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2013 SANParks Arid Cultural Event

Date: 2013-07-17

South African National Parks (SANParks) initiated SA National Parks Week in 2006. This week (9 -13 September 2013) focuses on free access for South Africans into almost all of the South African National Parks. The Arid region which includes Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Augrabies Falls National Park, Namaqua National Park, |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park and the Mokala National Park has for the last three years held a flagship regional event, the Arid Cultural Event in partnership with the Dept. of Economic Development and Tourism of the Northern Cape Province (DEDAT), at one of the parks to commemorate this week with its communities. This year the event will be celebrated at the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park with the focus on cultural heritage, on Wednesday, 18 September 2013.

2013 SANParks Arid Cultural Event

Date: 2013-07-17

South African National Parks (SANParks) initiated SA National Parks Week in 2006. This week (9 -13 September 2013) focuses on free access for South Africans into almost all of the South African National Parks. The Arid region which includes Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Augrabies Falls National Park, Namaqua National Park, |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park and the Mokala National Park has for the last three years held a flagship regional event, the Arid Cultural Event in partnership with the Dept. of Economic Development and Tourism of the Northern Cape Province (DEDAT), at one of the parks to commemorate this week with its communities. This year the event will be celebrated at the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park with the focus on cultural heritage, on Wednesday, 18 September 2013.

Media Release: Awards aplenty for Mountain Zebra National Park

Date: 2013-07-16

Mountain Zebra National Park walked away from the 2012/13 SANParks Regional Awards evening with an armful of awards.  The ceremony is held annually to celebrate the top achievers from the four national parks in the Frontier Region – namely Addo Elephant-, Mountain Zebra-, Camdeboo- and Karoo National Parks.

Media Release: Animal casualty not a result of a controlled fire

Date: 2013-07-15

The South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to refute claims that a fire, which injured a young elephant and possibly a rhino in the Kruger National Park (KNP) recently was part of the controlled fires currently being administered in the park. 

Media Response: Sedgefield Ratepayers meeting feedback

Date: 2013-07-15

The Edge newspaper (dated 3 July 2013) highlighted feedback from the Sedgefield Ratepayers meeting (on page 8). SANParks wishes to bring these facts to the attention of the Ratepayers and the general public. The response is outlined in point form following the chronological order of the issues raised:

The SANParks 2013 Photographic Competition now open for entries!

Date: 2013-07-10

The SANParks 2013 Photographic Competition is now open for entries from 1 July 2013 until 31 August 2013.

Media Release: Mapungubwe restaurant still operational

Date: 2013-07-08

South African National Parks (SANParks) wishes to dismiss rumours that are spreading about the closure of Mapungubwe restaurant, which is situated in the Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage site, near Musina in Limpopo. The restaurant has merely changed operators and was not closed down.

Media briefing from Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs on the approval of the Rhino Trade Proposal

Date: 2013-07-04

South Africa is a Party and founding member of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, a trade convention that aims to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

Media Release: 50% discount on all accommodation to celebrate 50 years of GGHNP

Date: 2013-09-02

On 13 September 1963, Golden Gate Highlands National Park (GGHNP) was officially proclaimed by the government as a national park and 2013 marks 50 years since that proclamation.

Latest update on the Kruger National Park flood damage

Date: 2013-09-13

The latest update on the Kruger National Park flood damage as at 12:00 on 13 September 2013.

KNP's Stevenson-Hamilton Knowledge Resource Centre remains closed

Date: 2013-07-01

The closure of the museum at the Stevenson-Hamilton Knowledge Resource Centre in the Kruger National Park (KNP) at Skukuza Rest Camp, which was scheduled to reopen on 30 June 2013, has been extended to 31 July 2013. The museum has been temporarily closed for renovation since 3 December 2012 to date.

 

Excellence in the Northern Region Parks awarded at an event in Golden Gate

Date: 2013-06-28

The South African National Park’s (SANParks) Northern Cluster parks, consisting of three national parks (Mapungubwe National Park & World Heritage Site, Marakele National Park and Golden Gate Highlands National Park), Achievement Awards took place on Thursday, 27 June 2013 at the Golden Gate Hotel in the Free State. This is one of the initiatives driven by the annual Kudu Awards in an attempt to award excellence throughout SANParks.

