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Media Release: KNP helicopter lands safely after engine failure

Date: 2015-08-19

One of the Kruger National Park (KNP) helicopters with three park officials on board went looking for two rhinos, which were believed to be outside the Park west of Orpen Gate yesterday (18 August 2015). The female rhino and her calf were observed outside the park; and a helicopter was dispatched to locate the animals in order to guide the Game Capture team on the ground. 

Participate in our online survey - Restaurant facilities at Punda Maria and Shingwedzi Rest Camps

Date: 2015-08-11

To improve our service to you, we would like to get feedback on the restaurant facilities at the rest camps of Punda Maria and Shingwedzi in the Kruger National Park.

Media Release: Early birds to the KNP secure entry during Women's Day long weekend

Date: 2015-08-07

Day Visitors to the Kruger National Park (KNP) are requested to take note of gate quotas when planning their visit, during this long weekend, as these will strictly be enforced as from today until Monday, 10 August 2015. 

Media Release: Minister Molewa applauds rangers for poaching arrests in KNP

Date: 2015-08-07

South African National Parks (SANParks) has announced the arrest of eight (8) suspected rhino poachers in the Kruger National Park (KNP) on Wednesday, 5 August 2015.

Latest update regarding the protests in Phalaborwa

Date: 2015-08-06

As of this morning, 6 August 2015, police confirmed that the protests in Phalaborwa have been suspended and the situation is currently calm. Visitors to/from the Kruger National Park can once again make use of the Phalaborwa Gate.

Phalaborwa Gate inaccessible due to protests on R71 Road

Date: 2015-08-05

Guests of Kruger National Park are hereby informed that Phalaborwa Gate is currently inaccessible due to protests by communities in the Ba-Phalaborwa area on the access roads such as R71 (leading to Phalaborwa Gate) taking place since Sunday, 2 August 2015. The protests have so far resulted in some vehicles burnt, schools & businesses affected and temporarily closed. Guests are advised to use alternative gates such as Orpen or Punda Maria to access and exit Kruger National Park until further notice.

Media Release: SANParks receives a Hangar for Anti-poaching from Airlink

Date: 2015-07-24

South African National Parks (SANParks) received a Hangar from South African Airlink meant for anti-poaching operations in the north of the world famous Kruger National Park (KNP). The event to mark the official handover was held at the Phalaborwa Gateway to Kruger Airport on the 23rd of July 2015.

Media Release: KNP honours Mandela through charity

Date: 2015-07-22

Friday, July 17 - Kruger National Park (KNP) Management and staff devoted their own time to donating blankets they knitted themselves and handed them over to the kids at Siphephelakhona Community Centre in Nyongane, a village outside Phabeni Gate in honour of the former President, the late Nelson Mandela. This year’s theme for the Nelson Mandela International Day is “Take action – Inspire Change – Make Every Day a Mandela Day”.

Media Release: KNP honours Mandela through charity

Date: 2015-07-22

Friday, July 17 - Kruger National Park (KNP) Management and staff devoted their own time to donating blankets they knitted themselves and handed them over to the kids at Siphephelakhona Community Centre in Nyongane, a village outside Phabeni Gate in honour of the former President, the late Nelson Mandela. This year’s theme for the Nelson Mandela International Day is “Take action – Inspire Change – Make Every Day a Mandela Day”.

Media Release: Kruger leopard attack guide not at fault

Date: 2015-07-16

Following a highly unusual incident recently of a leopard attack on a tourist guide working for a private Open Safari Vehicle (OSV) company operating in the Kruger National Park (KNP), South African National Parks (SANParks) said in a statement that there was no fault with the conduct of the guide.

Media Release: KNP Rangers receive advanced night-vision equipment

Date: 2015-07-09

Today (9 July 2015), the Kruger National Park (KNP)’s ranger corps received a collection of top-of-the-range monocular night-vision equipment to the combined value of R3.4 million from Peace Parks Foundation, in order to assist them in their efforts to combat wildlife crime. 

Media Release: Science paper out on Kruger rhino survey results for 2013

Date: 2015-07-03

SANParks’ survey techniques to count rhinos in Kruger National Park have received a stamp of approval for the second time from the scientific community. 

Media Release: Private OSV guide attacked by a Leopard

Date: 2015-07-03

A field guide working for one of the Open Safari Vehicle (OSV) companies operating in the Kruger National Park was attacked by a leopard on Thursday, 2 July 2015 during a game drive. The incident happened just after 13:00 at Alfa Loop on the H4-1 road just outside Skukuza Camp. 

Media Release: Kruger National Park gate quotas in force during school holidays

Date: 2015-06-30

Day Visitors to the Kruger National Park (KNP) are requested to take note of gate quotas when planning their visit, as these will strictly be enforced during the school holidays that started on Monday, 29 June until Friday, 17 July 2015. 

Media Release: Kruger National Park interacts with stakeholders at Innibos show

Date: 2015-06-29

The Kruger National Park (KNP) will showcase its tourism products at the Innibos Show which takes place on 1 – 4 July 2015 in Nelspruit. The idea is to afford clients an opportunity to have one on one interaction with KNP Staff, discussing various tourism and conservation related issues.

