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Media Release: Rescued penguins return to the wild

Date: 2012-09-14

Forty-six African penguins were returned to the wild earlier this week after being rescued from Bird Island in Addo Elephant National Park.

We announce the winners of our annual writing competition!

Date: 2012-09-13

The annual writing competition was truly fun and exciting with brilliant literary pieces entered in all the various categories. We now have the pleasure of formally announcing the winners.

Media Release: KNP trainee ranger killed in tragic shooting accident

Date: 2012-09-10

An accident ocurred this morning during a practice session at the shooting range in Skukuza, where one of the KNP trainee rangers was accidentally fatally shot by a fellow trainee. 

Media Release: Free access to National Parks starts next week

Date: 2012-09-06

From Monday, 10 September until Friday, 14 September, the country’s body charged with the management of national parks, South African National Parks (SANParks) will allow locals with valid identity documents an opportunity to spend a day at a national park of their choice free of charge.

Kruger National Park flood repair update

Date: 2012-09-05

An update on the Kruger National Park flood repairs as at 07:00 a.m. on 5 September 2012.

Media statement: South Africa to sign MoU with Vietnam to address ongoing scourge in poaching and other environment crimes

Date: 2012-09-03

South Africa’s efforts to address the ongoing poaching of rhino for its horns will be taken to a new level when South Africa signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Vietnam at the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Media Release: KNP joins hands with Traditional Health Practitioners to fight poaching

Date: 2012-08-31

Kruger National Park (KNP) joins hands with Traditional Health Practitioners in an attempt to fight the escalating rhino poaching pandemic. Over 500 Traditional Health Practitioners from Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces gathered at Skukuza soccer stadium today (Friday, 31 August 2012) to declare their stand against rhino poaching.

Media Release: SANParks welcomes the conviction of two poachers and their sentencing to a combined 58 years

Date: 2012-08-31

South African National Parks (SANParks) welcomes the successful conviction of two suspected rhino poachers who appeared in the Nelspruit Regional Court today (Friday, 31 August 2012). We also welcome the stiff sentences imposed i.e. to an effective 29 years each.

Media Release: Marakele extends annual week of free access

Date: 2012-08-30

Marakele National Park (MNP) has announced that it will be extending the South African National Parks (SANParks) Week until Sunday, 16 September 2012.

Media Release: Four suspected rhino poachers arrested and three fatally wounded

Date: 2012-08-29

In a South African National Parks (SANParks) anti-rhino poaching operation four (4) rhino poaching suspects were arrested in the Kruger National Park (KNP) this week.

Wild Card Members: 10% discount at Namaqua Flowers Beach Camp

Date: 2012-08-28

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Media Release: Anthrax outbreak in the north of the KNP

Date: 2012-08-28

Over the last two days, 30 carcasses of roan antelopes were discovered at the Capricorn Rare antelope enclosure in the northern part of the park, around the Mopani camp area. The animals are believed to have died from yet another outbreak of the anthrax disease in the park, like it normally happens from time to time during this time of the year.

Media Release: Update on rhino poaching

Date: 2012-08-23

As part of government’s ongoing initiatives in the fight against rhino poaching, a National Enforcement Blitz was conducted by the Green Scorpions.  The Blitz, titled Operation Skhumba, was conducted jointly by officials from the national Department of Environmental Affairs as well as provincial Environment Departments.  

The Karoo National Park Golf Day

Date: 2012-08-22

The Karoo National Park and Honorary Rangers invite you to our Golf Day at Beaufort West Golf Club on the 8th of September 2012.

Media Release: Draft management plan for the African Penguin published for public comment

Date: 2012-08-22

21 August 2012 - The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa, yesterday, 20 August 2012 published, in terms of section 43 (3)(a) read with section 100 of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004 (Act No. 10 of 2004), a draft biodiversity management plan for the African Penguin Spheniscus demersus for public comment in Gazette No. 35607. 

Media Release: SANParks inspire thousands to enter magazine treasure hunt

Date: 2012-08-21

The beauty of South Africa’s national parks has been highlighted by a virtual treasure hunt staged by the country’s top travel magazine go! and Weg. The competition, with a total prize value of more than R600 000, has grabbed the attention of thousands of readers. To date, more than 36 000 entries have been received. 

