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Estuary water quality: Public urged not to panic

Date: 2014-11-25

The Knysna estuary is a natural system where levels of bacteria can fluctuate at any time. Higher than acceptable levels of ecoli were recorded recently from two consecutive samples collected from at least 14 points in the Knysna estuary.  SANParks will be putting up signage to warn against full body recreational activities as stipulated by the Department of Water Affairs regulation, by Friday (28 November 2014). 

Media Release: Get the holidays started at Camdeboo National Park

Date: 2014-11-24

What better way for learners to put the school year behind them than with a fun-filled week at Camdeboo National Park?

Experience the wonder of nature through canoeing

Date: 2014-11-21

Guests to the Wilderness section of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) can now canoe down its meandering picture-perfect lakes and rivers. This trip promises an adventure through the Park’s lush indigenous forests.

Notice: Scheduled downtime for SANParks online forums

Date: 2014-11-21

Please be aware that we will be initiating a scheduled downtime at 11am SAST on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 for one hour in order to move the forums database to a new powerful server. The move will alleviate bottlenecks and provide increased processing power for the forum. 

Post Office strike causes delays in card delivery

Date: 2014-11-20

The delivery of your Wild Card may be delayed due to the Post Office strike. The good news is that you can still visit parks while waiting for your card.

Mokala Flash Floods

Date: 2014-11-14

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Results of water samples: Swartvlei (thumbs up)

Date: 2014-11-13

6 of the 7 water samples collected from Swartvlei were compliant and lower than the Department of Water Affairs’ permitted 500 mark for recreational sites. The Swartvlei mouth was compliant at 51 per 100 milliliters. SANParks has thus removed signs warning people not to swim at the estuary’s mouth. General Manager of the Garden Route National Park (SANParks), Jill Bunding-Venter, says the rest of the sample readings were (also compliant):

Media Release: Environmental Affairs Minister and Deputy Minister lead South African delegation to 6th world parks congress in Sydney, Australia

Date: 2014-11-13

South Africa today officially handed over the torch for the World Parks Congress to Australia as the hosts of the 6th World Parks Congress, being held in Sydney from today (12 November 2014) to 19 November 2014.

SANParks says more about commercial tour operators (Knysna forest)

Date: 2014-11-12

The Garden Route National Park was proclaimed in March 2009, including the then Tsistikamma NP; Wilderness NP; Knysna Lakes and indigenous forest, covering an area of 160 000 km. 

Media Release: Four new bird species discovered in Karoo National Park

Date: 2014-11-11

Birders who participated in Karoo National Park’s Honorary Rangers’ birding weekend at the end of October got more than they bargained for.  This as four new bird species were added to the park’s bird list on 25 October 2014.

Media Release: Karoo's BSP teams get Green audit results

Date: 2014-11-11

An audit conducted at Karoo National Park’s Biodiversity Social Projects by SANParks’ Regional Monitoring and Compliance Department found them to be the most compliant projects assessed thus far – with all teams achieving green cards in the process.

Response to the incident of an injured tourist in Drupkelders (Knysna forest)

Date: 2014-11-11

A response to the incident in which a tourist was injured in Drupkelders in the Knysna forest, Garden Route National Park (GRNP).

Media Release: Registrations open for the Working for Water QwaQwa/Golden Gate Half Marathon

Date: 2014-11-07

South African National Parks (SANParks) together with the Department of Environmental Affairs and Setsing Super Spar will host the Working for Water QwaQwa / Golden Gate Half Marathon on Saturday, the 15th of November 2014 at Basotho Cultural Village inside the Park. The marathon will end at Setsing Super Spar in QwaQwa.

The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park launches new website

Date: 2014-11-05

The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GLTP) recently launched its new website, www.greatlimpopo.org.

Media Release: Woolworths supports SANParks Honorary Rangers Dog Project

Date: 2014-11-05

Woolworths has, for several years, been involved as a sponsor for the ABSA Cape Epic cycle race. The Cape Epic is an eight day mountain bike race that traverses the farms and mountain ranges of the Western Cape and covers some 800km with over 15 000 meters of climbing.

