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Progress in Harkerville after the Knysna Fires

17 November 2017

The largest part of the Garden Route National Park affected by the recent Knysna fires (June) is in the Harkerville section, making up a portion  of the Knysna forests and fynbos areas.

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Media Release: Plenty to do for youngsters in Addo during school holidays

15 November 2017

Staff at Addo Elephant National Park are adding the finer details to their plans for this year’s December school holiday programme, taking place from 4 to 14 December.

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Media Release: Fun start to December holidays at Camdeboo National Park

15 November 2017

What better way to kick off the December school holidays than with a week of natural fun at Camdeboo National Park?

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Media Release: Week of school holiday fun at Mountain Zebra National Park

15 November 2017

While learners are busy writing their final exams of the year, Mountain Zebra National Park’s staff are readying to welcome them during their week-long school holiday programme from 11 to 18 December.

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After the rain - Swartvlei and Touws River mouths breached in Wilderness

15 November 2017

Park Manager for the Garden Route National Park, Paddy Gordon has expressed relief that breaching was as closely aligned to the Park's Management Plan as possible. He affirmed the significance of keeping the mouth closed until the correct time and level of water measured above mean sea level. Swartvlei was ranked number 7 in South Africa by independent researchers for its biological diversity. ‘Managing the system is complex but water measured yesterday facilitated the decision made to breach/ open both the Swartvlei and Touws River mouths’ he says.

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SANParks responds to a warning of heavy rains - Western Cape

14 November 2017

SANParks has placed the following measures to manage the possibility of a 100% predicted rainfall (Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday morning) for 3 of its estuaries: the Swartvlei (Sedgefield) and Touw River (Wilderness) estuaries as well as the Groot River (Natures Valley).

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Vessel launch to clamp down environmental crimes - Knysna estuary

07 November 2017

SANParks is intensifying efforts against environmental crimes in the estuaries in the Garden Route National Park.  Today, a new vessel was launched as part of numerous actions to clamp down on environmental crimes. The new vessel to replace the 10-year old rubber duck is to patrol the Knysna estuary.

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Department of Environmental Affairs releases the 2016/17 National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report

07 November 2017

06 November 2017 - The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has released the 2016/17 National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report (NECER) and also unveiled the new Green Scorpions logo during the 7th biennial Environment Compliance and Enforcement Lekgotla in White River, Mpumalanga today, 06 November 2017.

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All South African national parks now on Google Street View

03 November 2017

2 November 2017 - A team of nature-loving South Africans in partnership with Google Street View have released a large collection of 360-degree imagery of the country’s wildest areas. The announcement of 170 new trails in South Africa’s national parks and reserves follows on from The Mzansi Experience launched in March 2016, which showcased prominent tourist attractions such as Kruger National Park, Table Mountain and Cape Point amongst others.

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Let us talk about the Swartvlei estuary 1 of 7

01 November 2017

The Swartvlei mouth will not be breached this month unless in an event of further rain and water levels reach 2m for the Swartvlei estuary. ‘We’re preparing to simplify the complex system in a series of information sessions for the public’ says Park Manager for the Garden Route National Park, Paddy Gordon.

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News of Karatara fire

01 November 2017

SANParks has confirmed there is a fire in Karatara which is monitored by MTO/Cape Pine, its own staff, landowners and the local Fire Association.

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Progress of the Tsitsikamma Section of the GRNP Upgrades

01 November 2017

The construction of the office building that will house client services and reception staff was completed and is operational. The entrance gate to the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) will be completed in 2018. SANParks is in the process of appointing a concession holder to complete the construction work at the gate after a hired company could not complete the task due to unforseen circumstances. 

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Media Release: New General Manager for SANParks Northern Region Parks

01 November 2017

SANParks Northern Region Parks (Marakele, Mapungubwe and Golden Gate) have a new General Manager as of October 2017. Mr Reuben Ngwenya, comes from within SANParks and was one of the regional managers in the Kruger National Park.

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Media Release: New rates for Mapungubwe National Park & World Heritage Site

31 October 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) yearly price increase kicks-in on Wednesday the 1st November 2017. Mapungubwe National Park &World Heritage site which is situated outside of Musina in Limpopo‘s new conservation fees will be as follows:

  • South African residents will be R48 and R24 for adults and children respectively.
  • SADC nationals is R96 and R48 for adults and children respectively.

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Media Release: Differential Fees For TMNP Take Effect From 1 November 2018

01 November 2017

Cape Town: On November 1 2018, new differential Conservation fees for Table Mountain National Park gates (TMNP) will take effect.

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Media Release: Successful Interschools Birding Weekend at Camdeboo National Park

30 October 2017

In a technological age where our youth spend so much time on cellphones, video games and a host of other high tech distractions, the South African National Parks Honorary Rangers in the Camdeboo region are commended for their initiative to provide the children of Graaff-Reinet with something different, wholesome and positive to do at Camdeboo National Park’s Education Centre.

