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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. 

Media Release: Update on rhino poaching statistics

Date: 2012-07-17

The number of rhinos poached in South Africa since the beginning of this year now stands at 281 with a total of 176 individuals arrested in connection with rhino poaching.

Update on Heavy Rain Alert in the Garden Route National Park

Date: 2012-07-17

The latest update on the heavy rain notice, issued for the Garden Route National Park, as at 20:30 p.m. Monday, 16 July 2012.

Media Release: Heavy Rain Alert in the Garden Route National Park

Date: 2012-07-13

South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to inform visitors to the Tsitsikamma and Wilderness Sections of the Garden Route National Park about heavy rainfall currently in the area. 

Media Release: Annual Honorary Rangers Indaba

Date: 2012-07-13

At a recent event SANParks CEO, Dr. David Mabunda called the SANParks Honorary Rangers a “pillar in the building of SANParks.”  This is an indication of the important role the Honorary Rangers is playing in support of our National Parks.   This involvement is growing in strength as our latest achievements shows.

Clarens, the Freestate winner in Town of the Year competition!

Date: 2012-07-13

The town of Clarens, situated in close proximity to the Golden Gate Highlands National Park has been voted as the Freestate winner in the Town of the Year competition, hosted by Rapport and Kwêla.

Be a judge in our SANParks 2011 - 2012 Writing Competition!

Date: 2012-07-11

Entry for the 2011 - 2012 SANParks Writing Competition has been closed. We have selected the stories, poems, essays and trip reports to be shortlisted and have published these on our forum. It is now in your hands to read, enjoy and vote for your favourite in each category!  We genuinely appreciate your participation in judging this competition.

Revised Zoning System - Kruger National Park

Date: 2012-07-09

In the last approved management plan South African National Parks reflected on the need to re-think the zonation system for the Kruger National Park (Kruger NP) to reflect the complexity of managing a National Park in the 21st century. As a result, the revised zonation is based on the imperatives for the conservation of biodiversity, socio-economic upliftment, land restitution, proposed Greater Lebombo Conservancy (GLC) buffer zone in Mozambique  and opportunities for tourism development as a vehicle for economic growth in the regions where the park is situated. 

Media Release: SANParks Kudu Awards entries are now open

Date: 2012-07-09

The 2012 Kudu Awards – organized by South African National Parks (SANParks) in partnership with First National Bank (FNB) is now open for entries.  

Media Release: Plant a tree at Cecilia Car Park

Date: 2012-07-05

Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) will be hosting a series of public tree planting days at Cecilia Car Park on Rhodes Drive in July and are inviting the public to get their hands dirty. 

Invitation to participate in our Mobile App online survey and prize draw

Date: 2012-07-05

SANParks constantly strives to connect with society. For this reason we would like to request all our customers to participate in our online survey which will serve to gage your thoughts on the possibility of creating and implementing Mobile Apps which will enable you to interact with the SANParks services from the comfort of a mobile device. 

Media Release: DEA clarifies its efforts to thwart rhino poaching

Date: 2012-07-04

3 July 2012 - The Department of Environmental Affairs would like to quash allegations by animal rights activists that criticised efforts to address on-going rhino poaching, urging them to be part of the solution instead of playing to the gallery. 

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