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Media Release: SANParks announces date change for 2018 winter holidays bookings

21 July 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) announced today that the holiday bookings for June and July 2018 will now open on 1 August 2017 as opposed to 25 July 2017 as originally planned.

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Northern Region Parks connect to communities in honour of Madiba

20 July 2017

The Northern Region Parks (Marakele, Mapungubwe and Golden Gate) went all out in commemoration of the internationally celebrated Mandela Day. This day is held annually to encourage people to give their resources to people less fortunate than they are and make a difference.

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Media Release: SANParks strike update

19 July 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) management has confirmed that a number of employees who are members of the Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (HOSPERSA) have abandoned their work stations in different divisions and Parks. This is after the conciliation meeting which was facilitated by the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) failed to resolve the salary dispute between the two parties.

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SANParks strike suspended

19 July 2017

Following another session facilitated by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) between South African National Parks (SANParks) management and the Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (HOSPERSA) this morning, both parties agreed to suspend the strike until Monday, 24 July 2017.

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No feeding wild animals in and around the National Park

18 July 2017

SANParks scientists and civil society research groups have cautioned against feeding wild animals. This comes after volunteer groups had dropped vegetables and seeds for animals to eat in the National Park and surrounds.

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Media Release: Update on intended strike by SANParks HOSPERSA staff

17 July 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) management has confirmed receiving a notice to strike by workers affiliated to the Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (HOSPERSA). The notice was served due to an impasse in wage negotiations which have deadlocked. Management is offering 6% plus a 1% pay progression which brings the total offer to 7%, while Hospersa is demanding 9% for its members. All other matters were agreed to with the exception of this matter.

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Media Release: SANParks facilities unaffected by strike

17 July 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) management has confirmed that all employees who were scheduled to report for duty have done so despite a notice to strike which was served by the Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (HOSPERSA).

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Media Release: SA National Parks Week Dates Announced for 2017

18 July 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) will be opening its 12th annual SA National Parks Week at Golden Gate Highlands National Park from 18 to 22 September 2017. This initiative in partnership with Total SA and FNB is in line with SANParks vision statement of "A sustainable National Park System Connecting Society”.

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Department of Environmental Affairs concerned about false impression created about the domestic trade in rhino horn

17 July 2017

17 July 2017

The Department of Environmental Affairs is concerned about the impression that is being created through the advertisement for an online auction of rhino horn by a South African game rancher that is using websites and social media to advertise same.

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Media Release: Escaped Lions spotted in the Mara Valley

14 July 2017

The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) and SANParks officials received a report that one of the farm owners in the Mara Valley shot one lion and wounded another after a lion killed his cattle. The carcass of the cow was found within the vicinity of the farm.

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Media Release: SANParks responds to announcement of an imminent strike at its national parks

13 July 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) has to date not received formal notice that employees affiliated to the Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (HOSPERSA) will embark on a possible labour strike in the coming days, following a negotiation deadlock with regards to salary increases.

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Fires contained in Knoetzie Protected Area

11 July 2017

Fire teams assessed the Garden Route’s smoldering areas on Monday, 10 July 2017 and reported the flare ups in Knoetzie over the weekend are contained. The Knoetzie protected area is co-managed by the Municipality, a Conservancy and SANParks. Fire-fighting teams were alerted to underground fires hence they carved a path through the area to extinguish the fires. Although the fire was contained, the area is being monitored.

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Lions escape from the Kruger National Park

10 July 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) has received information that four male lions, believed to have escaped from the Kruger National Park (KNP) last night, 9 July 2017, were spotted at Matsulu, a village outside the Park. SANParks would like to urge the residents to exercise extra caution.

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Escaped Lions search continues

11 July 2017

SANParks together with Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) officials made every effort yesterday and overnight to lure and catch the four lions that were first sighted wandering near the N4 / Crocodile River gorge area which is managed by MTPA.

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Media Release: SANParks declares World Heritage Site listing a step in restoration of dignity

11 July 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) has extended its gratitude to the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), following the much awaited inscribing of the #Khomani Cultural Landscape as a World Heritage Site, bringing to nine (9) the number of World Heritage Sites in South Africa.

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Media Release: SANParks Kudu Green School Initiative kicks off the year

11 July 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) has officially opened the annual Kudu Green School Initiative (KGSI) Programme for 2017 in Golden Gate Highlands National Park. The Kudu Green School Initiative is a SANParks’ Environmental Education Outreach Programme, which started in 2010 with only 7 schools.

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Bookings for June/July 2018

05 July 2017

Please note that bookings for June/July 2018 via the SANParks Central Reservations, will open on 25 July 2017. Bookings can be made via telephone from 07:30 am on 012 428 9111 or via email to reservations@sanparks.org.

Online bookings for the June/July 2018 period will open on 26 July 2017.

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Cycling and hiking trails in Harkerville open after fire

04 July 2017

After assessments in the Harkerville area of the forest, also part of the Knysna section of the Garden Route National Park, day hiking and cycling routes are now accessible.

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Minister of Environmental Affairs welcomes the declaration of the Garden Route as an Unesco Biosphere Reserve

03 July 2017

15 June 2017 

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa, has welcomed the approval of the Garden Route as a Unesco Biosphere Reserve.

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SANParks Annual Photo Competition 2017 launches 1st of July

19 June 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) will be launching the Annual SANParks Photo Competition on the 1st of July 2017. The competition will be open for entries until 31 July 2017. Various prizes are up for grabs, so make sure you enter and share your wonderful captures in our parks. Terms and Conditions apply.

