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There was an attempted robbery at Numbi Entrance Gate in the Southern area of the Kruger National Park last night. It is believed that suspects attempted to open the safe, but they failed and no cash or valuables were taken, other than a few souvenir DVDs and ice creams.
History is full of stories about epic journeys, literal and metaphoric. Think Marco Polo, think Tenzing Norgay and Sir Ed, think Nelson Mandela. And there are a fair number of epic elephants around too-think Dumbo, Ganesh…the Magnificent 7.There are even stories about epic journeys that involve elephants...
The Executive Director of the Kruger National Park, Dr Bandile Mkhize urged people of all cultures to learn more about the KNP at the Cultural Heritage Day Celebration in Skukuza today (Saturday September 23, 2006).
Berg en Dal Rest Camp Reception in the Kruger National Park will temporarily move from its present location to the Restaurant complex from now until November 12, 2006 while the Reception Building is closed for upgrading work...
In Beeld yesterday (September 11, 2006) there was an article dealing with the drafting of the KNP management plan.
One of the points made by the article was that new visitors to the Kruger National Park, predominantly from previously disadvantaged communities, would like more “entertainment” (or “vermaak”). They specifically prefer guided activities like game drives, morning walks and the like.
It's time to secure your booking for next years KNP Birding Weekend. The event is expected to attract up to 650 participants and mobilize an estimated 2000 people as birders converge on Kruger for the annual event...
Monday the 28th of August, 2006 was a special day for the Veterinary Wildlife Services (VWS) in Kruger National Park. It was a day that accommodation in Skukuza Staff Village was handed over to the park by the donor Thubelisha Homes in a deal brokered by the Honorary Rangers VWS National Project.
For the first time in history, African conservation and business leaders have a platform through which they can discuss matters of common interest...
We have received a wonderful selection of quality entries for our inaugral SANParks writing competition. Thank-you to everyone who has made the effort to make this competition a success. However, your job is not done... the public judging of the competition begins today, Monday 4 September 2006, and continues until the 5 October. We are inviting all members of the public, SANParks staff members, competition entrants and their family and friends to assist us in the public judging process...
Grasslands are the ecosystem most affected by biodiversity loss in southern Africa, but only a tiny fraction are formally conserved and they are under a major threat from climate change. With this in mind, it is encouraging that the 41st annual congress of the Grassland Society of South Africa (GSSA) was well attended and that there was a lively vibe among the participants...
Thirteen of the world's leading elephant scientists reached agreement yesterday on a series of guidelines that they suggest could inform Government policy for elephant management in South Africa.
It is often brief glimpses or incidents that leave the most indelible impressions on human minds. Springbok are so named because of the occasions they are observed ‘springing’. The name ‘trekbokke’ was used to describe the relatively few occasions they were observed migrating in aggregations of millions. The accounts of early observers (of ‘mega-herds’ three miles wide and three and a half days long - estimated at a density of twenty one thousand animals per acre) left an impression that is preserved in the name to this day...
The Kruger National Park’s management plan has been drafted and stakeholders are invited to view the plan before it is finalised...
Today, Dr David Mabunda, Chief Executive of South African National Parks (SANParks) launched the Leadership for Conservation in Africa (LCA) initiative at a media briefing held in Johannesburg. This initiative, the first of its kind in the continent, is in joint partnership with Gold Fields Limited (funding patron) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) (conservation patron
An archaeological excursion will be conducted at the second headquarters of Steinaecker’s Horse Unit in the Kruger National Park from August 6 – 19, 2006. The project is lead by the well-known historical archaeologist, Dr Anton van Vollenhoven, a director of the research department of Archaetnos Archaeologists.
The Giriyondo Tourism Access Facility will be temporarily closed from August 15 to 16, 2006...
A new era in the study of the biology of southern African vulture species has arrived with the implementation of a method, known as patagial tagging, in the colour-marking of such birds. Colour-marking of birds is commonly used as a simple and affordable method to identify individuals in a population to determine, among other aspects, the birds’ movements, dispersal, foraging range and longevity across their range.
Lion sightings are high on nearly every tourist’s priority list when they visit a big five area like the Kruger National Park. Guides at lodges often go to a lot of trouble to find lions on their daily game drives. But how well do the guides really know the lion prides? How accurate is their knowledge of how many lions in the area belong to established prides? Do they know which are nomadic animals moving from place to place?
An episode of the television programme “Sho’t Left Chalenj” was filmed in Kruger National Park, on the Olifants Back Pack Trail and at Letaba. It will be aired on SABC 2 at 18:30 on Saturday, 05 August 2006. The Olifants Back Pack trail is a four-day, three-night Back Pack Trail that follows the Olifants River through the heart of South Africa’s largest National Park...
These images of a darted hornbill were taken in Savute Campsite in Botswana. However a glossy starling (still alive) has been seen at Skukuza Rest Camp with a similar dart embedded in its body. If you are in any national park and see signs of wildlife (dead or alive) with darts, or witness any persons with a blow pipe or similar weapon please report it to the nearest camp management and if possible notify either Chris Patton or Raymond Travers
The Cape pangolin (Manis temminckii, ietermago) is a strange-looking armour-plated ant-eating mammal that few people have ever seen in the wild, and even fewer scientists have ever studied. Jonathan Swart is among the handful of people who have devoted time to studying the Cape pangolin...
by Lynette StraussFrom Monday to Saturday, and many Sundays, more than 250 field rangers are deployed across the length and breadth of Kruger’s two million hectares to preserve, conserve and, where possible, maintain the integrity of one of South Africa’s prime wilderness areas.
The SANParks online community is involved in an online campaign to raise money for CyberTracker equipment. Jose van der Hoorn has started the ball rolling with a donation of R5720-00. This is the largest single donation received through the website thus far. Another very generous donation of R1000-00 was made by Terry Nomell.
The Olifants Backpacking Wilderness Trail is aimed at the hiking market and differs from the traditional wilderness trail in that there is no single fixed base camp. The group overnights at different spots as they walk from close to where the Olifants River enters the park south of Phalaborwa, to the end a few kilometers upstream of where the Olifants runs next to the main tourist road between Olifants and Letaba camps.
Worldwide, there is an increasing realisation of the ecological costs of biological invasion in terms of irretrievable loss of native biodiversity. The Kruger National Park (KNP) faces this same global challenge. What follows is a brief look at Invasive Alien Plant (IAP) control in the KNP over the last seven decades.
Rangers from the 22 ranger sections of the Kruger National Park (KNP) gave demonstrations of their various skills today (Tuesday July 11, 2006) at the Letaba Shooting Range.
Kruger National Park (KNP) staff members who were the victims of Tuesday morning’s robbery at Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp will receive preliminary counselling by the South African National Parks (SANParks) psychologist today (Wednesday July 12, 2006), to determine their state of shock after being brutally beaten and terrorised by the robbers.
Did you know that 'Punda Maria' was so-named in 1919 and comes from the KiSwahili name "Punda milia"? This literally means "striped donkey". A Zebra was the fist animal that Ranger JJ Coetzer saw when he arrived in the area from East Africa. He combined the "Punda" with the name of his wife, "Maria"...and although there is no record of what either the Zebra or his wife thought of this odd coupling, the book:“ A Dictionary of Kruger National Park Place Names” holds many fascinating insights into KNP names...
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