Media Release: R1.5 million worth of equipment donated to KNP's Ranger Corps

Date: 2014-11-05

Survival equipment to the value of R1.5 million was handed over at a ceremony in Phalaborwa on 31 October 2014. Major General (r) Johan Jooste, Commanding Officer, Special Projects for South African National Parks, and representatives of the Ranger Corps were on hand to receive the equipment. The donation was made possible by the Unite Against Poaching Trust and the SANParks Honorary Rangers.

Table Mountain National Park - Information for the December/January festive season

Date: 2014-11-04

Information regarding to the December 2014/January 2015 festive season in Table Mountain National Park.

Cape Point Nature Run - Closures

Date: 2014-11-04

The Cape Point Nature Run takes place this weekend (9 November 2014) inside the Cape of Good Hope. As a result there will be minor closures taking place at Cape Point to accommodate the race.

Carcass of a whale stranded in Knoetzie (Knysna)

Date: 2014-11-04

A carcass of a Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) washed up West of the Knoetzie River over the weekend. The team in the Knysna section of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) have since contacted the Oceans and Coast division (Department of Environmental Affairs) and also an independent specialist based in Cape Town.

Augrabies Falls National Park - Playground of the extremist

Date: 2014-11-04

Augrabies Falls National Park (AFNP) is once again home to the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon (KAEM) taking place from 1 November to 7 November 2014. The race, a grueling multi-stage running event that covers about 250 kilometers, is celebrating its 15th year of existence.

Media Release: Annual rate increase - Table Mountain National Park

Date: 2014-11-03

Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) announced their annual tariff increases which are required to keep up with the increased cost of managing the national park.  The annual rate increase took effect on Saturday, 1 November 2014. 

Treating the cause and not the symptom: Swartvlei

Date: 2014-10-31

Authorities (SANParks, Eden District Municipality, Knysna Municipality) and the Knysna Basin Project met to discuss the situation in Swartvlei following recent media reports. A unanimous decision undertaken is to find the sources of reported E.coli counts at the mouth of the estuary. ‘It is important to find the source of the problem and treat that’ according to SANParks. 

Media Release: 54 Rhino Poaching Suspects Arrested in KNP in October

Date: 2014-10-30

South African National Parks (SANParks) today announced the arrest of six suspected poachers and the fatal wounding of two others in two separate operations. In the first operation, Crocodile Bridge Rangers made contact with three suspected rhino poachers. In the ensuing pursuit, two were fatally wounded and the third managed to escape back into Mozambique. A hunting rifle, ammunition and other hunting equipment was recovered on the scene.

SANParks' slight increase in the GRNP's recreational activities

Date: 2014-10-28

The annual mountain biking permit of R190 per annum was introduced  in previous years as  an introductory tariff as mountain biking in the newly formed Garden Route National Park (GRNP) was still a fairly new concept. Mountain biking stakeholders were informed that it would be increased in due course. 

Balancing the conservation of nature with development

Date: 2014-10-28

The Swartvlei system is 35 kilometers from George and about 30 from the town of Knysna. It is unique in the country and the world in that it is also situated in an urban area. 

New Bird of Prey species identified in Southern Africa

Date: 2014-10-24

And the discovery prompts birders to review old photos and it is discovered that it was recorded and found in SANParks, in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in August 2001.

Media Release: SANCCOB & SANParks celebrate African penguins with festival and benefit auction

Date: 2014-10-24

23 October 2014 - On 11 October organisations around the world celebrated African Penguin Awareness Day, a day dedicated to raising worldwide awareness about the plight of the endangered African penguin.  SANCCOB (Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) and South African National Parks (SANParks) celebrated APAD with a unique penguin festival and a star-studded benefit auction in aid of their African penguin conservation projects. 

Media Release: DEA response to AfriForum petition

Date: 2014-10-24

23 October 2014 - The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) acknowledges the memorandum issued by AfriForum, received on 20 October 2014 on behalf of the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa.

Media Release: DEA congratulates Fundisile Mketeni on his appointment as SANParks CEO

Date: 2014-10-24

23 October 2014 - The Department of Environmental Affairs has congratulated Fundisile Mketeni on his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of South African National Parks (SANParks). 

40% discount to short notice bookings for selected Wilderness Trails in the KNP

Date: 2014-10-22

South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering a special 40% discount to new, short notice reservations for selected Wilderness Trails in the Kruger National Park. 


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