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Media Release: Stolen endangered Cycads to be replanted in Addo Elephant National Park

Date: 2015-03-03

A total of 44 confiscated cycads, stolen near the town of Jansenville in the Eastern Cape, will be replanted in Addo Elephant National Park.  The cycads are estimated to be at least 500 years old. 

Media Release: Addo Elephant National Park Management Plan up for review

Date: 2015-03-03

South African National Parks (SANParks) is revising the park management plan for Addo Elephant National Park (AENP).  The purpose of the park management plan is to guide the future management of the park for the period 2015 – 2025.

Speech delivered by SANParks Chief Executive at the celebration of the World Wildlife event

Date: 2015-03-03

Speech delivered by SANParks Chief Executive, Mr Fundisile Mketeni at the celebration of the World Wildlife event at Skukuza in the Kruger National Park on 3 March 2015.

Media Release: No let-up on fire in Table Mountain National Park

Date: 2015-03-03

A fire that started in the early hours of Sunday morning on the Muizenberg Mountains has spread significantly, all vegetation of the Silvermine section of Table Mountain National Park has been burnt and the infrastructure including office buildings, campsites,  board walks continue to be at risk. 

'Far' schools once again at Augrabies Falls National Park.

Date: 2015-03-02

Augrabies Falls National park was once again very fortunate to have received funding from the Virtual Rangers for the ‘Far Schools’ initiative. 

Media Release: SANParks Honorary Rangers renovate People’s Trail Hut in TMNP

Date: 2015-03-02

The SANParks Honorary Rangers, Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon and Table Mountain National Park celebrated the hand-back of the newly renovated People’s Trail Hut. 

Media Release: Serial muggers handed 8 year prison sentence after TMNP ranger arrest

Date: 2015-02-24

South African National Parks (SANParks) has various plans in place to deal with safety and security in the park often leading to break-through’s such as the arrest of two serial muggers positively identified by the Table Mountain Visitor Safety Unit Rangers on Signal Hill in Table Mountain National Park (TMNP).

Media Release: SANParks Honorary Rangers act to help save irreplaceable cycads

Date: 2015-02-20

Criminals in the Addo area of the Eastern Cape poached more than fifty irreplaceable cycads over Valentine’s weekend. Two truckloads of cycad, many reaching between 3 and 4.5 meters high, were confiscated by authorities.  These plants are slow growing and are between 500 and 1000 years old. An aerial census of the area identified more dug up cycads in the veld.

Media Release: SA's first-ever Certificates of Commendation by CITES

Date: 2015-02-18

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa has congratulated South African law-enforcement authorities combating rhinoceros-related crime, on being awarded Certificates of Commendation by CITES. It is the first time South Africa has been afforded this accolade.

Free access to the Wilderness Section of the Garden Route National Park on 21 February 2015

Date: 2015-02-18

The concerted efforts of the Eden District Municipality to host the upcoming Man and Biosphere (MAB) workshop in Wilderness, resulted in the Wilderness Section of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) declaring its first Open Day for 2015.

Online survey: Evaluation of unguided overnight hiking trails 2014

Date: 2015-02-17

We would hereby like to invite you to participate in an online survey to determine the needs and requirements of hikers.

Media Release: Table Mountain Rangers launches manhunt for perpetrators in heinous attack

Date: 2015-02-12

12 February 2015: Following a second mugging on Saturday 8 January 2015 in approximately the same vicinity of a previous mugging three weeks ago, Table Mountain National Park rangers have launched a massive manhunt for the perpetrators.  Rangers are daily combing the area in their search to prevent and apprehend the suspects.

Media Release: Addo's new Langebos Huts launched

Date: 2015-02-11

Set within the picturesque Alexandria Forest in the Woody Cape Section of Addo Elephant National Park, a new, exclusive accommodation offering is set to be a hit with birders, those who enjoy escaping to a private destination under a canopy of trees and others who just wish to “get away from it all”. Prospective visitors with a special interest in botany, trees, ferns and mushrooms will also delight in using this accommodation as their base from where to explore the forest.  

Spend your Valentine's Weekend at Golden Gate Hotel and Chalets

Date: 2015-02-11

Spend a romantic weekend away at the Golden Gate Hotel and Chalets. Two packages have been created especially for you:

Media Release: Announcement of the committee of inquiry to deliberate on relating to a possible trade in rhino horn.

Date: 2015-02-10

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa today introduced the Committee of Inquiry tasked with investigating the feasibility of a trade in rhino horn.

