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6th Sasol/Marakele Birding Breakaway taking place in October

Date: 2008-08-29

The sixth annual Sasol/Marakele Birding Breakaway will take place during the weekend of 17 - 19 October 2008 in Marakele National Park.

Third Marakele Orientation Course held in August

Date: 2008-08-27

The third Marakele NP Orientation course in 2008 was presented by Piet van Staden on behalf of the Marakele HRs on 16 August 2008.

Bushveld Region Honorary Rangers Hand Over Equipment To SANParks

Date: 2008-07-22

On Monday 21 July, Christmas came a little earlier for the members of SANParks involved with activities at Phalaborwa gate.

Media Release: iKapa Honorary Ranger Wins National Merit Award

Date: 2008-07-21

iKapa Honorary Ranger Ruedi Siegenthaler was awarded a prestigious Merit Award at the recent Honorary Ranger Indaba held at Berg en Dal in the Kruger National Park.

Media Release: iKapa Honorary Rangers Train Cape Grace Staff

Date: 2008-07-21

The front line staff of the prestigious 5 star Cape Grace, situated on a private quay at the V & A Waterfront attended a training course on Table Mountain National Park and its environs hosted by iKapa Honorary Rangers.

The HR Participates In An Alien Invasive Task Group Excursion To Orpen

Date: 2008-07-09

The Lowveld Region of the Honorary Rangers participated in an Alien Invasive Task Group Excursion to Orpen on the 04 & 05 July. 20 Members attended the workparty.

Animal Proof Dustbin Donation to KNP

Date: 2008-07-08

Everyone knows the sight of the baboon proof (or Animal proof as we lately call them) dustbins that are scattered all over the Kruger National Park.

Update On West Rand Honorary Rangers Birding Weekend 2009

Date: 2008-07-02

Booking opened on Wednesday 18th June for the 2009 West Rand Honorary Rangers birding weekend and by Thursday 19th June it was 90% full. Thankfully most guests provided four camp choices - Punda Maria, Crocodile Bridge and Lower Sabie could have been filled four times over! We now have 660 guests accommodated in nineteen camps over two weekends.

Honorary Rangers Contribute R12 Million To National Parks

Date: 2008-07-01

From January 1 to December 31 last year, the Honorary Ranger’s (HR) corps contributed more than R12 million to the coffers of SANParks. This is 11 percent more than 2006. About R4 million is made up of ‘indirect’ costs that are incurred when HRs stay in the parks while performing duties or working on projects. Janssen Davies, chairman of the HR, also highlighted other milestones for the year in his report presented at the annual general meeting (AGM) which was held at Berg-en-Dal in the Kruger National Park (KNP) on May 24, 2008.

National Quiz winners

Date: 2008-06-24

Once again, as it has happened in the past, the Honorary Rangers National Quiz team have walked away with the accolades. The quiz was held between two HR teams and two teams from SANParks.

West Rand Honorary Rangers Birding Weekend Booking Opens 18 June, 2008

Date: 2008-06-18

Attention all birders! Booking opens on 18 June 2008 for the ever popular Kruger Park Birding Weekend which will be hosted by West Rand Honorary Rangers at the end of January / beginning February 2009.

Honorary Rangers’ Region Of The Year Award

Date: 2008-06-11

The year 2007 was a very good year for the members of the Bushveld region, it saw them winning the Honorary Rangers’ Region of the Year Award and SANParks Kudu Award.

Honorary Rangers Combined Forces And Held A Display At Mkhuhlu Plaza Near Hazyview In Mpumalanga.

Date: 2008-06-11

During late May 2008, the Honorary Ranger's National Project team for Public Environmental Awareness Program (PEAP), together with People and Conservation at Skukuza combined forces. They held a joint display at the Mkhuhlu Plaza near Hazyview in Mpumalanga.

Beginner's Birding Course in Kruger National Park

Date: 2008-04-14

The West Rand Honorary Rangers are proud to present their inaugral Beginner's Birding Course in Kruger National Park in October 2008. The event will be run along similar lines to the region's very successful Kruger Birding Weekend, which is held in January each year, and sponsored by SASOL.

Hard Labour for the HRs at Tankwa Karoo National Park

Date: 2008-03-28

The Boland Honorary Rangers (HRs) adopted the little-known Tankwa-Karoo National Park early in 2007. The park is found in one of the most starkly beautiful areas in South Africa. To get there you take the road which winds from Ceres in a north-westerly direction to Calvinia...

Bankenveld Events 2008

Date: 2008-02-27

Please find herewith Bankenveld's planned events for 2008.

