The annual South Africa National Parks Week will take place on 14 – 18 September 2015; to once again afford South African day visitors free access into the Kruger National Park (KNP) and all other National Parks in the country.
The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, has congratulated the 26-member Black Mamba anti-poaching unit for being awarded the United Nations top accolade – the Champions of the Earth award.
South African National Parks (SANParks) is again opening its doors for free from Monday, 14 September until Friday, 18 September as part of the annual South African National Parks Week. This campaign under the established theme ‘Know Your National Parks’ will allow locals with valid identity documents an opportunity to spend a day at a national park of their choice, free of charge.
Although rivers in the Tsitsikamma section of the GRNP are relatively full subsequent to recent rainfall, all day and multi-day hiking trails are now open including the world famous Otter trail hike. Water in the Natures Valley camp has also subsided. According to Area Manager of Knysna (GRNP), Johan de Klerk "roads in the forestry areas in Knysna (Kom-se-Pad) are drivable and trees, debris, water cleared."
Kruger National Park (KNP) in partnership with various church denominations from the Park’s neighbouring communities assembled on Saturday, 05 September 2015 at Skukuza’s Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre to pray for the protection of rhino species and to condemn rhino poaching.
Rangers are assessing the extent of the damage caused by the recent rainfall. Goudveld, Gouna and Jubilee Creek (all in the forestry areas) seem to be the hardest hit. In addition to the 100mm rainfall on the 1st of September morning, an additional 40mm was measured. "This has caused damage in Goudveld (an old mining town in the middle of the forest) and a nearby popular picnic spot (Jubilee Creek)" according to Senior Section Ranger, Dominique du Toit.
Kruger National Park (KNP) GM: Communications and Marketing, William Mabasa handed over 420 Lala palm trees to crafters at Ndindani Village on behalf of Management on the 2nd of September 2015; outside Giyani as part of the Arbor Week celebrations.
Bees beating the heat, Kruger prepping for drought and the life and times of marine rangers – it’s all in the new SANParks Times.
SANParks managers of the Garden Route National Park have requested citizens to not cross fast flowing rivers in the forestry areas of the Park. "The Piesang River in the Knysna Forest is flooded, so are most rivers" according to Johan de Klerk (Area Manager of the Knysna section).
Namaqua National Park flower report - 25 August 2015
The SANParks 2014 Research Report is now available on the SANParks website, at the link below.
The very first upgrades in Tsitsikamma as part of the +R 17 million project will start with the entrance gate and administration building. Good news is visitors will not be affected by this at all. "The plan is to vacate the existing office building before December" explains Area Manager for Tsitsikamma, Lesley-Ann Meyer. Roll out of the Project will be the new Office Block closest to reception, then once that’s completed, work on the entrance gate will begin.
To our valued online customers, please note that tonight (25 August 2015) at 20:00, SANParks will be launching 3D-Secure - an E-Commerce regulation enforced by PASA (Payment Association of South Africa).
The 2015 Garden Route National Park Awards were held at the Simola Hotel on the 20th of August 2015. SANParks introduced Regional Awards in an effort to not only motivate its staff, but to recognize and honour those who commit themselves to a matchless level of excellence in performing their duties. In attendance was the Deputy Mayor of Knysna, Esme Edge, Mrs South Africa contestant, Jackie Wilson Louwe (who was a co-Master of Ceremony with a Senior Marine Ranger for Knysna-Owen Govender), Managing Executive of Parks, Dr. Mvusy Songelwa, Honorary Rangers from Knysna (Chairperson, Bayden Hall) and other distinguished guests.
Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) takes pleasure in announcing the re-opening of certain burnt areas which had been closed off to the public. The areas had to be closed off following the March fires for the safety of visitors, and to allow natural systems to recover. Restoration work started immediately after the fire with attention to both restoring access as well as the natural elements. TMNP Management was encouraged by the general compliance to these closures and appreciates this patience with the restricted access. Now, five months after the fire, fynbos recovery is showing great progress and mountain lovers can once again look forward to their favourite hikes and to see the wonders of fynbos.
A male lion from Addo Elephant National Park (AENP) which went on a short walkabout (possibly in search of love) onto a neighbouring property has been safely returned to the park.
One of the Kruger National Park (KNP) helicopters with three park officials on board went looking for two rhinos, which were believed to be outside the Park west of Orpen Gate yesterday (18 August 2015). The female rhino and her calf were observed outside the park; and a helicopter was dispatched to locate the animals in order to guide the Game Capture team on the ground.
Namaqua National Park flower report - 17 August 2015
Come and experience the wonderland that the Tankwa Karoo National Park is during flower season. The daisies can be viewed until mid-September.
The Namaqua National Park Flower Report - 11 August 2015
A new female cheetah was released into Mountain Zebra National Park outside Cradock in the Eastern Cape today – introducing new genes into the park in the process.
In commemoration of World Elephant Day celebrated annually on 12 August, South African National Parks (SANParks) said although South Africa has only experienced a few isolated incidents of elephant poaching, unlike many other African countries, the country cannot afford to remain complacent.
To improve our service to you, we would like to get feedback on the restaurant facilities at the rest camps of Punda Maria and Shingwedzi in the Kruger National Park.
The importance and role of Education was something Tata Nelson Mandela vehemently focused on, it was therefore a given decision for South African National Parks (SANParks) Biodiversity Social Projects (BSP) Expanded Public Works Programme to work alongside Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) as well as Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) to renovate, clean and upgrade the standard of EL-Shaddai Early Childhood Development Centre in Galeshewe Locaton in Kimberley in celebration of Nelson Mandela Day on the 17th July 2015.
South African National Parks (SANParks) will be opening its 10th annual SA National Parks Week at Marakele National Park from 14 to 18 September 2015. This initiative, in partnership with Total SA, is in line with SANParks' vision statement of ‘A sustainable National Park System Connecting Society'.
Day Visitors to the Kruger National Park (KNP) are requested to take note of gate quotas when planning their visit, during this long weekend, as these will strictly be enforced as from today until Monday, 10 August 2015.
South African National Parks (SANParks) has announced the arrest of eight (8) suspected rhino poachers in the Kruger National Park (KNP) on Wednesday, 5 August 2015.
Latest update regarding the protests in Phalaborwa
As of this morning, 6 August 2015, police confirmed that the protests in Phalaborwa have been suspended and the situation is currently calm. Visitors to/from the Kruger National Park can once again make use of the Phalaborwa Gate.
Guests of Kruger National Park are hereby informed that Phalaborwa Gate is currently inaccessible due to protests by communities in the Ba-Phalaborwa area on the access roads such as R71 (leading to Phalaborwa Gate) taking place since Sunday, 2 August 2015. The protests have so far resulted in some vehicles burnt, schools & businesses affected and temporarily closed. Guests are advised to use alternative gates such as Orpen or Punda Maria to access and exit Kruger National Park until further notice.
On the 3rd of August 2015, news trickled through of an odd bird seen at Perdekloof Picnic Site near Cape Point in Table Mountain National Park (TMNP).
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