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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).

Media Release: KNP Tusker Programme Gets Bigger

Date: 2006-03-27

Visitors to the Kruger National Park (KNP) now stand to win prizes of elephantine proportions, including a field trip with researchers, if they enter the Emerging Tusker Project Photographic Competition.

Media Release: Letaba Elephant Hall Reopens

Date: 2006-03-24

New attractions of The Elephant Hall at Letaba Main Camp in the Kruger National Park (KNP), which reopened today (Thursday March 23, 2006), include a full-size elephant skeleton and the impressive tusks of Mandleve.

Crocodile Bridge opens for traffic today

Date: 2006-03-14

Due to the water level subsiding, Crocodile Bridge is open for traffic today, 14 March 2006 and can be crossed safely.

Skukuza Nursery and Primary School Golf Days - 2006

Date: 2006-03-09

We would like to invite you to our golf days in 2006! This year we are hosting golf days for both the Skukuza Nursery School and the Skukuza Primary School. The Nursery School sponsors all know us from previous years' golf days and we would like to attract and welcome sponsors of the Primary School.

Heavy rains in the Kruger National Park - 3 to 5 March 2006

Date: 2006-03-06

In spite of heavy rains in the Kruger National Park over the weekend of 3 to 5 March 2006, guests are advised that most gates and camps are accessible.

Olifants River Back Pack Trail

Date: 2006-03-08

The Olifants River Back Pack Trail starts from Olifants Camp.  The trail stretches over 4 days and 3 nights and covers approximately 42 km.

Media Release: Crocodile Bridge entrance gate open for traffic

Date: 2006-02-21

The Crocodile Bridge Entrance Gate to the Kruger National Park (KNP) was opened again for traffic today (Monday February 20, 2006).

Media Release: SANParks bursting through the demographics barrier

Date: 2006-02-15

South African National Parks (SANParks) is bursting through the traditional barriers that kept previously disadvantaged South Africans away from experiencing South Africa’s natural heritage.

Media Release: Crocodile Bridge entrance gate closes again

Date: 2006-02-10

For the second time this year, the Kruger National Park (KNP) has had to close its Crocodile Bridge Entrance Gate as the water of the Crocodile River has risen over the level of the access road.

Media Release: Letaba Elephant Hall closed for renovations

Date: 2006-02-08

The Elephant Hall at Letaba Main Camp in the Kruger National Park (KNP) is in the process of receiving a face-lift and will be closed for the next few weeks.

Media Release: Crocodile Bridge entrance gate open again

Date: 2006-02-06

Crocodile Bridge Entrance Gate to the Kruger National Park (KNP) is open for all traffic again after it was closed for more than a week due to the rising level of the Crocodile River.

Crocodile Bridge - Gate closed

Date: 2006-03-18

The Crocodile Bridge is flooded and the gate is closed. It is impossible for vehicles to cross and more water is still on the way. Guests must please make use of alternative gates (nearest Malelane Gate).

Media Release: KNP Issues 600 Fines During Festive Season

Date: 2006-01-24

Kruger National Park (KNP) traffic officials issued 600 fines for various offences between December 15, 2005 and January 16, 2006.

“We warned people before the start of the festive season that they would indeed be fined if they break any of the regulations in the park, and this was indeed the case,” said KNP Executive Director Dr Bandile Mkhize, “but we still believe that most of our visitors do obey the rules.”

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