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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.
The South African National Parks (SANParks) hosted a two day cricket clinic at Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, run by Griqua Cricket, on 26 and 27 February 2013. The clinic was attended by 20 children from the local community and representatives from SANParks.
We take a look at various People and Conservation projects hosted in the South African National Parks (SANParks) - Arid Region.
During June 2012, large herds of Eland started migrating out of Botswana into the South African side of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP). This movement is a natural phenomenon that takes place every few years, but nobody can forecast when the next movement will take place, unlike the well-known migrations that annually take place between the Serengeti NP and Masai Mara Game Reserve in east Africa.
After a prolonged period of unusually high humidity levels, relief finally came with a heavy thunderstorm in the early hours of Sunday, 22 February 2009, when the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park received very good rainfall in the southern part of the park.
How do you monitor changes in the environment in a place as vast as the Kalahari? This was on the minds of staff from SANParks Scientific Services as they travelled the long road from Skukuza in the Kruger National Park to Twee Rivieren in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park - a spectacular desert landscape dominated by red dunes and scrublands that support herds of gemsbok, springbok, eland, blue wildebeest, huge black-mane lions, leopards and raptors - needs your help!
The desert wakens with the morning sun, still and silent. You watch as a cautious Gemsbok moves towards the Nossob waterhole, and the sky turns from silver to blue…Then you turn to your e-mails, ignore the roar of traffic outside your window, and the daily grind begins - with periodic breaks of course to check in on the waterhole via SANParks latest webcam, positioned at Nossob in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
The Northern Cape has two brand-new border posts, both in National Parks, linking South Africa and Namibia. This will be of great benefit to these more isolated areas of the province and will make the attractions of the wide-open spaces that the eco-tourist seeks, more accessible.
Presidents Thabo Mbeki of South Africa, Festus Mogae of Botswana and Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia will officially open the Mata Mata Tourist Access Facility (Port of entry) between South Africa and Namibia on 12 October 2007...
Complete this SANParks branding questionnaire by the 17 August 2007 and stand a chance to win a 2-night midweek break for 2 (two) adults and 2 (two) children in one of the South African National Parks.
Opening in July 2007 !Xaus Lodge, owned by the Khomani San and Mier communities, is the first fully catered luxury lodge to be located in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. This 3,9 million hectare transfrontier park transcends the border between the Northern Cape Province of South Africa and Botswana and is one of the last pristine conservation areas on earth. The vision behind its creation which was facilitated by the Peace Parks Foundation has ensured, in perpetuity, a natural animal migration route to the north-east and an environment in which man and animal can peacefully co-exist.
A very scarce reptile was recently found near the Auob riverbed in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, just north of the Munro waterhole. The snake, a python, was located on a calcrete ridge in view of the road where it was clearly visible in the morning sun.
The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park celebrated Earth Day 2007 with an “Earth Hour”. An Earth Hour is one hour of an evening where everyone in a community turns off all electricity including all electrical equipment. In this one hour we can reduce our energy consumption and, thereby, our carbon emissions substantially.
Since 2003 Marna Herbst, a PhD student from the Mammal Research Institute (MRI) of the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Pretoria, has been learning more about the private lives of Kalahari African Wildcats.
If you know of individuals or organisations who are making a significant contribution to conservation in South Africa, please read more about the SANParks Kudu Awards, download the Award Categories and fill in a nomination form...
It was a cold day in Utrecht, and a small group of strangers met at the at Utrecht Central Station. They had traveled from various locations in the Netherlands, Germany and the UK. The occasion? The first ever SANParks Forum "Euro Meet". So how did a group of people who had never met each other before end up together in Utrecht? And where does SANParks fit in?
The starkly beautiful Kgalagadi landscape is home to an amazing array of fauna, flora, and, on occasion, cricketers! The field is a dry and dusty patch of open ground just outside of the Kgalagadi Transfronier Park. The players? An assorted bunch of Scientists, Rangers, Field Guides and community members who have come out in the Kalahari midday sun to play cricket...
Where the red dunes and scrub fade into infinity and herds of gemsbok, springbok, eland and blue wildebeest follow the seasons, where imposing camel thorns provide shade for huge black-maned lions, and vantage points for leopard and raptors...Welcome to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park Wilderness Experience...
The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP) has long been associated with the tall windmills at each waterhole in the park. However, over the past few years, some of these windmills have been replaced by unobtrusive solar systems, making good use of the abundant sun energy that is so freely available in the Kalahari and reducing the manpower needed for the heavy maintenance of the windmills.
by: Mark D. Anderson (Department Of Tourism, Environment & Conservation Northern Cape)
Raptors often fall into farm reservoirs and drown. A bird of prey with waterlogged feathers has little chance of getting out, especially if the dam is not full, since the sheer walls offer no purchase for it to scramble up...
This week South African National Parks (SANParks) celebrates the 75th anniversary of the old Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, which now forms part of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park with Botswana...
The upgrading of the 60 km gravel road from Andriesvale to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park ,which is part of the Expanded Public Works Program, is progressing well. Three and a half kilometers has been tarred so far and it is envisaged that ten kilometers will be completed by the end of August 2006.
Travelling through KTP is about taking your time and looking thoughtfully at the surroundings, for the small animals as well as the large ones, and last but not least taking in the beautiful landscape that always looks so different with the days changing light...
This is the story of two rhinos-and two perspectives of one very close encounter. Kathleen, on a guided walk, experiences first hand what the safety briefing is all about and Jannie, her guide on the walk, shares his experience of that same incident…
In the vastness of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, a story is being written in the wilds. The authors are the animals, the wind, the trees and the myriad of creatures that live in the park. Very few people can read this story and decode the meaning of the smallest, subtlest signs of the wild.One man who could was Karel Kleinmann, popularly known as "Oom Vet Piet"