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Garden Route National Park gives back to local cyclists

12 November 2015

The Garden Route National Park Fun Mountain Bike Ride was held on the 7th of November 2015 and served to initiate a new cycling route, "Graspad", which commences at the Kranshoek Gate in the Harkerville forest (Knysna). The organiser from Muddyfoot Adeventures, James Stewart confirmed the route for the fun day to be 25 kilometers which included 12km of the Graspad route. The event was created to give back to cyclists who purchase annual permit tags.

Media Release: SANParks appoints Head of Ranger Services in the Kruger National Park

03 November 2015

The South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to announce the appointment of Xolani Nicholus Funda, as Chief Ranger; managing the whole anti-poaching operations in the Kruger National Park (KNP) effectively from 1 November 2015. Funda takes over from Major General Johan Jooste, who has since moved to SANParks’ head office and got a promotion on a strategic level position. 

Heavy rains in the Garden Route National Park

02 November 2015

All day trails as well as Day 1 of the famous Otter Trail are closed in the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP). This is due to the heavy and intermittent rain since yesterday, 1 November 2015 and this morning, 2 November 2015. The Park has closed the trails as a precautionary measure and fears of hikers slipping because of wet conditions. 

Media Release: Pafuri Border Camp to open for tourists on 1 November

30 October 2015

The Kruger National Park (KNP) will open the latest addition to its accommodation portfolio called the Pafuri Border Camp, to tourists on Sunday, 1 November 2015. Situated in the Pafuri section of the Park (about 70km from Punda Maria Camp Gate), the bush lodge was converted from what used to be called The Employment Bureau of Africa Ltd (TEBA) Tourism Facility.

Conservation wins at The Old Mutual Wild Series - Golden Gate Challenge

27 October 2015

The Golden Gate Challenge (a three day trail run) brought to you by the Old Mutual Wild Series took place from October 22 to 25. The race had over 180 participants, showing the popularity and success of the unique Old Mutual Wild Series events. The stage distances of 27km, 29km and 17km traversed through restricted parts of the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, rarely seen by the public. The Golden Gate Highlands National Park is home to one of Southern Africa's few remaining populations of the Bearded Vulture, a critically endangered bird found in high altitude landscapes. 

Arid Region not so dry after all, scooped up 7 awards

23 October 2015

The South African National Parks (SANParks) supported by Total SA and First National Bank (FNB) recognised outstanding performances at the 11th annual SANParks Kudu Awards ceremony held at the CSIR Convention Centre in Pretoria on 16 October 2015.

Arid Region not so dry after all, scooped up 7 awards

23 October 2015

The South African National Parks (SANParks) supported by Total SA and First National Bank (FNB) recognised outstanding performances at the 11th annual SANParks Kudu Awards ceremony held at the CSIR Convention Centre in Pretoria on 16 October 2015.

Arid Region not so dry after all, scooped up 7 awards

23 October 2015

The South African National Parks (SANParks) supported by Total SA and First National Bank (FNB) recognised outstanding performances at the 11th annual SANParks Kudu Awards ceremony held at the CSIR Convention Centre in Pretoria on 16 October 2015.

Media Release: Kudu Awards Celebrate Conservation Giants

18 October 2015

The South African National Parks (SANParks) supported by Total SA and First National Bank (FNB) recognised deserving conservationists at their 11th annual SANParks Kudu Awards ceremony held at CSIR Convention Centre in Pretoria this Friday evening (16 October 2015).

Media Release: SANParks Rangers successfully arrested abalone poachers in Addo

14 October 2015

A high speed chase in howling winds and rough seas yesterday (13 October 2015) ended when three alleged abalone poachers were arrested and had their vessel and gear confiscated. The three, aged between 28 and 39, were found trespassing in the Addo Elephant National Park (AENP) Bird Island Marine Protected Area (MPA) in Algoa Bay.

Media Release: Bontle tented units fast becoming a favourite weekend destination

14 October 2015

Marakele National Park has become a hive of activity and a favourite destination for many and even more so since the new tented units at Bontle Rest Camp were officially launched. Situated just a kilometre from the Marakele main gate, the ten units that have been added as an extension to the Bontle Rest Camp have been running at 80% occupancy level for most weekends since their official opening a month ago.

Media Release: KNP to remove Sirheni Concrete Dam for ecological reasons

14 October 2015

The Kruger National Park (KNP) in conjunction with South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will demolish the dam wall at Sirheni, one of the bush camps in the northern part of the Park in the week of 19 – 23 October 2015. The dam was damaged beyond repair during the 2013 floods. Explosives will be used to demolish the dam wall, after which the remains will be removed as part of the rehabilitation process.

Media Release: Golden meals at Golden Price in Golden Gate Hotel

13 October 2015

Scrumptious breakfast and supper that cater for a variety of people and events complimented by a great ambiance and spectacular view under the Brandwag buttress is on offer every day at the Golden Gate Hotel situated in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park.

Media Release: Teen boy drowns at Letaba swimming pool

13 October 2015

Kruger National Park Management expressed its sincere condolences and sympathy to the next of kin of the teen boy who died at Letaba Rest Camp day visitors’ swimming pool on Thursday afternoon (October 8, 2015). The teen boy from Nkovani Village at Malamulele was in the Park on a church group tour.  

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