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Department of Environmental Affairs clarifies that rhino horn may not be traded internationally

30 June 2017

30 June 2017

The Department of Environmental Affairs has noted with concern misrepresentation of facts on aspects associated with rhino horn trade. The department would thus clarify that the commercial international trade in rhino horn is and remains prohibited in terms of the international protocols that South Africa is party to, particularly the Convention on International Trade in Species of fauna and flora (CITES). Further clarity is provided that a set of draft regulations published for public comment in February 2017, are not meant to circumvent any CITES process as such will be tantamount to non-compliance.

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Media Release: Access for Kruger National Park Day Visitors during the June school holidays

28 June 2017

Visitor management is a vital part of ensuring the best possible experience for all visitors to Kruger National Park over the coming school holidays starting on Saturday, 1 until Sunday, 23 July 2017. With this in mind, South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to remind Day Visitors to the Kruger National Park (KNP) that daily quotas will once again apply at the entrance gates. Visitors are urged to make pre-bookings for their visits prior to their arrival and there are three time slots which they can choose from as follows:

  • Time slot 1: 06.00 to 08:00
  • Time slot 2: 08:00 to 10:00
  • Time slot 3: 10:00 onwards

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Minister of Environmental Affairs at the Bricks Environment Ministers Meeting in Tianjin, China

26 June 2017

23 June 2017

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa, says South Africa’s National Development Plan Vision 2030 demonstrates the country’s commitment to implementing sustainable development and Climate-smart developmental approaches.

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SANParks wishes a happy Eid Mubarak

26 June 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) wishes all our esteemed Muslim staff members and patrons a happy Eid Mubarak.

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Media Release: Passing on of Dr Robbie Robinson

18 May 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) is saddened by the death of its former CEO Dr Robbie Robinson who passed on 15 May 2017 following few years of ill health.

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Nature will rise - Knysna Fires

23 June 2017

This week SANParks’ recent aerial survey of fire scars around the Garden Route National Park show Harkerville as the most affected area. The Kranshoek Viewpoint and picnic areas were badly burnt. Area Manager for Knysna, Johan de Klerk, says ‘the area burnt used to be fynbos islands that turned into thicket because it had not burnt over a few years. The recent fire will turn it back into fynbos.’

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Knysna forest ready for Oyster Festival

19 June 2017

Initial findings after the devastating fires in Knysna indicate the iconic Knysna forest was not affected by the fire. From Goudveld to Diepwalle, the forest is accessible and was not at all affected by the fire. The Knysna forests are South Africa’s largest portion of Southern Afrotemperate Forests, spanning across some 60,500 hectares of land, from George to Tsitsikamma in the East.

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Part 1 of assessing damage to infrastructure - Knysna Fires

12 June 2017

The SANParks team was tasked by the JOC (Joint Operating Committee) to map affected infrastructure onto a GIS system. This exercise will provide adequate information pertaining to the loss of infrastructure as a result of the devastating Knysna fires. This report which will give an account of the exact areas affected will be handed over to the incident commander of the JOC (Joint Operating Committee).

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Mopping up operations in Knysna

12 June 2017

Mop up operations have begun after the devastating fires in Knysna. The 300-km fire line with some 1016 volunteers todate is managed by a Provincial JOC (Joint Operating Committee).

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Garden Route Fires update - 09 June 2017

09 June 2017

Knysna is still a community in tears this morning after the devastation caused by the fires two nights ago.  More than 500 houses were burnt and over 7,000 people evacuated.

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Media Release: Golden Gate Tourism buddies receive their well-deserved certificates

08 June 2017

Welkom - On Tuesday 06 June 2017 the Free State Tourism buddies who have been trained by amongst others Golden Gate Highlands National Park (GGHNP) received their national certificates at a ceremony which was attended by the Deputy Minister of Tourism Ms Elizabeth Thabethe.

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Media Release: Marakele partners with the local college to spread world environment day message

06 June 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks)’s Marakele National Park, outside of Thabazimbi in Limpopo has today visited the local Waterberg Technical and Vocational Educational Training (TVET) to spread the world environment day message in a form of an exhibition.

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Media Release: Kruger National Park stakeholders clean to connect to mother nature

06 June 2017

Kruger National Park (KNP) in partnership with Total South Africa held the “Keep Kruger Clean” (KKC) campaign at Welverdiend, a village outside Orpen Gate as part of the World Environmental Day (WED) celebrations yesterday, June 6, 2017. The aim of this campaign is to educate and create awareness about the danger of spoiling the environment such as the national parks and other habitats.

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Media Release: SANParks Connecting People to Nature

05 June 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) today (05 June 2017) invites all South Africans to join in the celebration of the annual World Environment Day (WED) which is celebrated under the theme “Connecting People to Nature”.

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Koedoe and SANParks scientists celebrate World Environment Day

05 June 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) and Koedoe invites all South Africans to join in the celebration of the annual World Environment Day which is celebrated under the theme "Connecting People to Nature".

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Grab your copy of the SANParks Times Winter Edition

01 June 2017

Winter is a time for adventure in South Africa’s National Parks. 

 

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SANParks launches Podcasts and audio files on their website

02 June 2017

On Thursday, 1 June 2017 South African National Parks (SANParks) launched podcasts on www.sanparks.org

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Media Release: KNP legendary bird guide Frank Mabasa laid to rest

31 May 2017

Kruger National Park (KNP) Management expressed its heartfelt condolences to the family of one of its own; Frank Mabasa who passed away last month at the age of 49. Frank, an Attendant at Pafuri Picnic Site was affectionately known as the “Bird Guide” due to his knowledge of the birds in the area and for the great service guests received from him at the picnic site.

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Green light for Kranshoek Zipline Project in Garden Route National Park

31 May 2017

It is all systems go for the Zipline Project, a new tourism product  to be introduced this Financial Year in Kranshoek. The successful bidder is SA Forest Adventures (Pty) Ltd.