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Media Release: Marakele National Park prices set to increase on 1 November 2017

26 October 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) yearly tariff increase kicks-in on Wednesday the 1st November 2017. Marakele National Park which is situated in Thabazimbi in Limpopo‘s new rates will now be as follows:

  • Conservation fees for South African citizens will be R48 and R24 for adults and children respectively.
  • Conservation fees for SADC nationals is R96 and R48 for adults and children respectively.
  • Standard Conservation fees will be R192 and R96 for adults and children respectively.

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Media Release: Tariff increase for Golden Gate Highlands National Park

26 October 2017

Golden Gate Highlands National Park, a jewel in the eastern Free State under the management of South African National Parks (SANParks) will increase their conservation and other related tariffs in the Park from 1st November 2017.

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Media Release: Annual tariff increase for Addo Elephant National Park

25 October 2017

Entry tariffs to Addo Elephant National Park outside Port Elizabeth are scheduled for an annual increase from Wednesday 1 November 2017.

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Media Release: Annual tariff increase for Camdeboo National Park

25 October 2017

Entry tariffs to Camdeboo National Park outside Graaff-Reinet are scheduled for an annual increase from Wednesday 1 November 2017.

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Media Release: Annual tariff increase for Karoo National Park

25 October 2017

Entry tariffs to Karoo National Park outside Beaufort West are scheduled for an annual increase from Wednesday 1 November 2017.

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Media Release: Annual tariff increase for Mountain Zebra National Park

25 October 2017

Entry tariffs to Mountain Zebra National Park outside Cradock are scheduled for an annual increase from Wednesday 1 November 2017.

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Minister of Environmental Affairs welcomes sentencing of woman for smuggling of rhino horn

19 October 2017

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa, has welcomed the direct four-year sentence handed down to a Chinese national in the Kempton Park Regional Court on 12 October 2017 who had pleaded guilty on charges related to rhino horn smuggling.

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Media Release: SANParks adjusts its Wild Card tariff fees

19 October 2017

Pretoria – South African National Parks (SANParks) has announced the annual tariff adjustment of its Wild Card programme membership for all parks, effective from 1 November 2017.

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Media Release: Kruger National Park encourages the public regarding Malaria preventive measures

11 October 2017

Due to reported cases of Malaria in Mpumalanga Province recently, in particular Ehlanzeni District Municipality of which the southern part of the Kruger National Park (KNP) falls under, Management would like to caution visitors coming to the Park to take the necessary precautionary measures against Malaria disease.

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Alert: Orpen Gate inaccessible due to protests

11 October 2017

Guests of Kruger National Park are informed that Orpen Gate is inaccessible due to protests taking place on the road (R531) in front of the Southern Wildlife College today, 11 October 2017 and is blocked at the moment. Guests are advised to use alternative gates such as Paul Kruger and Phalaborwa to access or exit the Park until further notice.

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Garden Route National Park welcomes new Area Manager for Knysna

10 October 2017

Megan Taplin is the new Area Manager for the Knysna section of the Garden Route National Park. Johan de Klerk who was the Area Manager for Knysna for the last three years has moved to Mokala National Park, Northern Cape.

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South Africa and CHAD sign memorandum of understanding in field of Biodiversity Conservation and Management

09 October 2017

8 October 2017 

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa, and the Minister of Environment and Fisheries of the Republic of Chad, Dr Ahmat Mbodou Mahamat, today (Sunday, 8 October 2017) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the field of Biodiversity Conservation and Management in Pretoria. 

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Media Release: The 2017 Kudu Awards deadline extended for two weeks

09 October 2017

The 2017 Kudu Awards deadline has been extended to 23 October 2017. The event organized by South African National Parks (SANParks) in partnership with First National Bank (FNB) and Total South Africa is the ultimate Conservation recognition awards in the country.

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Speech - Minister of Environmental affairs launches the Khomani Cultural Landscape World Heritage Site on 4 October 2017 at Andriesvale, Northern Cape

04 October 2017

Programme Director
Premier of the Northern Cape, Mme Sylvia Lucas
Members of the Northern Cape Executive Council present
MEC for Environment and Conservation, Ms Tiny Chotelo
Executive Mayor of the ZF Mngcawu District Municipality, Ms Abraham Vosloo
Executive Mayor Dawid Kruiper Local Municipality, Ms Dimakatso Koloi 
CE of SANParks, Mr Fundisile Mketeni 
The Khomani San Queen, Katriena Esau
The newly-elected chair of the Community Property Association,  Petrus Vaalbooi 
CEO of the Northern Cape Tourism Authority, Ms Sharon Lewis
Representatives of the Peace Parks Foundation 
The Chief Executive of SANParks, Mr Fundisile Mketeni, 
The Chair of the People and Parks Foundation, Mr Lourence Mogokane, 
The &D

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Media Release: SA National Parks Week Sees More Than 75 000 Visitors for 2017

02 October 2017

South African National Park (SANParks) saw 77 340 visitors to the parks during South African National Parks Week from 18 September to 22 September 2017. This was a 24% increase from last year’s 62 312. The top three Parks with 202%, 138% and 119% increases respectively were Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage site, Karoo National Park and Marakele National Park. This campaign under the established theme ‘Know Your National Parks’ allowed 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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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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