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Media Release: Facility to enhance science leadership launched

22 September 2017

The South African National Parks (SANParks) launched a science leadership facility, in partnership with the Organisation for Tropical Studies (OTS) and Nsasani Trust at Skukuza today, 21 September 2017. Funding for the building of the facility came through the US National Science Foundation, Infrastructure Development Programme and Ruggle Trust as well as SANParks. The resource centre is aimed at delivering science training and leadership programs and enhancing exchange between local and international science students, scientists and researchers; as well as experiential learning opportunities involving local communities bordering the National Parks, in particular the Kruger National Park (KNP).

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Media Release: SANParks offers temporary restaurant facilities in Satara, Olifants and Letaba Rest Camps in KNP

21 September 2017

Following an on-going dispute with Ringgold Companies, the operators of Mugg and Bean outlets in Letaba, Satara and Olifants restaurants in Kruger National Park, South African National Parks (SANParks) will terminate power supply to all three restaurants today (21 September 2017).  This is following the Arbitrators awarding in favour of SANParks on the matter.

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More activities to lure visitors to experience cultural heritage in the Garden Route National Park

19 September 2017

SA National Parks Week is well underway in the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) having kick-started on Sunday with a Knysna Forest Spring Walk. ‘The walk was postponed from Saturday to the following day due to rain.’

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Congratulations to the winners in our Annual SANParks Photo Competition 2017

18 September 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) is pleased to announce the winners in our Annual SANParks Photo Competition 2017.

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Media Release: SANParks calls on South Africans to take advantage of free access during SA National Parks Week

17 September 2017

Under the theme “Know Your National Parks” South African National Parks (SANParks) in partnership with First National Bank (FNB) and Total South Africa opened the 12th official South African National Parks Week at Golden Gate Highlands National Park (GGHNP). The week, opened by the SANParks Chief Executive Officer, Fundisile Mketeni begins tomorrow, the 18th of September and will end on Friday the 22nd of September.

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Kruger National Park Tusker Masthulele deceases

15 September 2017

It is with deep sympathy that we announce the unfortunate passing on of Masthulele, meaning ‘the quiet one’; Masthulele passes on at an estimated age of 49 and 50 years. This bulls name was very appropriate as he lived up to the ‘quiet one’ reputation by being seldom seen, he had only been photographed twice at the time of naming. The first two series of photographs of this bull were both taken from a helicopter during the elephant censuses in 2003 and 2004. 

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SANParks implements Quick Payment Portal on the www.sanparks.org website

11 September 2017

In an effort to simplify and streamline the process of making reservations, SANParks has implemented a “Quick Payment Portal” on our website. The Quick Pay portal will assist our customers to make credit card payments on specific reservations, without having to register on our Online Bookings as a customer.

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Media Release: Visit Kruger National Park in celebration of SA National Parks Week

11 September 2017

The annual South African National Parks (SA National Parks) Week, a programme which is meant to afford South African day visitors free access into the Kruger National Park (KNP) and all other National Parks in the country will take place on 18 – 22 September 2017.

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Media Release: SANParks strives to protect clients against cyber crime

11 September 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) is in a process of implementing new security compliant measures for credit card payments. This means the country’s conservation and tourism body is now compliant with a global information security standard known as The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) This according to SANParks Chief Information Officer Kamal Pillay who said this move strives to limit any exposure to risk and minimise potential losses incurred from compromised cardholder account information. “Apart from security reducing risks this will also ensure customer confidence when conducting transactions with SANParks using their credit cards.”

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Media Release: Free entry to Addo Elephant National Park and others

08 September 2017

In just under two weeks’ time, the annual SA National Parks Week (SANPW) campaign will kick off in most of the country’s national parks. In the 12th annual event of its kind, free day access will be granted to all South African citizens between 18 and 22 September. In the Frontier Region of SANParks this includes Addo Elephant, Garden Route, Camdeboo (Graaff-Reinet), Mountain Zebra (Cradock) and Karoo (Beaufort West) National Parks.

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Media Release: Free entry into Camdeboo National Park for an entire week

08 September 2017

Camdeboo National Park will be extending the annual SA National Parks Week (SANPW) free entry week again this year to include the weekend thereafter – affording potential visitors a full seven days of unpaid access to the Park. While most national parks will have free entry between 18 and 22 September, the Park which surrounds the town of Graaff-Reinet will extend to include the weekend of 23 and 24 September.

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Media Release: Free entry week to Karoo National Park

08 September 2017

South African National Parks will once again, for the 12th year, open its gates to all South African day visitors at no cost from Monday 18 to Friday 22 September, during SA National Parks Week (SANPW). Karoo National Park, just outside Beaufort West, will extend this to the first 100 guests on both the Saturday and Sunday thereafter – 23 and 24 September.

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Media Release: Free access week to Mountain Zebra National Park

08 September 2017

hile most national parks around the country are getting ready to welcome visitors at no cost to their parks during the 12th annual SA National Parks Week (SANPW) from Monday 18 to Friday 22 September, Mountain Zebra National Park will once again extend this to the first 100 people through its gates on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September.