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Media Release: Clarity around the provision of water in Addo Elephant National Park

29 May 2017

South African National Parks are managed as natural systems in which conservationists try as best as possible to mimic natural processes. Addo Elephant National Park (AENP) is managed with a natural gradient of water in place. Nowhere in a natural system would one find water holes dispersed evenly across the landscape. Nature has a way of avoiding this at all costs to prevent the homogenous use of vegetation which ultimately will lead to the extinction or degrading of species.

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Media Release: SANParks to offer prime animals at Wildfees

29 May 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) will once again be offering quality animal genes at this year’s 16th annual Kirkwood Wildsfees Game Auction on Friday 30 June.

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Media Release: KNP awards its achievers for excellence

29 May 2017

The 18th Kruger National Park (KNP) Achievement Awards took place Friday night, 26 May 2017 in Skukuza.

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Media Release: Well wishes for Africa Day from SANParks - Mapungubwe National Park

25 May 2017

Today, South African National Parks joins the rest of the country in celebrating Africa Day. This day is celebrated every year on 25 May within the African continent to mark the formation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1963 and the African Union (AU) which was formed in 2002.

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Media Release: SANParks partners with Cell C in the Take a Girl Child to Work campaign

25 May 2017

In line with South African National Parks’ (SANParks) vision of connecting societies, the organisation partnered with Cell C on the Take a Girl Child to Work campaign. Several girls from Tshwane Secondary School in Pretoria were hosted at Marakele National Park, in Limpopo on 25 May 2017.

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Biodiversity in the Garden Route National Park

23 May 2017

Biodiversity refers to the variety of significant plant and animal life in a specific habitat. SANParks Scientists have recorded and documented in the State of Knowledge report (2015) the presence of more than 30 terrestrial habitat types, representing more than 50 forest and fynbos communities within the boundaries of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP).

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Media Release: World Turtle Day

23 May 2017

Today, the Department of Environmental Affairs joins the world in commemorating World Turtle Day. There are seven (7) species of marine turtles in the world, of which five (5) have been recorded in South Africa. These are the Leatherback, Loggerhead, Green, Hawksbill and the rarely seen Olive Ridley turtles. Two of these species, namely, the Leatherback and the Loggerhead turtles nests in South Africa, in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. These nesting beaches are of critical importance to turtles because of their genetic distinction from other rookeries of the same species in the Western Indian Ocean. iSimangaliso, despite being a World Heritage Site, has also been chosen to be one of the sites of importance for sea turtle conservation under the Indian Ocean South East Asia Turtle Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) , of which South Africa is a member state.

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Media Release: Cell C’s Take a Girl Child to Work initiative

22 May 2017

On the 17 May 2017, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP) participated in Cell C's Take a Girl Child to Work initiative. Aimed at exposing young girls to the "world of work", this initiative is also helping to address the issues that concern our youth.

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South Africa marks International Day for Biological Diversity

22 May 2017

The Department of Environmental Affairs today marks the International Day for Biological Diversity- under the theme “Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism.” 

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Media Release: Twelve new emerging tuskers named in the Kruger National Park

22 May 2017

The Kruger National Park (KNP)’s Emerging Tuskers Committee is proud to announce the names of the twelve new emerging tuskers; thanks to the submission of elephant footage from guests to the Tuskers Project. The Committee monitored several elephants from as far as 2009; until recently when they closely looked at 28 of them. 12 of those, which showed sufficient development were selected and named as big tuskers.

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Brenton controlled ecological burn totally under control

18 May 2017

The Brenton controlled burn is totally under control. This after flames flared day before yesterday, 16th May 2017 due to strong winds. "Because the burn was planned, we had adequate resources to deal with the fire" confirmed Clint Manuel, Chief Fire Officer for Knysna.

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Media Release: Kruger National Park advises the public on the Malaria prevention

18 May 2017

Kruger National Park (KNP) Management would like to caution visitors to the Park to take precautionary measures against Malaria before visiting the Park, although classified as a low risk area but is situated in a malaria area. Due to the heavy rain received this year, there are pools of water in abundance everywhere and the Park is experiencing Malaria cases especially in the northern part of the Park.

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Media Release: Kruger National Park unveils the Phabeni Interpretive Centre for tourists

17 May 2017

The South African National Parks (SANParks) Honorary Rangers officially handed-over the Phabeni Interpretive Centre to Kruger National Park Management yesterday, 16 May 2017 at the Albasini Ruins cultural heritage site. The centre, which is found at Phabeni Gate, boasts the newly designed display structure as well as the re-fenced Albasini Ruins and the two grave sites; which reveal interesting history of people who stayed and worked in the Phabeni area in the past.

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Media Release: Addo cheetah translocated to KwaZulu-Natal

16 May 2017

Two of the three cheetahs which broke into Addo Elephant National Park (AENP) outside Port Elizabeth in 2014 have been captured and will be translocated to the Phinda Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal.

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Media Release: Marakele National Park entrance gets a facelift

15 May 2017

Visitors to Marakele National Park are in for a treat as they arrive in the Park as months of construction of the roads in the entrance gate have finally come to an end.

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Ecological burn to restore critically endangered Knysna Sand Fynbos on Private Land

15 May 2017

The planned ecological burn which was postponed last year is now underway in Brenton. The steering committee concerned about the ecological wellbeing of the area made a decision guided by the weather to burn on Monday, 15 May 2017. Approximately 71 hectares on the Southern slopes along the Brenton-on-sea Road are set to burn which includes Portions 39 and 40 of the Uitzigt Farm.

