This month, the Garden Route National Park has the pleasure to host the Otter Trail Run which is organised annually by Magnetic South. This year marks the fifth year since the inception of the race in the Garden Route, yet it still attracts more than 150 athletes every year. The average age of participating athletes ranges from 38 to about 40 years old.
In the aftermath of the disastrous floods in the Southern part of the Kruger National Park, the Park’s Director, Mr David Mabunda, confirmed that Crocodile Bridge, Pretoriuskop, Lower Sabie and Skukuza rest camps are closed until 22 February 2000. Mopping up operations and re-commissioning of priority services such as power and water is under way.
Due to the heavy rains of the last six days, the Marakele National Park near Thabazimbi in the Northern Province is closed to tourists until further notice. The Matlabas River burst its banks leaving the road to the tented camp inaccessible. Other roads in the Park are also inaccessible and day visitors will not be allowed to drive through the Park.
The South African National Parks Reservation Office in Cape Town, previously situated at 44 Long Street, has moved and now operates from two convenient and easily accessible premises.
The emergency situation that resulted in the closure of all the restcamps in the southern part of the Kruger National Park since 10 February 2000 has now been lifted. All utility services have been restored to full capacity and the south of the Park is set to resume operations according to the following schedule:
Further to minor inaccuracies in media reports on the re-opening of the restcamps in the Kruger National Park, South African National Parks (SANP) wishes to confirm the following:
South African National Parks (SANParks) requests expressions of interest for the appropriate commercial use of the Hoerikwaggo Tented Camps and related tourism facilities at sites within the Table Mountain National Park
Many requests for information about malaria in the Kruger National Park (KNP) are being received from prospective visitors, and the South African National Parks (SANP) wishes to provide facts and perspective on the current situation.
The South African National Parks (SANP) has poured cold water on a sensational and mislede report in the Mail and Guardian that 1000 elephants will be culled next year. According to Mavuso Msimang the Chief Executive of SANP "no decision has been taken to kill any elephants in the Kruger National Park".
South African National Parks (SANP) are happy to report that life in the Kruger National Park has become normal again after the most devastating floods in the history of the Park since it was opened to tourists in 1927.
Television viewers who watched SABC’s news bulletins last night, Tuesday 18 April 2000, may have got the erroneous impression that the Kruger National Park is still closed and inaccessible to visitors because of the bad conditions of the roads that lead to it.
Media Release: South African National Parks And The University Of Port Elizabeth To Collaborate To Turn Greater Addo National Park Into Reality
The offices of the Scientific Services Section of the South African National Parks (SANP) in Port Elizabeth were officially launched today at a ceremony at UPE. The establishment of an office of the Scientific Services Section of the South African National Parks (SANP) in Port Elizabeth arises from the organisation’s commitment to the Greater Addo National Park project as discussed at a Stakeholder Workshop held in February 1999 at the University of Port Elizabeth (UPE). In this regard the SANP relocated three scientists (Dr M Knight, Dr G Castley and Mr T Simelane), a game capture veterinarian (Dr P Morkel); and a support staff member (Mr R Williams) from the Kimberley Scientific Services office in December 1999 to the new Port Elizabeth office. They bring ecological and veterinary expertise gained in managing ten other national parks in diverse systems such as the Karoo to Richtersveld, and Kalahari to Limpopo.
AFRICA’S first formally declared trans-border conservation area – the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP) on the border of South Africa and Botswana – was officially launched today (May 12, 2000) by SA President Thabo Mbeki and Botswana President Festus Mogae.
Media Release: South African National Parks (Sanp) Announces Concession Opportunities Under Its Commercialisation Programme
Details of concession opportunities available under South African National Parks’ much anticipated commercialisation programme were outlined at a press conference held today at the head office of the country’s premier conservation agency.
A fire that threatened to wipe out one of the most scenic spots in Tsitsikamma, the Soetkraal, was successfully controlled. The fire started on Friday evening, the 30th of August 2013.
South Africa’s world famous quagga breeding programme has received a tremendous boost with the signing of a cooperative agreement between SA National Parks (SANP) and the Quagga Project Association.
From the N2 the forests look thick and dense from Wilderness right through to Tsitsikamma. Take time to pull over and explore the accessible part of the Southern Cape’s moist, high forests. There are boardwalks under the big trees providing easy access.
From Monday, 9 September until Friday 13, September, you can visit Karoo National Park for free. This is thanks to the fact that South African National Parks (SANParks), the country’s body charged with the management of national parks, will be allowing locals with valid identity documents an opportunity to spend a day at a national park of their choice, free of charge.
From Monday, 9 September until Friday 13, September, you can visit Mountain Zebra National Park for free. This is thanks to the fact that South African National Parks (SANParks), the country’s body charged with the management of national parks, will be allowing locals with valid identity documents an opportunity to spend a day at a national park of their choice, free of charge.
South African National Parks (SANP) would like to warn the unsuspecting public about a group of unscrupulous individuals, clad in SANP look-alike uniforms, selling items like pens and key holders supposedly to raise funds for nature conservation.
From Monday, 9 September until Friday 13, September, you can visit Camdeboo National Park for free. This is thanks to the fact that South African National Parks (SANParks), the country’s body charged with the management of national parks, will be allowing locals with valid identity documents an opportunity to spend a day at a national park of their choice, free of charge.
A survey to determine the prevalence of Bovine Tuberculosis (BTB) within the buffalo population in the Kruger National Park was conducted in 1998. The results indicated BTB occurs at high prevalence in the southern region of the Kruger Park (42% infection), at moderate prevalence in the Central region (21% infection), and very low prevalence in the area north of the Olifants River (1,5% infection). At present buffalo are the only known maintenance host of BTB in the Kruger Park.
The management of the West Coast National Park is happy to announce that, due to the late rains, the Postberg Flower season will start on 14 August 2000 and run for 2 months, until 8 October 2000.
The renowned Skilpad Section of the Namaqua National Park has opened its gates to visitors this flower season. The late and erratic rainfall has resulted in a later flower season, but the Skilpad Section is a mass of orange daisies. Visitors that take the time to walk some of the short trails will be rewarded with a spinning diversity of spring annuals and bulbs.
South African National Parks (SANP) is pleased to announce that it has amended its policy on deposits for visits to parks with immediate effect. Unlike the old policy which required full payment within 30 days of booking, the new one only requires that 33% of the amount be paid within 30 days of booking and the balance 30 days prior to arrival at the parks.
Media reports about the highjacking of two American tourists over the weekend have created the impression that the incident took place at the Kruger National Park. This is, however, incorrect and the Kruger National Park would like to put the incident in perspective.
The Kruger National Park (KNP)’s Managing Executive, Abe Sibiya handed over 200 indigenous plants to various faith based structures yesterday (2 September 2013) at the Living Waters Church in Mkhuhlu, as part of the Arbor Week celebrations.
The Kruger National Park (KNP) Scientists and Rangers in conjunction with Working on Fire teams will apply the high intensity prescribed burn in the southern part of the Park on 2 - 3 September 2013. The teams will start with what is called a multiple spiral ignition on the 2nd of September at 15:30 and then perimeter ignition on the 3rd of September, also in the afternoon. Some parts of the gravel roads will temporarily be closed during the burn; in order to completely allow the ignition to end.
The Ministers responsible for environmental matters in Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe signed an Agreement this morning formally committing the three nations to collaboratively establish what for the time being is being referred to as the Gaza-Kruger-Gonarezhou Transfrontier Park.
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