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A fire broke out in the Pretoriuskop area of the Kruger National Park late on Tuesday afternoon. The cause of the fire is not yet known. As a result of the prevailing windy conditions, the fire got out of control despite the valiant efforts by the park’s Fire Fighting department to keep it under control.
The fire that devastated the Pretoriuskop area of the Kruger National Park in the past two days has been brought under control. Herewith an update on the situation as it is today.
A memorial service will be held in the Kruger National Park (Skukuza rugby field) at 13:00 on Tuesday, 11 September, for the victims of the fire which destroyed 45 000 hectares of the park earlier this week. 23 people died in the blaze.
A mass funeral service for 13 of the 23 victims of the fire which devastated Kruger National Park last week, will be held on Saturday, 15 September. Nine of the remaining victims from the Makoko community will be buried according to traditional rituals and one of the Kruger rangers from the Punda Maria area will be buried in his home town.
In a show of solidarity for the victims of the fire in the Kruger last week, the Makoko community has decided to participate in the mass funeral service to be held in the Kruger National Park tomorrow (Saturday, 15 September). Twenty-two (22) of the victims will therefore be buried tomorrow. One of the Kruger rangers from the Punda Maria area will be buried in his home town.
Allegations of excessive salary increases for certain staff members in the Kruger National Park have been reported in one of the Sunday papers. The report quoted MWU Solidarity (a trade union no longer recognised by SANParks as its membership has dwindled from 11 to nine members) as the source for the report.
The South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to state its position in response to a request from the Friend of the Tahr (FoTT) to extend a moratorium on the removal of the Himalayan Tahr from Table Mountain, Cape Peninsula National Park.
Judge D.D. Ngobeni, Senior Magistrate of Nelspruit has been appointed to lead an independent inquiry into the fire that devastated the Pretoriuskop area of the Kruger National Park last month, killing a total of twenty three people.
An Environmental Resource Centre that includes an education facility was officially opened today in the Skilpad section of the Namaqua National Park near Kamieskroon in Namaqualand.
I wish to inform that Dr. Salifou Siddo has resigned his position as Head of Communications to take up his new appointment as Executive Director of the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa effective November 1st.
In the light of the official inquiry launched by myself as Chairperson of SANParks, following the horrendous fire in the Kruger National Park recently, Senior Management were asked not to pre-empt the outcome of the inquiry by speaking to the media.
In June 2001, the Board of S.A. National Parks approved a policy that the applicable tariffs for a reservation was the price ruling at the date of arrival as opposed to the date of booking. This has now allowed SANParks to open bookings past November 2002 even though the final tariffs have not yet been determined.
Media Release: Mad Summer Special In Augrabies Falls National Park And Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park
Travellers are invited to take advantage of this wonderful offer to visit two of South Africa’s spectacular desert parks in the aftermath of the end of year holiday season, but before the busy Easter holiday season.
South African National Parks (SANParks) lived up to its vision of 'Connecting to Society' during the official opening of the Science lab at Emang Mmogo High School in the Northern Cape on 10 September 2013.
Media Release: Authorazation for the Construction of a New Entrance Gate and Border Post for the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
South African National Parks (SANP) hereby inform all interested and affected parties that the South African Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism has issued a Record of Decision authorising the construction of a new Entrance Gate and Border Post for the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in terms of the Environment Conservation Act, 1989 (Act 73 of 1989).
Come and explore the African bush on foot, and learn about the big and the small. At last! Day Walks are available in Kruger National Park from the following camps: Pretoriuskop, Skukuza, Orpen, Letaba and Mopani. Further development of walks is underway and by the end of 2000, walks will be offered from almost every camp in the KNP.
As a result of the heavy rainfalls recorded in the Southern Lowveld and Escarpment, the principal catchment area for the Crocodile and Sabie Rivers, extensive flooding occurred in the Southern Kruger Park.
Media Release: SANP Announces Arrangement For Visitors To The Southern Part Of The Kruger National Park
The Director of the Kruger Park has just confirmed that the all the restcamps in the Southern part of the KNP are closed until further notice.
In an effort to promote the diversity and natural beauty that South Africa has to offer, South African National Parks (SANParks) in partnership with First National Bank (FNB) has initiated National Parks Week. The week initiated in 2006, begins today, the 9th of September and which will end on Friday the 13th, will allow free access to the majority of national parks under SANParks management.
South Africa National Park’s (SANParks) newest national park, Mokala National Park in the Northern Cape, has added another property, Kameeldoorns, as part of the park expansion plan. With the inclusion of this western property Mokala is now 27571 hectares. The fence cutting ceremony was held today, 8 September 2013, at Kameeldoorns.
The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, has welcomed the arrest of 24 alleged rhino poachers in the Kruger National Park, North West, Mpumalanga and Limpopo in the past two weeks.
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.
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:
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 misleading 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.
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.