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Media Release: Kruger National Park Management Plan Review Sessions at major cities scheduled

15 May 2017

To broaden the consultation process for the Management Plan review, the Kruger National Park (KNP) will hold structured meetings at major cities in the country from 17 to 27 May 2017 and would like to invite interested members of the public to come and give input. This follows up on the public sessions which took place in the local communities bordering the Park from 18 April to 4 May 2017. It is a requirement of the National Environment Management: Protected Areas Act No 57 of 2003 that all protected areas must have management plans and review them every 10 years.

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Media Release: SANParks and Pick n Pay to replace South African Super Animals cards that have errors on them

11 May 2017

Pick n Pay and South African National Parks (SANParks) are correcting errors found in the very popular South African Super Animals collectible card campaign.

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Media Release: Four of the five KNP escaped Lions successful captured and delivered back in the Park

10 May 2017

Four of the five lions believed to have escaped from the Kruger National Park (KNP) have been successfully darted and returned to Park, with one still at large.

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Media Release: Residents urged to be careful of escaped lions in Mpumalanga

09 May 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to urge residents of Komatipoort and adjacent areas in Mpumalanga to exercise extra caution as five lions believed to have escaped from the Kruger National Park (KNP) are roaming the area.

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Temporary closure of Road S44 in the Nxanatseni Region - Kruger National Park

05 May 2017

Visitors are hereby informed that the road S44 (Loop) near Olifants Camp will be temporarily closed from today, 05 to 31 May 2017 due to maintenance.

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Media Release: Bullet proof vests for Addo's Ranger dogs

02 May 2017

The two canine members of Addo Elephant National Park’s (AENP) ranger corps are now equally protected from life-threatening situations, like their human counterparts, thanks to the donation of bullet proof vests from integrated risk solutions company, Quemic.  In addition to this, the company also donated two trauma/first aid kits specifically for the dogs, as well as dog food for an entire year.

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Table Mountain National Park Emergency number re-routed

26 April 2017

The emergency telephone contact number for Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) has been re-routed in order to streamline the emergency responses.

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Calling all South Africans to join the walk in the Garden Route

19 April 2017

The Garden Route Walking Festival starts on the 14th April – 17 April 2017.

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Media Release: SANParks interdicts Addo restaurant employees

18 April 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) is in the process of seeking a court interdict to prevent protest action to continue at Addo Elephant National Park (AENP) outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.

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Media Release: SANParks Rejects Claims of Poachers Mass Burial

13 April 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) has rejected claims by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) that the remains of persons in a graveyard in Bushbuckridge are those of victims of poaching fatalities in the Kruger National Park (KNP). The allegations are devoid of substance.

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Addo Elephant National Park Main Gate inaccessible

12 April 2017

Please be advised that the Addo Elephant National Park's Main Gate is currently inaccessible. A group of employees of Cattle Baron restaurant, dismissed last week, are burning tyres in protest at this entrance. Guests are advised to either enter through the gate at Camp Matyholweni near Colchester or the Nyathi Gate, which is about 5km further down the road from the Main Gate, towards Paterson. We apologise for the inconvenience.

The restaurant is operating as per normal, though, as the franchise holder has brought in staff from its other restaurants to service guests. Members from the SAPS are on the scene monitoring the situation.

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Marakele Marathon raises R260 000 towards conservation

11 April 2017

On Saturday, 8 April 2017, over 600 runners gathered for the annual Marakele Marathon. This unique Comrades’ qualifier which takes place in Marakele National Park, where the Big 5 roam, saw Phineus Mothoa and Zanie van Rensburg emerge as winners in the 42 km men and women’s race respectively.

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Media Release: Tatasberg in the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park closed indefinitely

11 April 2017

Tatasberg, one of just two wilderness camps in the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, has been closed indefinitely due to a fire that broke out a few meters from where four beautifully constructed chalets are lined up next to the Orange River.

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Media Release: Minister of Environmental Affairs publishes draft National Biodiversity Offset Policy for public comment

10 April 2017

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa, has published the draft National Biodiversity Offset Policy in Government Gazette 40733 (Notice No. 276) for public comment.

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Media Release: Table Mountain National Park volunteers successfully completes year-long training programme

10 April 2017

As an urban park, Table Mountain national park often have offers of volunteering. Unfortunately untrained volunteers are often detrimental to the management of the national park.

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Media Release: SANParks announces new investment opportunities in its Parks

07 April 2017

At the inaugural SANParks Tourism Investment Summit on Tuesday, 4 April 2017 in Sandton; Minister of Environmental Affairs Dr. Edna Molewa addressing close to 300 delegates indicated that “Nature-based tourism has grown in popularity worldwide and it is recognised as a driver and critical component to the sustainability and efficacy of conservation management.”

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Media Release: Access for Kruger National Park day visitors during the Easter Weekend

06 April 2017

Visitor management is a vital part of ensuring the best possible experience for all visitors to Kruger National Park over the coming Easter Weekend, Thursday 13, until Monday, 17 April 2017. With this in mind, South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to remind Day Visitors to the Kruger National Park (KNP) that daily quotas will once again apply at the entrance gates. Visitors are urged to make pre-bookings for their visits prior to their arrival and there are three time slots which they can choose from as follows:

  • Time slot 1: 06.00 to 08:00
  • Time slot 2: 08:00 to 10:00
  • Time slot 3: 10:00 onwards

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Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, delivers opening address at SANParks Tourism Investment Summit in Sandton, Gauteng

06 April 2017

4 April 2017

Minister of Tourism, Ms.Thokozile Xasa
Chair of the SANParks Board, Ms Joanne Yawitch
Directors General Nosipho Ngcaba of Environmental Affairs and Victor Tharage of Tourism.
All CEOs present here:
SANParks - Fundisile Mketeni, SA Tourism – Sisa Ntshona, Tourism Business Council -   Matsatsi Ramawela and Southern African Tourism Services Association - Hannelli du Toit,
Chairperson of the Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa, Mr Eddy Khosa
Business leaders, 
Tourism Operators, 
Representatives of government,  
Investors,
Members of the media 

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NatGeo announces the Garden Route as thee destination for Spring/Winter for SA

04 April 2017

Two weeks ago, traveller24 announced South Africa’s Southern N2 from Cape Town in the Western Cape to Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape was voted among NatGeo’s 12 Global destinations. The Garden Route was recommended by NatGeo's Maryellen Kennedy Duckett who was encouraging Northern Hemispherians to visit the Garden Route for their upcoming Spring.