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Media Release: Kruger National Park inspires learners and communities through Arbor Week Launch

08 September 2017

The Kruger National Park (KNP)’s General Manager, People and Conservation Helen Mmethi handed over 180 indigenous medicinal plants to learners at Lugedlani Primary, neighbouring schools and other stakeholders on behalf of Management yesterday, 7 September 2017; at Tonga in Mangweni Village outside Malelane Gate as part of the Arbor Week celebrations.

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Media Release: The Annual 2017 Kudu Awards Open for Entries

08 September 2017

The South African National Parks’ 2017 Kudu Awards in partnership with First National Bank (FNB) and Total SA has opened for entries as from today, 8 September 2017.

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Media Release: 2017 Free Access to National Parks starts in less than 2 weeks

08 September 2017

South African National Park (SANParks) is again opening its doors for free from Monday, 18 September until Friday, 22 September as part of the annual South African National Parks Week. This campaign under the established theme ‘Know Your National Parks’ will allow locals with valid identity documents an opportunity to spend a day at a national park of their choice free of charge.

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Mountain Zebra National Park excel at achievement awards

07 September 2017

Mountain Zebra National Park (MZNP) staff returned from the annual SANParks Frontier Region Achievement Awards with no less than four awards this year.  The awards evening takes place annually and gives recognition to individuals, teams and parks for outstanding service in the previous financial year – in this case 2016/17.  The Frontier Region is made up of the Addo Elephant, Camdeboo, Garden Route, Karoo and Mountain Zebra National Parks.

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Camdeboo National Park Environmental Monitors are tops

07 September 2017

The team of nine Environmental Monitors employed at Camdeboo National Park walked away with the prestigious Best Ranger Post of the Year award at this year’s SANParks Frontier Region Achievement Awards. The awards evening takes place annually and gives recognition to individuals, teams and parks for outstanding service in the previous financial year – in this case 2016/17. The Frontier Region is made up of the Addo Elephant, Camdeboo, Garden Route, Karoo and Mountain Zebra National Parks.

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Addo Elephant National Park staff excel

07 September 2017

Two Addo Elephant National Park (AENP) staff members walked away with Excellent Performance in the Workplace awards from this year’s SANParks Frontier Regional Achievement Awards.  The awards evening take place annually, and gives recognition to individuals, teams and parks for outstanding service in the previous financial year – in this case 2016/17.  The Frontier Region is made up of the Addo Elephant, Camdeboo, Garden Route, Karoo and Mountain Zebra National Parks.

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Top Regional Awards for Karoo National Park

07 September 2017

Karoo National Park (KrNP) seems to have been the Park to beat at this year’s SANParks Frontier Region Achievement Awards – having walked away with one individual and three team awards at last week’s event in Wilderness.  The awards evening takes place annually and gives recognition to individuals, teams and parks for outstanding work in the previous financial year – in this case 2016/17.  The Frontier Region is made up of the Addo Elephant, Camdeboo, Garden Route, Karoo and Mountain Zebra National Parks.

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Kruger National Park Stevenson-Hamilton Knowledge Resource Centre temporarily closed

06 September 2017

The museum and Library at the Stevenson-Hamilton Knowledge Resource Centre in the Kruger National Park (KNP) at Skukuza Rest Camp will temporarily be closed for maintenance as from 6 September 2017 until further notice.

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Tsitsikamma open to visitors after the storm

29 August 2017

Engineers are expected to issue a safety certificate this week after stabilizing the Storms River Rest Camp’s temporary restaurant structure. ‘A final site inspection will happen this week’ according to Area Manager of the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park, Bulelwa Msengi. The engineers will realign the tent according to safety standards and if satisfied with the set up, will issue a certificate to proceed operating.

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Planned activities for SA National Parks Week campaign to wow locals in Garden Route National Park

29 August 2017

Locals have an open invitation to explore the Garden Route National Park’s (GRNP) mystical forests, seascapes and wonderland from the 18 – 22 September 2017. This is part of the SA National Parks Week campaign where various activities are set to draw visitors to the Garden Route National Park.

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Refined by the fire

10 August 2017

It is as if Eleanor Roosevelt was speaking about most women in the Garden Route when she said ‘a woman is like a teabag, you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.’ The journey of 2 women in the Garden Route National Park in pursuit of organisational objectives despite tragedy is inspiring.

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SANParks Honorary Rangers launch 4x4 Forest Experience

10 August 2017

An exclusive 4x4 “Forest Experience” route through the Wilderness section of the Garden Route National Park awaits adventure lovers during the National Heritage weekend in September, with three routes to choose from.

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Media Release: Military truck overturns at Crocodile River low level bridge in the Kruger National Park

27 September 2016

A South African Military Truck with four army staff members based in the Park overturned and fell off the Crocodile River low level bridge in the Kruger National Park (KNP) at about 06:30 yesterday, 26 September 2016. There was diesel spillage into the river and a company to attend to the spill was appointed immediately in order to avoid possible pollution to water and the environment in general.

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