Media Release: West Rand Region's Kruger National Park birding weekends

Date: 2015-02-06

The 2015 SANParks Honorary Rangers, West Rand Region’s birding weekends are in full swing in the Kruger National Park.  Held in partnership with Birdlife South Africa and Sasol, these weekends held across 20 camps within the park are aimed raising funds for conservation through educating and exposing the public to the wonders of birding.

Media Release: Rhino Tears Wine raises R100K in three months to combat poaching

Date: 2015-02-06

A new wine brand, launched at the end of 2014, has already raised over R100 000 to be used in the war against rhino poaching within South Africa’s national parks. The Rhino Tears range of wines, from the Mt Vernon estate in Cape Town, donates proceeds from every bottle sold to Unite Against Poaching, and after selling 8852 bottles since its launch in October 2014, has now contributed the substantial amount to the cause.

Media Release: 2015 Kumba Marakele Marathon and Half Marathon

Date: 2015-02-04

South African National Parks (SANParks) is once again partnering with Anglo American’s Kumba Iron Ore to present the 6th annual Kumba Marakele Marathon (KMM) on Saturday, 7 March 2015 at Marakele National Park (MNP), Limpopo.

Segways for Valentine's stroll

Date: 2015-02-04

Visitors to the Ebb & Flow rest camp (Wilderness section of the Garden Route National Park) can now traverse the Kingfisher Trail on a Segway. 

Recent increase in vessel and boat permits

Date: 2015-02-03

The recent increase in activity tariffs in the GRNP was informed by the National Conservation Fee Policy of SANParks (2011). This policy was established to guide the organisation based on recommendations made by McKinsey Business Consultants. The guideline is to implement a system of differential pricing (market-related) for entry into all Parks. 

Media Release: Fall in love with SANParks Online Discount

Date: 2015-02-03

South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering a 25% discounted rate for new reservations made through the SANParks online booking system for selected Parks and Camps for bookings from Thursday 12 February to Sunday 15 February 2015. 

Crackdown on environmental crimes

Date: 2015-01-30

"Between April 2014 and October 2014, 85 people were fined and five arrested for environmental crimes related to the Knysna estuary.  There were seven court appearances and 23 warrants of arrests", according to Owen Govender, Senior Section Ranger, Knysna, Garden Route National Park (GRNP).  

"Wetlands for our future" - Join Us

Date: 2015-01-30

Next Monday, 2 February 2015, marks World Wetlands Day. 

Media Release: Camdeboo buffaloes presumed back in their natural habitat

Date: 2015-01-30

The whereabouts of the two buffaloes spotted along Mountain Drive towards the end of last year is still unknown, although it is possible that they could have returned to their natural habitat.  The pair has not been seen since rangers lost track of them in the thick reeds and bushes along the Sundays River the day after they were first sighted. Local resident, Susan Edwardes, first spotted the animals while walking with her dogs along Mountain Drive on 31 December.   

Cape of Good Hope water line upgrade commences

Date: 2015-01-27

21 January 2015: Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) would like to inform visitors of the upcoming infrastructure projects in the Cape of Good Hope (CoGH) section of the Park. 

Oranjemund Private School's prefects visit the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park

Date: 2015-01-26

Oranjemund Private School’s learner leaders (from the Primary School’s section) had the privilege to visit the Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park from 16 - 18 January 2015.

Garden Route National Park staying the path...

Date: 2015-01-19

A letter from the General Manager: Garden Route National Park, Jill Bunding Venter:
The first month of every new year is normally a time for resolutions, new hopes, determination and a fresh lease on life. And while this is true for the Garden Route National Park (GRNP), it has also become a time for reflecting over the past year. 2014 was not only the year which marked twenty years in South Africa’s young democracy, it also marked the 50th year of successful management of the Tsitsikamma Marine Protected Area (MPA). 

Sea lettuce in Knysna estuary not toilet paper

Date: 2015-01-14

Following complaints from citizens that toilet paper was seen floating in the estuary, Professor Brian Allanson (‘Prof’) of the Knysna Basin Project reported on the cause of the evident sea lettuce/ macro-algae to the Knysna Pollution Action Committee (SANParks, Knysna Municipality, Eden District Municipality and the Knysna Basin Project).  

Maintenance of the Tsitsikamma main suspension bridge starts 12 January 2015

Date: 2015-01-08

Kindly note that maintenance work on the main suspension bridge in the Storms River Mouth Rest Camp will commence on 12 January 2015. 

40% discount on selected Wilderness Trails in the Kruger National Park

Date: 2015-01-08

South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering a special 40% discount to new, short notice reservations for selected Wilderness Trails in the Kruger National Park. 


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