Media Release: KNP launches artisan training programme in Skukuza

Date: 2012-08-21

The Kruger National Park (KNP) together with Scarce Skills Development and Training (SSDT), P.D Naidoo and Associates (PDNA), Automobile Training Academy (ATA); Nkangala Further Education & Training College and Eskom, launched an artisan training programme on Friday, 17 August 2012. The programme is aimed at training engineering students to become artisans.

Desert Knights Mountain-Biking Tour in |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park

Date: 2012-08-20

Namibia Wildlife Resorts is pleased to introduce the 2012 Desert Knights Mountain-Biking Tour within the |Ai-|Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park which will take place from the 28th October to the 1st November 2012.  

Media Release: Recapture the nostalgia with Custos

Date: 2012-08-17

The nostalgia associated with Custos, the national parks and wildlife magazine, can now be recaptured. This magazine was an invaluable source of scientific and historical information and carried interesting facts and figures about the parks’ fauna and flora. It also contained fascinating tales of wild and wonderful sightings, narrow escapes from the dangerous big five and amazing photography. 

Media Release: The 2012 Kudu Awards deadline extended

Date: 2012-08-22

The 2012 Kudu Awards organized by South African National Parks (SANParks) in partnership with First National Bank (FNB) has extended its deadline for entries until 31 August 2012. SANParks, Acting Head of Communications, Paul Daphne said the Kudu Awards are becoming one of the best conservation awards programmes in the country in which a lot of companies, individuals as well as community groups enter to showcase their work around environment and conservation of natural resources.

Wild Card Members: 10% discount at Namaqua Flowers Beach Camp

Date: 2012-08-14

The Namaqua flowers are calling. Imagine waking amidst fields of flowers and stepping from your tent onto an untouched beach...

We mourn the death of forumite Pam Merry

Date: 2012-08-14

We wish to convey our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Pam Merry. Pam, a very active member and contributer on our SANParks forums and senior virtual member, had an intense love for the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and all animals. She will be dearly missed.

Namaqua National Park flower report

Date: 2012-08-14

The flowers at Skilpad are quite stunning. It seems to be better than previous years, and visitors will really be missing something if they give Skilpad a skip.

Participate in our Booking Channels survey

Date: 2012-08-10

You are invited to participate in a research study conducted by SANParks, Reservation House and the Department of Tourism Management, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, University of Pretoria. The purpose of the study is to investigate the effective use of different booking channels by SANParks.


Media Release: Dates for annual week of free access to SANParks confirmed

Date: 2012-08-07

South African National Parks (SANParks) has announced that the official opening of the 2012 South African National Parks Week will be launched on Monday, 10th September 2012 at Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site in Limpopo.

Media Release: Heaviest snowfall in six years in Golden Gate

Date: 2012-08-07

Golden Gate Highlands National Park, managed by South African National Parks is covered in a blanket of snow and it is continuing to fall. According to Gerrit Potgieter, Hotel Manager: Golden Gate and Chalets, “this is the heaviest snowfall we have seen since 2006. The snow is continuing to fall and is really thick.” 

Media Release: SANParks hosts Email Free Hours/Day

Date: 2012-08-06

South African National Parks (SANParks) head office in Groenkloof hosted the SANParks E-mail free hours/day today (Monday 6 August 2012). The project was initiated two years ago and all SANParks regions and parks were encouraged to participate. Kruger National Park and Garden Route National Park have hosted this event once a quarter since 2010. 

Media Release: Postberg flowers are blooming beautiful

Date: 2012-08-01

Today marks the start of West Coast National Park’s official Flower Season, which runs from 1 August to 30 September every year. During this time the Postberg section of the Park (which is closed to visitors throughout the rest of the year) is open to the public, who come in their thousands to see the veld covered in carpets of colour.

Media Release: SANParks step up the fight against poaching in KNP

Date: 2012-07-31

Skukuza: As the country continues to see an onslaught on its rhino population at an alarming rate, South African National Parks (SANParks) has today(31 July 2012) inaugurated the first group of the 150 new Field rangers as announced by the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms. Edna Molewa at the beginning of the year as part of its International Ranger Day celebrations.

Vote for Clarens in the Town of the Year competition!

Date: 2012-07-27

Golden Gate Highlands National Park is collaborating with Clarens in an effort to win the national title as Town of the Year, which will benefit the park greatly.

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