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Positive People and Conservation Projects in the SANParks Arid Region

Date: 2012-12-21

We take a look at various People and Conservation projects hosted in the South African National Parks (SANParks) - Arid Region.

The GRNP urges hikers to stick to the rules when hiking the Otter Trail

Date: 2012-12-19

The Otter Trail is a world-renowned experience, normally fully booked at least a year in advance. It's popularity is due to various factors such as the untouched scenery and breathtaking geology, degree of difficulty and especially adventure where the Bloukrans River has to be crossed. There has always been a set of rules to adhere to enhance the serious hikers’ experience and minimize the risk to both the hiker and the park. 

Media Release: Success of "Operation Rhino Alive" in the Kruger National Park

Date: 2012-12-19

The South African National Parks (SANParks) announced today that five suspected poachers were arrested over this past long weekend. The suspects were in possession of ammunition, a silencer and two high caliber hunting rifles. 

We welcome a new blogger to the SANParks blog

Date: 2012-12-19

South African National Parks (SANParks) has the pleasure of welcoming Christopher Clark to our blog

Media Release: Karoo National Park extends fence

Date: 2012-12-18

Visitors to the Karoo National Park outside Beaufort West in the Western Cape have an extra treat in store for them since the beginning of December.   The predator-proof fence which previously surrounded the rest camp and caravan park has been extended, allowing greater freedom to walk within the rest camp area.

Book now for Christmas Day lunch at Karoo National Park's Restaurant

Date: 2012-12-13

Bookings for Christmas day lunch are now open for all visitors to the Karoo National Park outside Beaufort West.  

Media Release: Conservation efforts impacts on rates at National Parks

Date: 2012-12-13

The South African National Parks (SANParks) announced this morning that for the 2013/14 tariff year, annual increases in conservation fees will be higher than anticipated, mainly as a result of an increase in conservation operational costs.

Media Release: Escape to the outdoors this Festive Season

Date: 2012-12-12

The Festive Season is upon us – the sun is out, the Cape Doctor has arrived – and with Table Mountain officially inaugurated as a New 7 Wonder of Nature, it’s the perfect excuse to escape to the outdoors these holidays! Here are some helpful tips to help you enjoy Table Mountain National Park during the Festive Season:


Book now for Christmas Day lunch at Addo Elephant National Park's restaurant

Date: 2012-12-12

Bookings for Christmas day lunch are now open for all visitors to Addo Elephant National Park outside Port Elizabeth.  

SANParks Accommodation Availability now on Facebook!

Date: 2012-12-12

"In love with Storms River? Addicted to camping in Tamboti? Can’t get enough of Kgalagadi? Finding the right accommodation for the right time can be a time-consuming task, which is why we bring you SANParks Accommodation Availability via Facebook. Now you can check your favorite places’ availability, and chat with your friends on Facebook, all at the same time", says Nedret Saidova, Senior Manager: E-Business Division.

Media Release: SANParks enlists retired army general to command anti-poaching

Date: 2012-12-12

The South African National Parks (SANParks) said this morning that as part of its tactics to fight the rhino poaching scourge in the Kruger National Park (KNP) it has acquired the services of a retired decorated army Major General who is highly rated to oversee the overall anti-poaching operations in the park.

The Mopani Rest Camp December 2012 Holiday Programme

Date: 2012-12-11

Take a look at all that Mopani Rest Camp has to offer during the December 2012 Holiday Programme.

Media Release: SA and Vietnam sign MoU to fight rhino poaching

Date: 2012-12-10

International efforts in the fight against rhino poaching were today intensified when the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Minister of Agricultural and Rural Development of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Dr Cao Duc Phat. The MoU between the two countries is on cooperation in the field of Biodiversity Conservation and Protection and was signed in Hanoi, Vietnam. 

Media Release: KNP to enforce gate quotas during the festive season

Date: 2012-12-10

Day visitors planning to visit the park during this festive season are reminded that gate quotas will be enforced. Day visitors are advised to make a pre-booking to secure their entry at the entrance gate.

The Parks Shop's exciting holiday programme ensures a fun-filled festive season!

Date: 2012-12-07

The Parks Shop in selected camps in the Kruger National Park will be hosting an exciting, fun-filled edutainment programme during the upcoming December holidays. Interactive activities range from creating christmas decorations to story hours and much, much more. 

Media Release: Camdeboo National Park's buffalo herd gets two new bulls

Date: 2012-12-06

Two four-year-old buffalo bulls have been released into the Camdeboo National Park.  

