Birds, bugs, trees, cats, seahorses, flowers and raging fires – it’s all in the June edition of the SANParks Times.
The South African National Parks (SANParks) Honorary Rangers in partnership with Alyssa's Save The Rhino's Fund officially handed over two trained sniffer dogs to the Ranger Corps in Marakele National Park. This handover was facilitated by the Waterberg region of the SANParks Honorary Rangers and the SANParks Honorary Rangers canine fund.
The Kruger National Park (KNP) will showcase its tourism products at the Polokwane Show which takes place on 27 - 30 May 2015. The idea is to afford clients an opportunity to have one on one interaction with KNP Staff, discussing various tourism and conservation related issues in Polokwane.
The 2015 Kudu Awards organized by South African National Parks (SANParks) in partnership with First National Bank (FNB) and Total SA has opened for entries.
Addo Elephant National Park’s three lion cubs which rose to fame towards the end of last year, orphaned when their mother, Gina, died, have started the next step towards their rehabilitation back into the wild. Now nine months old, the male and two females have been moved from a holding boma in the park’s main game viewing area to a much larger, 200 hectare camp within the Kuzuko contractual area in the north of the park about 100kms away by road.
The Afromontane forests of the Southern Cape, most of them part of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) are up for a listing on the World Heritage List (UNESCO- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation).
Two Hiking trails in the Knysna forest also part of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) recently received Green Flag status. Perdekop (9, 5 kilometer nature walk) and Olifants (in Diepwalle) hiking trails were accredited by the Hiking Organisation of Southern Africa (HOSA) on the 14 May 2015.
Addo Elephant National Park’s fight against rhino poaching was stepped up a notch in April when it took ownership of a Polaris all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and a specially designed “rhino anti-poaching” trailer for use in the field. This was thanks to a financial injection from the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet fundraising programme’s MyPlanet Rhino Fund (administered by the Endangered Wildlife Trust) for the ATV and the Rhino Action Group Effort (RAGE) and TW Steel’s donation of one of only four-of-its-kind trailers.
Pretoria, Wednesday 13 May, 2015 – Nature conservation efforts in South African National Parks (SANParks) were given a major boost today with a donation of R325 000 from South African-based financial services company Gallet Group Employee Benefits (Pty) Ltd.
SANParks has received the first report from the State Vet who was consulted to conduct extensive tests on birds subsequent to recent bird kills. ‘Clinical Tests have come back negative for avian influenza (bird flu) and Newcastle disease’.
10 May 2015: Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen,
At the outset I would like to thank you for being with us at this briefing, on a Sunday of Mothers' day. We would have liked to hold this briefing earlier than today but the huge program of work that we have to deal with have been unstable and unpredictable.
Durban: National Minister of Tourism, the Honorable Derek Hanekom, launched a tourism industry first at Indaba on Sunday, May 10 – a self-regulation project for open safari vehicles (OSVs) in the Kruger National Park.
Durban: The national parks in South Africa have made headways for everyone to have access in its tourism offerings, regardless of their physical, intellectual or sensory capabilities.
South African National Parks (SANParks) will be at INDABA, Africa's top travel show hosted in Durban, from 9 to 11 May 2015.
As a returning visitor to www.SANParks.org, you’ll notice that things are a little different around here...
As part of a continued quest to improve customer service to you, SANParks would like to understand what your requirements are for facilities at the picnic sites of Afsaal, Tshokwane and Nkhuhlu in Kruger National Park.
You are invited to participate in a study conducted by the University of Pretoria which is investigating whether an accreditation system for hiking trails can motivate nature lovers who are not currently hiking to take up hiking as an outdoor activity.
South African National Parks (SANParks) today announced the arrest of a further six suspected poachers and wounding of one in two separate operations. In the first operation, in the Stolsnek section – south of the Park, Rangers with close helicopter and dog unit reaction support arrested three suspects and recovered a firearm, ammunition and two freshly chopped off rhino horns.
The dual race event comprising of walks, running and open-water swims has the town of Wilderness and Sedgefield buzzing with excitement.
There has been a rise in the number of arrests of suspected poachers in the Kruger National Park (KNP) since the beginning of April of this year. Since the beginning of this month there have been 22 arrests for suspected poaching activities inside the KNP. This brings to 56 the total number of arrests in the Park since the start of 2015.
This past weekend Mokala National Park hosted Chris Chameleon. The Honorary Rangers - Free State Region did a sterling job organising the Chris Chameleon Bush Concert at the newly renovated Stofdam bird hide. And what an auspicious occasion it was.
SANParks has received numerous requests to expand activity offerings in national parks. In light of this, SANParks is considering a spa facility in the Skukuza Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park.
South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to condemn in the harshest terms the recent spate of xenophobic attacks currently happening in various parts of our country. These attacks run contrary to everything that the struggle for liberation stood for and are undermining both social cohesion within the country and our international reputation.
Due to the open-access nature of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP), it is enjoyed by those who love the outdoors and adventure seekers. Outdoor activities for most in the Garden Route may include dog walking.
Subsequent to 113 mm of rain on Saturday (the 04th April), the De Vasselot Rest Camp in Natures Valley was closed and hikers and campers relocated to the main camp in Storms River, Tsitsikamma.
The outgoing Board of South African National Parks (SANParks), which was appointed for the three year period 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2015, has now ended its term.
Day Visitors to the Kruger National Park (KNP) are requested to take note of gate quotas when planning their visit, as these will strictly be enforced during the coming Easter Weekend which starts on Thursday, 2 April until Monday, 6 April 2015.
The operating hours for South African National Parks (SANParks) Reservations during the Easter Weekend and public holidays in April 2015.
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