Professor Brian Allanson honoured by SANParks

Date: 2013-06-27

Professor Brian Allanson scooped the Research Award for 2013. He was honoured by SANParks during the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) Regional Awards, held in Tsitsikamma on 21 June 2013. 

Media Release: Rhino poaching update

Date: 2013-06-26

A total of 129 alleged rhino poachers have been arrested in South Africa since the beginning of the year.  

Media Release: Entries open for SANParks' Environmental Journalist Awards

Date: 2013-06-26

Entries for the South African National Parks' (SANParks) Environmental Journalist Awards, are open.

Media Release: Interesting Sightings at Augrabies Falls National Park

Date: 2013-06-25

Augrabies Falls National Parks (AFNP) has revealed a bit more about its illusive self this month with three remarkable sightings. A Leopard, Aardwolf and an Aardvark were all spotted in the park.

Invitation to participate in a Responsible Ecotourism questionnaire

Date: 2013-06-25

The Tourism Research entity (TREES) at North West University, in collaboration with South African National Parks (SANParks), is conducting research to develop responsible ecotourism rating/grading criteria for SANParks.

Media Release: The 2013 Kudu Awards opens for entries

Date: 2013-06-24

The 2013 Kudu Awards organized by South African National Parks (SANParks) in partnership with First National Bank (FNB), has opened for entries.

40% discount on accommodation and camping at Nature's Valley in the GRNP

Date: 2013-06-24

South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering a special 40% discount to short notice online reservations for accommodation and camping at Nature’s Valley Rest Camp in the Garden Route National Park. 

Media Release: Kruger National Park achievers dazzle for top notch

Date: 2013-06-24

The 13th Kruger National Park (KNP) Achievement Awards took place on Friday, 21 June 2013 in Skukuza. The award recipients displayed great pleasure and pride as they walked the stage to collect their prizes.

Latest update on the Kruger National Park flood damage

Date: 2013-06-21

The latest update on the Kruger National Park flood damage as at 10:00 on 21 June 2013.

Media Release: Rhino poaching update

Date: 2013-06-20

The total number of rhino poached since the beginning of the year has risen to 428.  

Mokala National Park celebrates Arid Region Achievers and its 6th birthday

Date: 2013-06-20

The South African National Parks' (SANParks) Arid Regional Achievement Awards took place on Wednesday, 19 June, 2013 in Mokala National Park. The hosting park, Mokala also celebrated its 6th birthday with all the award winners. The venue buzzed with excitement and anticipation in line with the special “Digging for Diamonds” themed event. 

Holiday fun at Mountain Zebra National Park

Date: 2013-06-18

Mountain Zebra National Park outside Cradock has an exciting winter school holiday programme lined up between 22 June and 6 July 2013.

Media Release: Karoo National Park employees' pedal power

Date: 2013-06-14

Two youngsters from Karoo National Park outside Beaufort West have decided to “go green” for World Environment Month – they’ve swopped their cars for bicycles.

 

Media Release: Winter brings snow to Karoo National Park

Date: 2013-06-14

Karoo National Park outside Beaufort West, has received its first snow for the year. The first snowfall came overnight on 1 June, and again a week later on 8 June – in the area of the Park known as Puttervslei, on the Nuweveld Mountains.

Media Release: Shingwedzi reopens some of its facilities to tourists

Date: 2013-06-13

The Kruger National Park (KNP)’s Shingwedzi Rest Camp will reopen some of its facilities to tourists tomorrow, 14 June 2013; after it was temporarily closed in January due to floods that saw the whole Rest Camp under water.  

Media Release: Rhino poaching update

Date: 2013-06-12

The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, is to meet Mozambique's Minister of Tourism, Mr Carvalho Muaria, in Maputo on Friday as part of ongoing efforts to improve relations between the two countries. 

Media Release: Cradock learners taught to "Think. Eat. Save."

Date: 2013-06-12

Mountain Zebra National Park, in conjunction with the Inxuba Yethemba Municipality, celebrated World Environment Day at the Ncaca Primary School in Cradock last week. The day’s theme was “Think.Eat.Save” and the objective was to educate dozens of learners about the importance of the day.

Special long weekend discounts at Augrabies Falls National Park

Date: 2013-06-12

South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering special discounts to short notice online reservations for selected accommodation and camping at Augrabies Falls National Park for the forthcoming long weekend. 


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