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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.

Invitation to participate in our SANParks Tourism Research questionnaire

Date: 2012-07-26

SANParks in collaboration with the Tourism Research entity (TREES) at North West University is conducting research regarding the key issues pertaining to game drives. 

Media Release: KNP on a mission to Keep Kruger Clean

Date: 2012-07-25

Kruger National Park’s (KNP) HOD: Tourism and Marketing, Ms Lucy Nhlapo has officially launched the “Vukani the Vulture” mascot today, Wednesday (25 July 2012) during the Keep Kruger Clean Campaign. The mascot will assist in keeping Kruger clean by influencing people to change their behaviour about littering in the park.


Media Release: Conserving the environment by volunteering

Date: 2012-07-25

The annual Kruger National Park (KNP) Birding Weekends, which started as a leisure activity for outdoor enthusiasts, has turned into a nature conservation initiative worth R2.5 million per annum. Organised by the South African National Parks Honorary Rangers of the West Rand Region and sponsored by Sasol, the event now celebrates its 15th anniversary. These events attract over 700 birding enthusiasts and experts from across the country and internationally, over three consecutive weekends each year. 

Media Release: SANParks walks for rhinos

Date: 2012-07-23

South African National Parks and Unite Against Poaching attended the 702 Walk the Talk to unite against poaching. Staff members helped "walk" a rhino through the streets of Johannesburg in an attempt to create awareness  for the plight of our country's rhino.

Our SANParks online gallery receives over 10 million views!

Date: 2012-07-23

Our SANParks online gallery recently received over 10 million views! SANParks would like to thank all our visitors for contributing and sharing their precious memories and images, relevant to our parks, on our gallery and making this achievenment a reality.

Media Release: UNITRANS VW & Audi boost SANParks anti rhino poaching efforts

Date: 2012-07-20

Pretoria: The Unite Against Poaching campaign, managed under the wing of UNITRANS Volkswagen & Audi and the SANParks Honorary Rangers, has generously sponsored a customized Volkswagen Amarok dog unit single cab bakkie worth over R400 000 to the South African National Parks (SANParks) to be used in the anti-poaching efforts in the Kruger National.

SANParks celebrates Mandela Day

Date: 2012-07-18

In celebration of Mandela Day, South African National Parks (SANParks) spent the morning in Edenvale at Little Eden, a home that cares for persons with intellectual disabilities. SANParks played with the children from Little Eden and donated clothing to the home.

Media Release: DNA profiling to combat rhino poaching

Date: 2012-07-18

During a ceremony held in Pretoria, Unite Against Poaching handed a cheque of R 250 000 to the Onderstepoort Veterinary Genetics Laboratory of the University of Pretoria. This donation is in support of a project to create a Rhino DNA database. The RHoDIS project utilises the latest DNA profiling techniques to combat poaching and strengthen rhino conservation by promoting scientific management of the rhino population. 

Media Release: Fatal drowning in Kruger National Park

Date: 2012-07-17

South African National Parks (SANParks) regrets to announce the fatal drowning of a 4 year old girl at the Lower Sabie Camp swimming pool in Kruger National Park this afternoon (17 July 2012). Doctors were called to the scene and tried everything in their power to save her but they were unable to. The South African Police Services are investigating the incident. SANParks would like to send their condolences to the family and wish them strength in their hour of darkness. 

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