Media Release: Kruger National Park's museum closes for refurbishment

Date: 2012-12-05

The museum section of the Stevenson-Hamilton Knowledge Resource Centre in Skukuza in the Kruger National Park (KNP) will shut down all operations to undergo a complete refurbishment. The section will be closed from today, 05 December 2012 until 30 June 2013. At the same time the library and its functions will not be affected by these renovations.

Media Release: Weather conditions favour fires in Table Mountain National Park

Date: 2012-12-05

The month of November was particularly dry and windy and TMNP fire officials therefore expect a busy fire season in the months ahead. The expected adverse weather conditions will lead to an increase of fire flare-ups during this coming season.

Media Release: Table Mountain National Park takes top spot

Date: 2012-12-05

Table Mountain National Park has won the Best Performing Park award at the prestigious South African National Parks (SANParks) Kudu Awards ceremony held at Gallagher Estate in Midrand on Friday, 30 November 2012.These national Awards recognise SANParks staff members and parks throughout the country for their exceptional performance during the year and their efforts in customer service excellence with various categories under the Chief Executive Awards. 

Media Release: SA and Vietnam to sign MoU in the field of biodiversity conservation

Date: 2012-12-04

South Africa and Vietnam to sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperations in the field of biodiversity conservation and protection, next week.

Media Release: SANParks and private sector take rhino poaching war to the skies

Date: 2012-12-04

Ichikowitz Family Foundation bolsters SANParks’ surveillance capability to save the rhino.

Media Release: Table Mountain National Park inaugurated as New 7 Wonder of Nature

Date: 2012-12-03

Table Mountain National Park (TMNP), managed by South African National Parks (SANParks) was officially inaugurated as a New 7 Wonder of Nature in Pretoria today. Dr David Mabunda, SANParks CEO said this initiative has touched the lives of South Africans and  is a symbol of hope, unity and transformation. The mountain has brought South Africans together for a common goal, in line with SANParks vision of ‘Connecting to Society’.

Media Release: Conservationists celebrated at Kudu Awards

Date: 2012-11-30

The South African National Parks (SANParks) supported by First National Bank (FNB) awarded deserving conservationists at their 8th annual Kudu Awards ceremony held at Gallagher Estates in Midrand this evening (30 November 2012).

Media Release: Table Mountain NP Visitor Safety Team ready and prepared for season

Date: 2012-11-30

Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) yesterday congratulated 30 Visitor Safety Rangers in an official Passing Out Parade at the foot of Table Mountain. With a full squad of 60 visitor safety rangers and 11 visitor safety dogs, TMNP is ready and prepared for the peak festive season.

Media Release: Agulhas lighthouse under renovation

Date: 2012-11-29

The historic Agulhas lighthouse is currently being renovated. Erosion has caused structural damage outside and inside the lighthouse and over the next few months until April 2013 workers will be on sight to revamp the lighthouse.

Fun and games guaranteed at Camdeboo National Park

Date: 2012-11-27

Children aged 8 to 14 are invited to join in on the fun-filled holiday programme being hosted at the Camdeboo National Park from Monday 10 to Friday 14 December.  As it has been in the past, this programme is guaranteed to be one of the best options for parents hoping to keep the youngsters entertained.

Media Release: Update on rhino poaching

Date: 2012-11-27

The latest rhino poaching statistics indicate that a total of 588 rhinos have been lost to poaching since the beginning of this year, with the total number of arrests at 246.

Holiday fun at Mountain Zebra National Park

Date: 2012-11-27

Don’t know what to do with the kids these school holidays?  Mountain Zebra National Park has the solution – a three-week long, fun-filled holiday programme for children aged 6 to 16, as well as adults who are young at heart.

Media Release: SANParks gets 30 new armed field rangers

Date: 2012-11-27

South African National Parks (SANParks) has 30 new Armed Field Rangers after a passing-out parade held on Friday 23 November 2012 at Weltrac Training Centre situated in the Welgevonden Game Reserve. The 30 graduates are part of SANParks' Environmental Monitors from Kgalagadi, Mokala, Addo Elephant and Kruger National Parks. They completed a six week Armed Ranger course which is part of the Expanded Public Works Programme.

Media Release: Two suspected rhino poachers arrested in the KNP

Date: 2012-11-26

The Kruger National Park’s (KNP) Operation Rhino Task group, comprising of rangers, SANParks Environmental Crime Investigation (ECI) and South African Police Services (SAPS), arrested two suspected rhino poachers on Saturday, 24 November 2012. The arrests happened in the N’wanetsi section, located in the central part of the park. Two (2) hunting rifles, ammunition and four (4) fresh rhino horns were discovered during the operation.

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