2015 period will open on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 from 07h30 for the call centres and email bookings. Online bookings will open on 23 July 2014. 

Media Release: SANParks and Unitrans Unite Against Poaching

Date: 2014-07-16

Unitrans Volkswagen re-affirmed its commitment in the fight against rhino poaching with the signing of a new sponsorship agreement with the South African National Parks (SANParks) Honorary Rangers at SANParks Head Office in Pretoria today. 

Media Release: Rhino Poaching update

Date: 2014-07-10

The number of rhino poached since the beginning of 2014 has increased to 558, with 157 people being arrested for rhino poaching. 

Media Release: SANParks applauds court sentence

Date: 2014-07-09

South African Nationals Parks (SANParks) today welcomed the sentencing of two Mozambican Nationals to 16 years in prison for poaching and related offences. They were sentenced in the Nelspruit Magistrates Court.

Media Release: SA National Parks Week dates announced

Date: 2014-07-07

South African National Parks (SANParks) will be launching its 9th annual SA National Parks Week at Tsitsikamma in the Garden Route National Park from 8 to 12 September 2014. This is in line with its vision statement of ‘Connecting to Society’.

Media Release: The 2014 Kudu Awards call for nominations

Date: 2014-07-04

South African National Parks (SANParks)  is once again calling for the 2014 annual Kudu Awards nominations. In its 10th year of celebration, the Kudu Awards is SANParks’ way of honouring and celebrating those people who eat, sleep and breath conservation. 

Media Release: KNP gate quotas set for the school holidays

Date: 2014-06-24

Day Visitors to the Kruger National Park (KNP) are requested to take note of gate quotas when planning their visit, as these will strictly be enforced during the coming school holidays which start on Saturday, 28 June until Sunday, 20 July 2014. 

Media Release: SANParks gears up for tourism growth

Date: 2014-06-20

The SANParks Infrastructure Program is in the process of investing significant amounts of money into various tourism infrastructures in the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP). 


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