Media Release: Poacher gets seven and a half years in prison

Date: 2015-06-25

South African National Parks (SANParks) today welcomed the sentencing of a Mozambican National to seven and a half years in prison for illegally entering the Kruger National Park (KNP) with the intention to poach rhino and related offences. He was sentenced in the Skukuza Periodical Court.

Media Release: Kruger National Park stakeholders aim for a clean environment

Date: 2015-06-08

Kruger National Park (KNP) in partnership with Total South Africa held the “Keep Kruger Clean” (KKC) campaign at Phalaborwa as part of the World Environmental Day (WED) celebrations on the 5th of June 2015. The aim of this campaign is to educate and create awareness about the danger of littering the environment such as the national parks and other habitats. The Environment Day was declared by the United Nations general assembly in Stockholm in 1972 and it is celebrated annually on 5 June.

Media Release: Stricter movement control in Kruger National Park for the welfare of rhino

Date: 2015-06-02

Kruger National Park (KNP) has installed three boom gates on access roads north of the Sabie River; into an area designated as Intensive Protection Zone (IPZ). The IPZ is a portion where a combination of resources and technology which provide a more secure environment for the rhino in the Park, have been intensified. The boom gates are meant to control night movement of people in order to minimize risk factors associated with late travelling between sunset and sunrise. 

Media Release: Kruger National Park achievers sparkle for top notch

Date: 2015-06-01

The 16th Kruger National Park (KNP) Achievement Awards took place on the 29th of May 2015, in Skukuza. The award recipients displayed great pleasure and pride as they walked the stage to collect their prizes.

Media Release: KNP engages with stakeholders at Polokwane Show

Date: 2015-05-25

The Kruger National Park (KNP) will showcase its tourism products at the Polokwane Show which takes place on 27 - 30 May 2015. The idea is to afford clients an opportunity to have one on one interaction with KNP Staff, discussing various tourism and conservation related issues in Polokwane. 

Media Release: SANParks partners SATSA on safari vehicle self-regulation project for KNP

Date: 2015-05-10

Durban: National Minister of Tourism, the Honorable Derek Hanekom, launched a tourism industry first at Indaba on Sunday, May 10 – a self-regulation project for open safari vehicles (OSVs) in the Kruger National Park.

Media Release: 28 Rhino Poaching Suspects Arrested in KNP in April

Date: 2015-04-30

South African National Parks (SANParks) today announced the arrest of a further six suspected poachers and wounding of one in two separate operations. In the first operation, in the Stolsnek section – south of the Park, Rangers with close helicopter and dog unit reaction support arrested three suspects and recovered a firearm, ammunition and two freshly chopped off rhino horns.   

Media Release: SANParks CEO congratulates rangers on arrests of suspected poachers in KNP

Date: 2015-04-28

There has been a rise in the number of arrests of suspected poachers in the Kruger National Park (KNP) since the beginning of April of this year. Since the beginning of this month there have been 22 arrests for suspected poaching activities inside the KNP. This brings to 56 the total number of arrests in the Park since the start of 2015.

30% discount on specific accommodation at Shingwedzi Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park

Date: 2015-04-24

South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering a special 30% discount to short notice online reservations for specific accommodation at Shingwedzi Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park

Media Release: Gate Quotas in force during the Easter Weekend

Date: 2015-03-30

Day Visitors to the Kruger National Park (KNP) are requested to take note of gate quotas when planning their visit, as these will strictly be enforced during the coming Easter Weekend which starts on Thursday, 2 April until Monday, 6 April 2015. 

An amazing sighting via the Orpen webcam

Date: 2015-03-24

The SANParks website offers a virtual link to some of our national parks via our very popular webcams. Recently, the Orpen webcam captured a particularly memorable sighting.

Possible march to affect road leading to Phalaborwa Gate

Date: 2015-03-24

Kruger National Park (KNP) has received a notification that there will be picketing by members of the community in the Phalaborwa area tomorrow (25 March 2015) from 06:00am.


Media Release: SANParks receives air support for anti-poaching operations

Date: 2015-03-19

South African National Parks (SANParks) is a proud recipient of a brand new Airbus AS-350B3e helicopter with night flying capability, made available with funding from the US based Howard G Buffet Foundation (HGBF). 

Media Release: World scientists assemble in the Kruger National Park

Date: 2015-03-09

The Kruger National Park (KNP) will once again host multitude of scientists and researchers from around the world at the 13th annual Savanna Science Network Meeting which is taking place from 9-12 March 2015 at the Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre in Skukuza. The meeting will host about 200 delegates representing 70 different institutions from 12 countries.

Speech delivered by SANParks Chief Executive at the celebration of the World Wildlife event

Date: 2015-03-03

Speech delivered by SANParks Chief Executive, Mr Fundisile Mketeni at the celebration of the World Wildlife event at Skukuza in the Kruger National Park on 3 March 2015.

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