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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

Pangolin Antics

Date: 2006-08-02

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...

Guiding the Way...

Date: 2006-07-27

by Lynette Strauss

From 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.

Great Donations come in for CyberTracker Equipment

Date: 2006-07-27

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.

New Traveler's Tale: Hiking the Olifants Trail

Date: 2006-07-14

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.

Special Feature: Aliens in the KNP

Date: 2006-07-14

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.

Media Release: KNP Rangers Show Their Mettle

Date: 2006-07-12

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.

Media Release: Major Concern About KNP Staff After Robbery

Date: 2006-07-12

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.

Kruger Names: A Different Journey Through the KNP

Date: 2006-06-28

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...

KNP Birding Weekend 2007

Date: 2006-06-27

Next years KNP Birding Weekend is expected to attract up to 650 participants and mobilize an estimated 2000 people as birders converge on Kruger for the annual event.

Media Release: Cleaning Up Kruger

Date: 2006-06-26

The Keep Kruger Clean Campaign was launched today (Saturday June 24, 2006) at Paul Kruger Gate by the Kruger National Park (KNP) Executive Director Dr Bandile Mkhize.

Feature: KNP Aims at 100% Recycling

Date: 2006-06-22

What to do with waste will always be a challenge, even in big cities and population centres. But how does South Africa's largest game sanctuary, the Kruger National Park, cope with hundreds of tons of waste material produced by more than a million guests per year?

KNP Engages Stakeholders

Date: 2006-06-21

The Kruger National Park (KNP) has scheduled three stakeholder engagement meetings for the three main regions affecting the park and encourages all interested and affected people to attend these meetings.

An Essay for Tickers and Twitchers

Date: 2006-06-19

What is ‘Par for the Course’ for the numbers of bird species listed on a visit to the Kruger National Park? Well, it is a stupid question, of course, and it all depends.  But the short answer is probably less than you thought, almost certainly fewer than your birding compatriots might have led you to believe, and definitely many less than the much-vaunted numbers in various tourist publications, glossy magazines, and bird books, that state that there are in excess of 500 species of birds in the Kruger National Park (KNP). The matter is complicatedly nuanced...

Media Release: Have Your Say On KNP Tourism

Date: 2006-06-15

Would you like to have your say about the way the Kruger National Park’s (KNP) tourism operation is being managed?

Media Release: Minor Anthrax Outbreak In KNP

Date: 2006-06-09

Kruger National Park (KNP) and The Department of Agriculture Veterinary Services’ veterinary surgeons and researchers are closely monitoring a localised outbreak of anthrax in the extreme northern area of the park since last week.

Skukuza Half Marathon

Date: 2006-06-08

The Skukuza Sterling Light Lager Half Marathon is organised by the Skukuza Marathon Club.  This annual event takes place within the Kruger National Park and is a highlight on the running calendar.

New Traveler's Tale: Kruger-Keeper of my Soul

Date: 2006-06-01

These are stories by people who love South Africa's National Parks and want to share thier experiences... This is an account of a few days recently spent in Kruger. The writer finds" an incredible silence that I can smell, taste, hear and put away in my heart like a precious gift to be opened when I am in bad need of sustenance..."

Golf Day at Kruger Park Lodge

Date: 2006-05-29

The Lowveld Region Honorary Rangers are co-ordinating a Golf Day Fundraising event to develop accessible trails in the Kruger National Park for people whose mobiliy is impaired. This includes the elderly, the physically challenged and the infirm.

KNP Law Enforcers Receive Rank Insignia

Date: 2006-05-26

Traffic Officers, Visible Policing and other members of the Kruger National Park’s (KNP) Protection Services Department were ceremoniously handed rank insignia and certificates in Skukuza yesterday (May 25, 2006) by the Executive Director Dr Bandile Mkhize.

Media Release: Two Kruger Guides Appear In Court

Date: 2006-05-18

Two Kruger National Park (KNP) field guides will appear in the White River Magistrate’s Court today (Thursday May 18, 2006) on charges relating to animal poaching in a protected area.

Media Release: KNP Day Visitors Urged to Book Gate Entrances Early to Avoid Disappointment

Date: 2006-04-11

In order to avoid the disappointment of arriving at a KNP Entrance Gate only to be turned away, KNP Executive Director Dr Bandile Mkhize has urged people to book, even if they are only coming to the Kruger National Park (KNP) for a day.

Media Release: Elephant Overturns Tourst Vehicle in the Kruger National Park

Date: 2006-04-11

An elephant bull overturned a tourist vehicle in the Kruger National Park (KNP) between Phalaborwa Entrance Gate and Letaba Rest Camp at about 10:45 this morning (Friday April 7, 2006).

The vehicle had four passengers, the 40-year old driver and three children who all sustained minor injuries and were transported to Phalaborwa after the incident.

Media Release: KNP Launches Back Pack Trail On Olifants River

Date: 2006-03-27

The Kruger National Park (KNP) launched a four-day, three-night Back Pack Trail that follows the Olifants River through the heart of South Africa’s largest National Park this weekend (March 25 – 26, 2006).

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