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Researcher's Logistical Support

Project Registration Process

SANParks requires that any researcher who wants to conduct research in SANParks conservation areas, or make use of SANParks data, is registered with the SANParks Scientific Services department. Submit a project for registration.

Project proposals submitted to the Garden Route Scientific Services for consideration are reviewed by the Scientific Services department. If approved, the project will be registered on our database. Once the project has been registered the regional ecologist (details below) will assist with logistical arrangements and data access. Researchers are encouraged to share their results and were possible their data via the SANParks Data Repository.

Important Protocols for Researchers Working in SANParks

When doing field work in any of the national parks there are some important protocols researchers must follow. These are in place to help you plan your trip as well as to ensure your safety while in the field.

Fieldwork Guidelines:

  • An indemnity form, obtainable through the regional ecologist, must be signed before the commencement of fieldwork.
  • Normal park rules apply to researchers, unless special permission has been obtained from the relevant area manager.
  • No fauna, flora or abiotic material may be captured, collected, marked or removed without a collecting and/or movement permit.
  • Equipment cannot be erected, set up, installed, utilised or mounted and left unattended, without permission.
  • Research accommodation should be booked well in advance as accommodation is limited. Time limits may apply in certain parks.
  • Transport within the park is the researcher's responsibility. Most of the SANParks protected areas are accessible by sedan vehicles but 4x4 vehicles are required in some areas.
  • Please copy the regional ecologist in all your SANParks correspondence.

Park Entry:

  • Researchers are required to notify the relevant Area Manager, Senior Section Ranger and Regional Ecologist (details below) of when they will be doing field work.
  • A permit/approval letter must be presented at the gate in order to gain free access to the park. (Note: this is only valid for researchers listed on the permit.)


  • There is limited accommodation for researchers at Storms River (Tsitsikamma Section) and Diepwalle (Knysna Section). Please contact the regional ecologist for booking enquiries.
  • Researchers wanting to make use of tourist accommodation, where research accommodation is not available, must make their own arrangements through Central Reservations and are required to pay conservation fees.
  • A variety of accommodation is available close to the park in the surrounding towns of Storms River Village (Tsitsikamma), Knysna, Sedgefield and Wilderness.

Area Managers and Senior Section Rangers:

Tsitsikamma Section Bulelwa Msengi +27 (0)42 281 1653
Victor Cunningham
Euginia Mkhatshwa
Knysna Section Johan de Klerk +27 (0)44 382 2095
Owen Govender
Klaas Havenga
Wilderness Section Sandra Taljaard +27 (0)44 877 0046
Carel van der Merwe

For queries please contact:

Nerina Kruger
Science Liaison & GIS officer, Garden Route
Tel: +27 (0)44 343 1302