Cricket@Skukuza 2008

Date: 2008-02-26

The beautiful Kruger landscape is home to an amazing array of fauna, flora, and, on occasion, cricketers! The cricket oval near Skukuza is a hidden gem, carefully maintained in amidst the Kruger bushveld. The players? An assorted bunch of Scientists, Rangers, Field Guides and community members from Skukuza, the Northern Region and the SANParks online forum, who will be playing cricket to raise funds for SANParks!

HR NEC and Chairpersons Meet in GGHNP

Date: 2008-02-21

On Friday 15 February the Honorary Rangers National Executive Committee met in one of South Africa’s most spectacular parks, the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. The Chairpersons from the various regions met there on Saturday 16 February.

Bankenveld Honorary Rangers Honour Friends

Date: 2008-02-12

Bankenveld Honorary Rangers held their annual year-end meeting on a beautiful Saturday morning at Knopberg, the property of Iaan van der Walt in the Vredefort Dome.

Media Release: Addo Elephant National Park Golf Day

Date: 2008-01-25

The Honorary Rangers of the Addo Elephant National Park are organising their 3rd annual golf day on 6 June 2008 at Humewood Golf Club in Port Elizabeth. All funds raised will assist towards the further improvement of facilities and conservation support work at the Addo Elephant National Park, the prime tourism destination in the Eastern Cape.

Karoo Honorary Rangers Host 2008 Birding Weekend

Date: 2008-01-25

Based on the success of their inaugral birding weekend last year, the Karoo Honorary Rangers have decided that the birding weekend will become an annual event, with the support of Karoo National Park management. They are excited to announce that their next birding weekend will take place from the 18th to the 20th April 2008.

Bookings Open for GHNP Big Birding Day 2008

Date: 2008-01-24

Bookings are open for the Golden Gate Highlands National Park (GHNP) Big Birding day that will run from the 18-20 April 2008.

GPS Technology for Namaqua National Park

Date: 2008-01-24

iKAPA Honorary Rangers Eileen and Paul van Helden donated 4 global positioning system units (etrex Garmin GPS) to Namaqua National Park manager Bernard van Lente on 11 January 2008. These small units are about the size of a thick cell phone and are extremely robust and user friendly.

Christmas Carols at WCNP

Date: 2008-01-18

The West Coast National Park’s Honorary Rangers presented a Christmas celebration late last year on 16 December in the wedding marquee at Geelbek. “Christmas Carols On The Lawn” commenced at 17h30 and all the locals who joined the West Coast Honorary Rangers for this picnic celebration were allowed into the park free of charge from 16h30 with their picnic baskets and blankets.

The Pelican Challenge on the West Coast

Date: 2008-01-11

The near-threatened Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) is arguably the largest fish-eating seabird endemic to the South African West Coast. It can be recognised in flight by its huge wingspan, S-shaped neck, long beak, its penchant for soaring in thermals and for flying in formation. Some call it the Jumbo Jet of the birds.

Draft Indaba Programme 2008

Date: 2007-12-22

Please find herewith the draft Honorary Ranger 2008 Indaba Programme. The Indaba will be held at Berg en Dal Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park

New Doors for the Letaba Elephant Hall

Date: 2007-12-20

After many months the doors to the Elephant Hall in Letaba Rest Camp have been replaced through the combined efforts of the Bushveld Region Honorary Rangers, People and Conservation's Kirsty Redman, and the many members of the public who donated money to this worthy cause.

KZN Honorary Rangers Take Conservation to Kids

Date: 2007-12-04

October saw enthusiastic interaction with the public by an active group of KZN Honorary Rangers. Under the banner of the Public Education and Awareness Project (PEAP), and ably assisted by PEAP Chairperson Alison Esterhuysen, exhibitions were held at the Liberty Mall shopping centre in Pietermaritzburg as well as Morningside Primary School and Durban Preparatory High School (DPHS) in Durban.

Kgalagadi to Augrabies Extreme Marathon

Date: 2007-11-14

The Kalahari to Augrabies Extreme Marathon (KAEM) of 252 kms recently took place over 7 days (including a mandatory rest day). The tone was set from the very first day when the 34 extreme athletes from 9 countries set off in temperatures that steadily climbed to 46 degrees celcius.

West Coast NP Cycle Tour 2007

Date: 2007-11-14

The annual West Coast National Park Cycle Tour, organised by the West Coast Honorary Rangers, will take place on the 15th December 2007. The park is closed to vehicles for the race, which means no traffic, no pollution-just you and your bike at one with nature. You can choose to complete a fun ride of 30kms or the full ride of 80 kms.

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