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Lower Sabie Renovations

Date: 2006-09-30

Lower Sabie is a very old camp originally built in the 1930's. It has a special place in many people's hearts. The infrastructure is however old and desperately needs upgrading. This development is vital to ensure that we give our guests value for money but do not destroy the ambiance of the camp...

Syngenta 'Powers' into Mopani

Date: 2006-10-26

The annual Syngenta conference with the theme ‘Power of the Pack’ was recently held at the Mopani Restcamp in the Kruger National Park.

Media Release: KNP Launches Tsendze

Date: 2006-10-25

A group of the top tour operators were given a sneak preview of the Kruger National Park’s newest overnight facility, the Tsendze Rustic Campsite today (Thursday October 19, 2006)...

Understanding the Treehouse Research Programme for People and Conservation

Date: 2006-10-20

The Treehouse research programme held their fourth annual workshop in Skukuza recently with great success. Participants were from Southern Africa and the United States of America who are passionately involved in research into People and Conservation issues affecting biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihoods...

Kruger Drivers Excel

Date: 2006-10-17

It was in June 2006, when a young ambitious man arrived in Kruger and within a short space of time; he had transformed the KNP’s Bus and Truck Drivers into confident champions who walk with their heads high.

A Traveller's Tale: Out Walking...

Date: 2006-10-16

Niel Preston shares his impressions of a guided walk in the KNP..."Even though I am aware that one has to be constantly alert to the possibility of danger, the sense of peace and the stillness continue to evoke feelings that are difficult to define. It is as though something from deep inside me is trying to connect with this place. Is it a vague attempt at a re-connection with the vast universal soul, perhaps the mind of Gaia, or memories of countless lives lived before the noise and the crowds of civilization broke that connection"...

Media Release: Sniffing Out Crime in KNP

Date: 2006-10-12

Kruger National Park (KNP) Rangers have another powerful ally in the fight against poaching and illegal movement of wildlife products, this time with four legs...

SANParks Hosts Animal Auction

Date: 2006-10-11

South African National Parks (SANParks) will auction 40 animals this Saturday (October 14, 2006) in Pretoria...

Media Release: Orpen Gate Robbed

Date: 2006-10-03

Orpen Entrance Gate in the Kruger National Park (KNP) was robbed early this morning by eight armed men.

Media Release: Robbers Foiled at Numbi

Date: 2006-09-29

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.

Objective Duke: Of Elephants and Epic Journeys...

Date: 2006-09-29

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...

Media Release: KNP Celebrates Diverse Cultural Heritage

Date: 2006-09-26

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).

Media Release: Reception at Berg-en-Dal Temporarily Closed

Date: 2006-09-20

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...

Media Release: KNP Opens New Boardwalk

Date: 2006-09-19

As part of SANParks National Parks Week, the Executive Director of the Kruger National Park, Dr Bandile Mkhize opened a wooden boardwalk at the Skukuza Nursery today (Tuesday September 19, 2006)...

KNP Management Plan / Nasionale Krugerwildtuin Bestuursplan

Date: 2006-09-12

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.

KNP 2007 Big Birding Weekend

Date: 2006-09-06

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...

Accommodation donation for Kruger’s Veterinary Wildlife Services

Date: 2006-09-04

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.

Media Release: Ground Breaking Leadership for Conservation in Africa Launched

Date: 2006-08-31

For the first time in history, African conservation and business leaders have a platform through which they can discuss matters of common interest...

Public Judging of the SANParks Writing Competition begins...

Date: 2006-08-30

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...

Grassland Congress Pulls Researchers Together

Date: 2006-08-24

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...

Elephant Science Round Table Reach Consensus

Date: 2006-08-24

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.

Reflections on Autumn

Date: 2006-08-15

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...

Media Release: Further Chance To Comment on KNP Management Plan

Date: 2006-08-14

The Kruger National Park’s management plan has been drafted and stakeholders are invited to view the plan before it is finalised...

Media Release: SANParks launches the Leadership for Conservation in Africa Initiative

Date: 2006-08-14

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

Digging up Kruger's Past

Date: 2006-08-11

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.

Media Release: Giriyondo Temporarily Closed

Date: 2006-08-11

The Giriyondo Tourism Access Facility will be temporarily closed from August 15 to 16, 2006...

New Vulture Colour-Marking Method for Southern Africa

Date: 2006-08-10

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.

How Well do Guides know their Lions?

Date: 2006-08-04

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?

Sho’t Left Chalenj TV Programme in KNP

Date: 2006-08-04

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...

Please be on the Look Out

Date: 2006-08-02

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

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