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Media Release: SANParks expresses their sincerest condolences

09 March 2015

The chairperson of the SANParks Board, Mr Kuseni Dlamini, has expressed condolences on behalf of the Board, Management and staff to the family, friends and colleagues of Mr Willem Hendrick ‘Bees’ Marias, who tragically died in a helicopter accident while fighting fires in the Cape Point section of Table Mountain National Park today.

Media Release: Cape Point fire still burning in Table Mountain National Park

06 March 2015

The fires at the Cape Point section inside the Table Mountain National Park continues to burn with crews basically forced to stand down at 23h00pm last night due to strong wind conditions making the situation extremely challenging for those on site with total costs of fighting the fires now climbing towards the R5 million mark. 

Media Release: Programme for care of injured and orphaned rhino

06 March 2015

The South African National Parks (SANParks) has announced a partnership with the Peace Parks Parks Foundation (PPF) as part of the Rhino Protection Programme (RPP) which will see R2.4-million allocated towards assisting with the care of rhino which have been injured and orphaned as a result of rhino poaching. The Kruger National Park has been particularly affected by rhino poaching and in the course of 2014 SANParks rescued 16 rhino orphans, of which 12 went to specialist care and 4 were placed with surrogate mothers in holding bomas managed by SANParks.

The SANParks Times autumn edition is out

03 March 2015

Read about big developments at the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. Or, where to aim you walking boots for the best endurance trails in national parks. Does a tortoise blink? Get the answer in this edition. 

Media Release: No let-up on fire in Table Mountain National Park

03 March 2015

A fire that started in the early hours of Sunday morning on the Muizenberg Mountains has spread significantly, all vegetation of the Silvermine section of Table Mountain National Park has been burnt and the infrastructure including office buildings, campsites,  board walks continue to be at risk. 

Media Release: SANParks Honorary Rangers act to help save irreplaceable cycads

20 February 2015

Criminals in the Addo area of the Eastern Cape poached more than fifty irreplaceable cycads over Valentine’s weekend. Two truckloads of cycad, many reaching between 3 and 4.5 meters high, were confiscated by authorities.  These plants are slow growing and are between 500 and 1000 years old. An aerial census of the area identified more dug up cycads in the veld.

Media Release: SA's first-ever Certificates of Commendation by CITES

18 February 2015

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa has congratulated South African law-enforcement authorities combating rhinoceros-related crime, on being awarded Certificates of Commendation by CITES. It is the first time South Africa has been afforded this accolade.

Media Release: Addo's new Langebos Huts launched

11 February 2015

Set within the picturesque Alexandria Forest in the Woody Cape Section of Addo Elephant National Park, a new, exclusive accommodation offering is set to be a hit with birders, those who enjoy escaping to a private destination under a canopy of trees and others who just wish to “get away from it all”. Prospective visitors with a special interest in botany, trees, ferns and mushrooms will also delight in using this accommodation as their base from where to explore the forest.  

Media Release: West Rand Region's Kruger National Park birding weekends

06 February 2015

The 2015 SANParks Honorary Rangers, West Rand Region’s birding weekends are in full swing in the Kruger National Park.  Held in partnership with Birdlife South Africa and Sasol, these weekends held across 20 camps within the park are aimed raising funds for conservation through educating and exposing the public to the wonders of birding.

Media Release: Rhino Tears Wine raises R100K in three months to combat poaching

06 February 2015

A new wine brand, launched at the end of 2014, has already raised over R100 000 to be used in the war against rhino poaching within South Africa’s national parks. The Rhino Tears range of wines, from the Mt Vernon estate in Cape Town, donates proceeds from every bottle sold to Unite Against Poaching, and after selling 8852 bottles since its launch in October 2014, has now contributed the substantial amount to the cause.

Media Release: 2015 Kumba Marakele Marathon and Half Marathon

04 February 2015

South African National Parks (SANParks) is once again partnering with Anglo American’s Kumba Iron Ore to present the 6th annual Kumba Marakele Marathon (KMM) on Saturday, 7 March 2015 at Marakele National Park (MNP), Limpopo.

Segways for Valentine's stroll

04 February 2015

Visitors to the Ebb & Flow rest camp (Wilderness section of the Garden Route National Park) can now traverse the Kingfisher Trail on a Segway. 

Recent increase in vessel and boat permits

03 February 2015

The recent increase in activity tariffs in the GRNP was informed by the National Conservation Fee Policy of SANParks (2011). This policy was established to guide the organisation based on recommendations made by McKinsey Business Consultants. The guideline is to implement a system of differential pricing (market-related) for entry into all Parks. 

Media Release: Fall in love with SANParks Online Discount

03 February 2015

South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering a 25% discounted rate for new reservations made through the SANParks online booking system for selected Parks and Camps for bookings from Thursday 12 February to Sunday 15 February 2015. 

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