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Media Release: One suspected poacher fatally wounded in Kruger National Park

Date: 2012-10-08

In an anti-poaching operation, carried out on the evening of Saturday, 6 October 2012, Kruger National Park rangers made contact with three armed suspected rhino poachers at the Crocodile Bridge section of the park in which a shoot-out ensued. 

Media Release: New accommodation bookings terms and conditions for 2013

Date: 2012-10-08

The South African National Parks (SANParks) will embark on a process of introducing new terms and conditions for accommodation sales as of 01 January 2013.


First-ever Mountain Zebra National Park Sasol Birding Weekend

Date: 2012-10-08

There is still time for novice and experienced birders to sign up for the first-ever Sasol Birding Weekend at Mountain Zebra National Park. The Park’s Honorary Rangers, who are organising the weekend, hope that this inaugural event will become an annual one.


Media Release: The DEA updates on the work of the Rhino Issue Manager

Date: 2012-10-08

4 October 2012 - The Department of Environmental Affairs wishes to update South Africans on the work of the Rhino Issue Manager appointed by the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Minister Edna Molewa. 


Red-billed Oxpeckers re-introduced into Mokala National Park

Date: 2012-10-01

South African National Parks (SANParks) and The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) released 21 red-billed oxpeckers into the Mokala National Park on 22 September 2012. 

Media Release: SANParks announces successful bidders

Date: 2012-09-28

South African National Parks (SANParks) announced the successful bidders for some of its key Restaurant and Retail facilities in National Parks at the country’s premier conservation agency’s head office in Pretoria on 28 September 2012.

Media Release: Marakele National Park safe following fire

Date: 2012-09-26

South African National Parks (SANParks) said in a statement today that tourists planning to visit the Marakele National Park in Thabazimbi this week are free to book and make use of the park following a fire blaze in the mountainous area of the park.

Media Release: SANParks supports World Rhino Day

Date: 2012-09-20

The third annual World Rhino Day will be celebrated on Saturday 22 September 2012 worldwide. In an effort to contribute to the fight against rhino poaching, South African National Park (SANParks) encourages all South Africans to mobilise themselves in this battle and join in the activities planned around the country. This year’s theme for World Rhino Day is “Five Rhino Species Forever”, which celebrates both the African and Asian rhino species. 

Kruger National Park flood repair update

Date: 2012-09-20

An update on the Kruger National Park flood repairs as at 07:00 a.m. on 20 September 2012.

Media Release: Update on rhino poaching

Date: 2012-09-18

The latest rhino poaching statistics.

Kruger National Park flood repair update

Date: 2012-09-17

An update on the Kruger National Park flood repairs as at 11:00 a.m. on 17 September 2012.

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. 

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