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Media Release: Dolphin mass stranding in Algoa Bay

04 April 2017

On Friday, 31 March 2017, a mass stranding of 38 common dolphins was reported to have occurred along a remote stretch of coast under the protection of Addo Elephant National Park, between Sundays River Mouth and Woody Cape in Algoa Bay, Eastern Cape. The local authority dealing with all whale, dolphin and seal strandings, the Port Elizabeth Museum at Bayworld, was alerted. A site visit on the day by South African National Parks (SANParks) and Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) officials ascertained that the animals most likely had been stranded four to five days earlier and were all dead.

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Media Release: Elephant tramples two staff members in the Kruger National Park

31 March 2017

A South African National Parks (SANParks) employee, based in the Kruger National Park (KNP) was trampled to death by an elephant yesterday (30 March 2017) late afternoon. Another staff member sustained serious injuries. A group of SANParks employees were attacked by a herd of elephants in the Mooiplaas Section of the Park, near the Mopani Rest Camp. The situation and circumstances are still under investigation.

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Media Release: Golden Gate hosts a Unity Walk to celebrate Human Rights Month

30 March 2017

Golden Gate Highlands National Park (GGHNP) celebrated the Human Rights month with a 17 KM walk from the town of Clarens to the Park’s gate. The walk, titled the Unity Walk, aimed at uniting the park’ stakeholders towards the same purpose of a healthy lifestyle.

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Media Release: Powerade confirmed as main sponsor for the 2017 Marakele marathon

29 March 2017

The countdown to the 2017 Marakele marathon has begun and the good news is, there is a new sponsor on board. Powerade, a brand under Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) has been confirmed as this year’s main sponsor of the event.

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Media Release: Thirteen poaching suspects arrested in Kruger National Park

29 March 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) today announced the arrests of 13 suspected poachers in the Kruger National Park (KNP) in three different operations on the 28 March 2017. The arrests were carried out in various parts of the KNP which has borne the brunt of rhino poaching but is steadily increasing security and succeeding at apprehending illegal hunters.

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Media Release: Take part in the Kruger National Park Management Plan review

24 March 2017

The Kruger National Park (KNP) is beginning with the process of reviewing its Park Management Plan as from 18 April 2017, which is a requirement of the National Environment Management: Protected Areas Act No 57 of 2003 that stipulates that all protected areas must have management plans and review them every 10 years.

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Alert: No unleaded fuel at Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park Twee Rivieren entrance

24 March 2017

South African National Parks are urging travelers heading to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, on the border of South Africa and Botswana, to make provision for unleaded fuel.

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Media Release: SANParks dispute with former Famous Brands franchisee

23 March 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) said in a statement, the three restaurants in Satara, Letaba & Olifants camps in the Kruger National Park formerly franchised by Famous Brands (Mugg n Bean & Debonairs) are managed by a concessionaire. Due to a dispute between Famous Brands and Ringgold (the Franchisee) and the resulting termination of the agreement between the parties, Ringgold has lost the right to use Famous Brand trademarks in its stores.

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Media Release: SANParks Rangers capture ten suspected poachers and suffer the loss of one Ranger

22 March 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) on Tuesday, 21 March 2016 announced the death of a Field Ranger in what appears to have been an accidental shooting. The incident happened at Lower Sabie in the Kruger National Park (KNP), where the Field Ranger was based and details are still sketchy at this stage but the South African Police Service (SAPS) are investigating the incident.

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Media Release: Kruger National Park's iconic Letaba Elephant Hall re-opens for tourists

22 March 2017

Innovative attractions of the Elephant Hall at Letaba Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park (KNP), which re-opened on Monday, 20 March 2017, include the newly designed display panels, lighting system, flooring, cabinets and landscaping made available with funding worth more than R1.5 million from the Australia’s University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) and the South African National Parks (SANParks) Honorary Rangers.

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Marakele takes World Wildlife Day message to the local Thabazimbi community

20 March 2017

SANParks employees in the Marakele National Park lived up to the organisation’s vision of “sustainable national parks connecting to society” to a higher level when they took the commemoration of World Wildlife Day to the Thaba Mall on Friday, 17th March 2017.

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Media Release: Umhlobo Wenene honour bestowed on Mapungubwe rangers

16 March 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) Rangers were bestowed with the Umhlobo Wenene honour by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) Pontdrift Military Base for their bravery and courage displayed when dealing with cross border crimes at an event that took place at Pondrift, near Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site.

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Media Release: World Scientists gather in the Kruger National Park

14 March 2017

The Kruger National Park (KNP) will host a magnitude of scientists and researchers from around the world at the 15th Annual Savanna Science Network Meeting which will take place from 12 – 16 March 2017 at the Skukuza’s Nombolo Mdluli Conference Centre.

