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07 May 2015

South African National Parks (SANParks) will be at INDABA, Africa's top travel show hosted in Durban, from 9 to 11 May 2015.

Not hiking yet? Tell us why! Take the Wild Hiking Survey and win

05 May 2015

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. 

Media Release: 28 Rhino Poaching Suspects Arrested in KNP in April

30 April 2015

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.   

Media Release: SANParks CEO congratulates rangers on arrests of suspected poachers in KNP

28 April 2015

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.

A bush concert with Chris Chameleon at Mokala National Park

23 April 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.

Media Release: SANParks condemns xenophobic attacks

21 April 2015

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. 

Walking dogs in the Garden Route National Park

14 April 2015

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.

Latest update on floods in Natures Valley

08 April 2015

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.

Media Release: Gate Quotas in force during the Easter Weekend

30 March 2015

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. 

An amazing sighting via the Orpen webcam

24 March 2015

The SANParks website offers a virtual link to some of our national parks via our very popular webcams. Recently, the Orpen webcam captured a particularly memorable sighting.

Bird kills in Wilderness area

19 March 2015

The Area Manager of the Wilderness section of the Garden Route National Park, Sandra Taljaard says "members of the public may have recently noticed bird mortalities in some of the lakes  of the Wilderness Section of the Garden Route National Park. South African National Parks is aware of this situation and is closely monitoring and investigating the matter".

Media Release: Silvermine and Tokai to remain closed to the public

12 March 2015

In the interest of public safety, as well as for the protection of the environmental integrity of the Silvermine and Tokai sections of Table Mountain National Park (TMNP), park management decided that these two areas will remain closed to the public until further notice.

Precautionary measures underway in the Garden Route National Park

12 March 2015

The team in the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) is prioritizing partnerships in rescue missions in the forestry areas as well as water bodies. A prime example this week was a training session held with the Eden   Metro Emergency Services (EMS).

Media Release: Mopping up begins as fires are contained

10 March 2015

Teams have moved into a full scale mopping up operation after the fires that raged through Table Mountain National Park for almost a week, was extinguished. A worried eye is being kept on the weather though because fears remain that the fires could flare up again.

Media Release: World scientists assemble in the Kruger National Park

09 March 2015

The Kruger National Park (KNP) will once again host multitude of scientists and researchers from around the world at the 13th annual Savanna Science Network Meeting which is taking place from 9-12 March 2015 at the Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre in Skukuza. The meeting will host about 200 delegates representing 70 different institutions from 12 countries.

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