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Upper Tokai update

13 March 2017

In the interest of public safety and for the protection of environmental integrity the Upper Tokai section of Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) remained closed to the public for safety and rehabilitation reasons. SANParks however continued to engage with various stakeholders resulting in the successful reopening of Upper Tokai on 10 December 2016. Upper Tokai remains open on to the public on weekends only.

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Environmental Affairs Minister invites public to comment on the Draft Coastal Waters Discharge Permit Regulations

13 March 2017

12 March 2017 

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, has published the draft coastal waters discharge permit regulations in Government Notice R. 214 in Government Gazette No. 40674 on 10 March 2017, for public comment.

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Temporary closure of roads in the Kruger National Park, due to heavy rains

08 March 2017

Please note that the following roads are temporarily closed due to heavy rains experienced in the Kruger National Park, this week.

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Today marks a month to the 2017 Marakele Marathon

08 March 2017

Preparations are underway for the 2017 Marakele Marathon and today 08th March 2017 marks exactly a month before the marathon takes place in the Marakele National Park, outside Thabazimbi in Limpopo. The race dubbed the “run on the wild side” will take place on Saturday the 08th April 2017.

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Serious damage on the H1/2 between Tshokwane and Skukuza

06 March 2017

Please note that there is serious road damage on the way towards Tshokwane from Skukuza, approximately 5 kilometers after the Sabie River high water bridge. This is due to flood water coming down from a small dam which burst on Saturday night.

The only access road between Skukuza and Tshokwane will be via the low water bridge just East of Lower Sabie Rest Camp.

The H1/2 5 kilometers after the Sabie River high water bridge will remain closed for at least two weeks whilst a detour is created.

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Media Release: SANParks in dispute with Restaurant operator at Satara, Olifants and Letaba Camps in the Kruger National Park

07 March 2017

Following a host of complaints by guests on various social media platforms in relation to the quality of service experienced by guests at Letaba, Satara and Olifants restaurants in Kruger National Park, South African National Parks would like to put it on record that it is in dispute with the operator of former Mugg & Bean outlets at the above mentioned rest camps.

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Media Release: SANParks reschedules its inaugural Tourism Investment Summit 2017

07 March 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) today announced that it will be rescheduling its planned inaugural Tourism Investment Summit, from Monday, 27 March to Tuesday, 4 April 2017. “However, the venue remains the Maslow Hotel in Sandton.”

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Update on temporary road closure in Mapungubwe

06 March 2017

Mapungubwe National Park & World Heritage Site’s road to The Confluence Outlook as well as the Tree Top Walk has been opened following closure due to rain last week.

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Media Release: The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park and Conservation Area expands its Conservation Area

01 March 2017

The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park and Conservation Area Trilateral Ministerial Committee Meeting was held in Maputo on 24 February 2017 to take stock of the progress and endorse the further implementation of the activities in the GLTP as coordinated through the Joint Management Board comprising the three partner countries of Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

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SANParks meets dog walkers half way in Wilderness

28 February 2017

SANParks is meeting dog owners half way concerning walking dogs in the Garden Route National Park. New areas for walking dogs on the beach in Wilderness were rezoned considering input from extensive research and surveys done. These zones are now simplified in a guideline (brochure & visible signage) published by the Park for walking dogs in designated areas of the Park. Signage will be erected by the end of this week with rezoned areas and brochures distributed first in Wilderness.

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Media Release: Heavy rains in Mapungubwe National Park

28 February 2017

Mapungubwe National Park & World Heritage Site experienced heavy rain fall over the weekend.  As a result, some parts of the park are experiencing high water levels which has caused the road to the tree top walk and the confluence to be temporarily closed.

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Minister Edna Molewa highlights progress on the Integrated Strategic Management of Rhinoceros

28 February 2017

27 February 2017 

Good Morning, 

This statement covers the period January through December 2016, which is inclusive of the period September to December 2016.

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Environmental Affairs Minister invites public to comment on the draft regulations on the reclamation of Land from Coastal Waters

27 February 2017

27 February 2017 

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, has on 24 February 2017, published in Government Notice R. 167 in Government Gazette No. 40638 draft regulations on the reclamation of land from coastal waters, for public comment. The regulations seek to provide an administrative framework to implement sections 7B and 7C of the National Environmental Management: Integrated Coastal Management Act, 2008 (Act No. 24 of 2008) relating to the submission, processing and consideration of applications for approval to reclaim land from coastal waters.  

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Media Release: Golden Gate ready to welcome the 2017 Clarens Craft Beer Festival delegates

24 February 2017

Golden Gate Highlands National Park employees are excited as they get ready to welcome the delegates to the annual Clarens Beer Festival which takes place on 24 and 25 February 2017. This festival offers beer lovers a chance to sample a variety of beers under one roof and it promotes tourism in the eastern Free State.

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Ecological burn to restore critically endangered Knysna Sand Fynbos on Private Land in GRNP

21 February 2017

 

A team of stakeholders has set the 06th March 2017 as a possible date for an ecological burn. The planned burn which was postponed last year is now back on the cards of a steering committee concerned about the ecological wellbeing of the area. The burn will include some 71 hectares on the Southern slopes along the Brenton-on-sea Road which includes Portions 39 and 40 of the Uitzigt Farm. 

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Media Release: Kruger National Park roads re-open for tourists

21 February 2017

Most of the Kruger National Park (KNP)’s gravel roads which were closed as a precautionary measure due to heavy rain on 16 February 2017 are now open for tourists as from today, 21 February 2017.

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Media Release: Mikosi heads to Robben Island as part of International Tourist Guides' Day

20 February 2017

The renowned tourist guide, Sidney Fhumulani Mikosi will again be in the spotlight when he joins other tour guides around the country as part of the International Tourist Guides’ day that will take place on 3 and 4 March 2017 at Robben Island.

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Sod turning heralds the start of Skukuza Safari Lodge Project

18 February 2017

Environmental Affairs Minister, Dr Edna Molewa, today (Saturday, 18 February 2017) officiated on a sod-turning ceremony just before the start of the building of the Skukuza Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park (KNP).

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SANParks announces inaugural Tourism Investment Summit 2017

18 February 2017

Skukuza: Particulars of an inaugural Tourism Investment Summit in SA national parks were announced at South African National Parks (SANParks) today, 18 February 2017. The summit, which is to be hosted by SANParks, will be held at The Maslow Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg on 27 March 2017.

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Temporary closure of the gravel roads and some facilities in the Kruger National Park

17 February 2017

An update on the temporary closure of gravel roads and some facilities in the Kruger National Park as a result from the rainfall associated with cyclone Dineo.

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Safety measures in place for Tropical Cyclone Dineo in Kruger National Park

16 February 2017

As we are expecting the Dineo cyclone in the next 24 hours, as part of our state of readiness, we have numbers that members of the public can use to get information about the situation in Kruger National Park. Those who are inside the Park and get stuck somewhere must call and those who are planning to visit, should call and enquire about the conditions of the area they will be visiting. The numbers to dial are: 076 801 9679 or 013 735 0197

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Media Release: KNP temporarily close its gravel roads as Dineo moves throughout the Park

16 February 2017

According to reports from the South African Weather Services, various parts of the Kruger National Park (KNP) in particular the far north of the park are expected to receive heavy rain today (Thursday, 16 February 2017).

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Kids in Parks Programme in Knysna

15 February 2017

The Kids in Parks programme has become one of a few ways learners from underprivileged communities visit National Parks. For a month, 500 learners take turns to explore the mystical Knysna forest and picturesque waterscapes. These are local learners from Knysna and surrounds.

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Media Release: Kids in Parks heading to Camdeboo National Park

15 February 2017

Starting next week, for a period of six weeks, 500 learners and nearly two dozen educators will descend on Camdeboo National Park around Graaff-Reinet for their annual Kids in Parks programme.  Each school’s three-day field trip is co-sponsored by Pick ‘n Pay and the Departments of Education and Environmental Affairs.

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SANParks Tourism Investment Summit

14 February 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) will be launching its inaugural Tourism Investment Summit to the public at its Head Office in Pretoria. The Summit will be held at the Maslow Hotel in Sandton on 27 March 2017.

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25% discount offered at three parks

10 February 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering 25% discount on low season tariffs to short notice online reservations for accommodation and camping at a selection of nine camps in three parks.

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Media Release: Stakeholder participation process open for Protected Environment

10 February 2017

The stakeholder participation process for comments and inputs on the Management Plan for the Mountain Zebra Camdeboo Protected Environment (MZCPE) has kicked off and is open until 13 March 2017.

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Media Release: Wimpy staff on strike in Kruger National Park

09 February 2017

Employees of Wimpy restaurant in the Kruger National Park (KNP), Pretoriuskop Camp are as from today (Thursday, 9 February 2017) embarking on an industrial action due to unresolved dispute between them and their employer.

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Media Release: 2017 Marakele marathon date set

09 February 2017

Marakele National Park’s most popular event, the Marakele marathon and half marathon date has been announced to be the 08th of April 2017. This Comrades qualifier race is brought by SANParks in partnership with SANParks Honorary Rangers and Thabazimbi marathon club.

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Media Release: Recent rains welcome at Mapungubwe National Park

07 February 2017

Mapungubwe National Park, like the rest of the country was drought stricken in the last couple of months, but thanks to the recent rains the Park is looking greener and the Limpopo River which runs through the Park is flowing again.

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New area for day visitors in Wilderness section of Garden Route National Park

06 February 2017

There are now officially designated areas for day visitors in the Wilderness section of Garden Route National Park. The move to have designated areas was motivated by a growing number of day visitors to Wilderness. In 2016, 71 280 day visitors entered the Wilderness section of the Garden Route National Park compared to last year’s 61 770. So says Area Manager of Wilderness, Sandra Taljaard "we have recorded an increase of day visitors as well as campers from 2014 and thus the need to cater for the different needs and expectations of different visitors."

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Media Release: World Wetlands Day observed at Marakele National Park

06 February 2017

On Friday 03 February, Marakele National Park outside of Thabazimbi together with Biodiversity Special Programme (BSP) in the park celebrated World Wetlands Day. The event, celebrated under the theme “Wetlands for disaster risk reduction” focused on raising public awareness on direct and indirect benefits of wetlands in particular the role that they play in disaster risk reduction, and their benefits to humanity.

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World Wetlands Day

02 February 2017

The World Wetlands Day campaign helps reflect on the significant role played by wetlands in the ecosystem: Wetlands help reduce the impacts of flooding, act as a sponge when it rains by holding and releasing water to rivers. They also store carbon and are home to many plants and animals. They also provide a sense of place and refuge for birds.

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Media Release: The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park and Conservation Area expands its Conservation Area

01 March 2017

The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park and Conservation Area Trilateral Ministerial Committee Meeting was held in Maputo on 24 February 2017 to take stock of the progress and endorse the further implementation of the activities in the GLTP as coordinated through the Joint Management Board comprising the three partner countries of Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

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20% discount on selected accommodation and activities for the Valentines Weekend

30 January 2017

Are you wondering how to spoil your loved one this Valentine’s Day? Why not surprise that special someone with a romantic weekend getaway? Share unforgettable moments immersed in the beauty of nature. Cuddle up and get close as you go on a night-drive under starry skies in the Kruger. Go on a romantic stroll over treetops in Mapungubwe National Park. Spend quality time together exploring the majestic Maluti mountains and their indescribable golden glow in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering 20% discount on selected accommodation and activities, booked online, for the coming Valentine’s Weekend.

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Garden Route National Park prepares for heavy rains

27 January 2017

The Eden District has released a flood warning predicting 50mm of rainfall starting from today Friday, 27 January 2017.

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25% discount on accommodation and camping at selected Parks

10 January 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering 25% discount on low season tariffs to short notice online reservations for accommodation and camping at a selection of camps and parks across South Africa.

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Media Release: Explore the Karoo on Mountain Bike

25 January 2017

What better way to explore the remoteness of the Karoo than from your mountain bike? That’s exactly what awaits participants of the inaugural two-day Roof de Karoo Mountain Bike Traverse, happening on 24 and 25 March.

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Media Release: Busy festive season in Frontier Region National Parks

24 January 2017

The five South African National Parks in the Frontier Region experienced a boost in visitor numbers over the past festive season.  The Addo Elephant, Camdeboo, Garden Route, Karoo and Mountain Zebra National Parks all seemed to be gain in popularity compared to the same period over the last two years.

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Media Release: More festive visitors for Mountain Zebra National Park

24 January 2017

More people enjoyed all that Mountain Zebra National Park (MZNP) outside Cradock has to offer over the past festive season.  The Park saw in increase in visitor numbers from 3 177 two years ago, to 3 425 – 7.8% more.  This was during the period from 16 December to 8 January.

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Media Release: Festive visitor numbers through the roof at Karoo National Park

24 January 2017

Visitor numbers to Karoo National Park saw good growth over the past festive season – with the Park experiencing in increase in gate arrivals of 47.4% over the period from mid-December to the end of the first week in January.

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Media Release: Camdeboo National Park festive season figures up

24 January 2017

Judging by statistics just in about visitor numbers to Camdeboo National Park over the festive season, it would be safe to assume that the Park’s popularity is well on the rise.

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Media Release: Sylvester and company finally free in Addo Elephant National Park

24 January 2017

There’s a big difference between 200 and 15 000 hectares, and it would appear as if the country’s most talked about lion, Sylvester, was all too aware of this. It took him only minutes to move out of the enclosure he’s been in since November, into the larger Kuzuko contractual area of the Park, when the fence was cut over the weekend.

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Introducing children to our game parks

18 January 2017

South Africa’s vast network of protected areas representing the country`s rich indigenous fauna, fIora, landscapes and associated cultural heritage are found in over 19 game reserves. Sadly, the vast majority of children who live in and around the parks had never previously had a chance to visit these wiId areas. The Kids in Parks Programme is changing that. Established in 2005, Kids in Parks is a partnership between the Department of Environmental Affairs, South African National Parks (SAN Parks), the Department of Basic Education and retailer Pick n Pay. The aim is simple: to expose as many children as possible to South Africa`s diverse natural and cultural heritage in order to foster a lifelong passion for conservation and a sense of pride of South Africa’s biodiversity.

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Getting kids to Mzansi parks

18 January 2017

Many parents don`t seem to even consider taking their kids to national parks for an outing, rather opting for malls instead. But the truth is that exposing your kids to SA`s diverse natural and cultural heritage not only give them first-hand experience of, Mzansi`s natural and cultural heritage, they will even become passionate about conservation. Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa says the majority of children who live in and around these parks had never had a chance to visit these wild wonderlands.- Mzansi has over 19 national parks that represent the country`s rich fauna, flora, landscapes and cultural heritage. Edna said their Kids in Parks Programme, which encourages children to learn more about biodiversity and how to sustain it, was started in 2005.

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An update on road conditions in the Kruger National Park

16 January 2017

Herewith an update on the road conditions in the Nxanasteni region of the Kruger National Park:

  • Balule
    The water level on the S89 is high and guests are therefore advised to make use of the S91 and S92 as well as the causeway to access Balule.
  • Kaleka
    Due to overflowing the H1-9 is closed. Mopani Rest Camp is accessible via the Letaba high water bridge.
  • Shimuwini
    The camp is inaccessible.

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Would you share a bird hide with a snake?

16 January 2017

The Kruger National Park's most popular bird hide, Lake Panic, is famous for many reasons: for twitchers it’s a birder’s paradise, while photographers and wildlife enthusiasts adore the spot as game is in abundance. But what to do when a venomous snake pays the hide a visit?

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Media Release: Kruger National Park confirms arrests of 11 suspected rhino poachers

16 January 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) today, 16 January 2017, confirmed the arrest of 11 suspects in anti-poaching operations inside and outside the Kruger National Park (KNP) on Friday, 13 January 2017. The arrests were carried out by the SANParks Rangers Corps, South African Police Services (SAPS) and the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigations (DPCI) also known as the Hawks.

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Table Mountain National Park: Fire update

11 January 2017

The Red Hill Road in Simon's Town is closed due to the fire. Please be aware that there is a thick band of smoke hanging over Simon's Town. Visitors to Cape Point and Simon's Town are asked to exercise caution when moving through the area.

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Downtime Notice: Technical enhancements on the SANParks.org website

04 January 2017

Please note that due to technical enhancements aimed at PCI DSS compliance, the SANParks.org website will be unavailable on 12 January 2017 from 20:00 to 00:00. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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Media Release: Temporary closure of the Letaba Elephant Hall due to renovations

09 January 2017

The Kruger National Park (KNP) will temporarily close the Letaba Elephant Hall at Letaba Camp in the north of the park from 12 January - 20 March 2017. The temporary closure is due to the installation of new information panels and maintenance upgrade.

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