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Media Release: Historic Biodiversity Offset Agreement signed

08 October 2014

The Acting Director General of Environmental Affairs, Ms Judy Beaumont,  on behalf of the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), today signed a historic biodiversity offset agreement (BOA) for the Vele Colliery Colliery to the value of R55 million over the life of the mine.  The agreement was signed jointly with the Chairperson of the  South African National Parks (SANParks), Mr Kuseni Dlamini and CoAL of Africa Limited (CoAL) CEO, Mr David Brown. 

Kruger National Park arrests

08 October 2014

The South African National Parks (SANParks) announced the arrest of six suspected poachers in the world famous Kruger National Park on Tuesday, the 7th of October 2014.

Marine Week in the Garden Route National Park

07 October 2014

Did you know that a healthy ocean generates half of the oxygen we breathe? 
When visiting a blue flag beach this summer, the expectation is to find a clean, safe and environmentally friendly place. This is the case with beaches and Marinas granted Blue Flag status in and around the Garden Route National Park (GRNP). One is in Wilderness and the other in Nature's Valley and a Blue Flag Marina on Thesen Island in Knysna.

How to eat an elephant

02 October 2014

The Garden Route National Park (GRNP) is not losing the fight against invasive alien species, according to Biodiversity Social Programmes Cluster Manager for the GRNP, Walter Mzimba. Invasive alien species (AIS) are the Southern Cape’s biggest challenge to conservation, as they are a fire hazard and suck up chunks of water. 

Honorary Rangers to help furnish Historical Buildings in the Camdeboo National Park

01 October 2014

Thought to be about 160 years old, the Winterhoek house and adjacent wagon shed in the Camdeboo National Park are currently being restored to their original condition by the Rupert Historic Homes Foundation. While a number of proposals were put forward as an appropriate use for this site, it has been agreed to restore Winterhoek with a view to managing it in association with the SA College for Tourism, as an up-market visitor lodge. This option fulfills both the cultural heritage and tourism mandates of South African National Parks (SANParks).

Skukuza Safari Lodge Public Participation Opens

29 September 2014

South African National Parks (SANParks) today announced that the Public Participation process for the Skukuza Safari Lodge which is expected to open on 1 October 2014. SANParks invites all members of the public to participate in this process in the interest of transparency. 

Media Release: Portfolio committee on Environmental Affairs visits Kruger National Park

26 September 2014

The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs today concluded a three day fact finding visit to the Kruger National Park. During this visit, hosted by South African National Parks, the Committee inter alia visited the scene of a recently poached rhino in the south of the Park, and was also able to interact with members of the ranger corps who are in the forefront of the fight against rhino poaching.

Help us count Kruger's Cheetah and African Wild Dogs

25 September 2014

As part of our ongoing efforts to conserve two of our most threatened carnivores, the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and the South African National Parks (SANParks) Honorary Rangers are launching the 6th Wild Dog and  4th  Cheetah Photographic Survey on 24 September 2014 in the Kruger National Park. Through this photographic survey, both organisations are giving members of the public the opportunity to become carnivore researchers and stand a chance to win great prizes.  

Media Release: Free entrants more than triple in Frontier Region parks

22 September 2014

The number of people who visited the four South African National Parks in the Frontier Region (Addo Elephant, Camdeboo, Karoo and Mountain Zebra National Parks) during its free entry week more than doubled this year, compared to the same period last year.  The ninth annual South African National Parks Week was celebrated from 8 – 12 September, and afforded all South African citizens the opportunity to visit national parks free of charge for a day visit.

Media Release: Free entrants more than triple in Frontier Region parks

22 September 2014

The number of people who visited the four South African National Parks in the Frontier Region (Addo Elephant, Camdeboo, Karoo and Mountain Zebra National Parks) during its free entry week more than doubled this year, compared to the same period last year.  The ninth annual South African National Parks Week was celebrated from 8 – 12 September, and afforded all South African citizens the opportunity to visit national parks free of charge for a day visit.

Media Release: Free entrants more than triple in Frontier Region parks

22 September 2014

The number of people who visited the four South African National Parks in the Frontier Region (Addo Elephant, Camdeboo, Karoo and Mountain Zebra National Parks) during its free entry week more than doubled this year, compared to the same period last year.  The ninth annual South African National Parks Week was celebrated from 8 – 12 September, and afforded all South African citizens the opportunity to visit national parks free of charge for a day visit.

Media Release: Free entrants more than triple in Frontier Region parks

22 September 2014

The number of people who visited the four South African National Parks in the Frontier Region (Addo Elephant, Camdeboo, Karoo and Mountain Zebra National Parks) during its free entry week more than doubled this year, compared to the same period last year.  The ninth annual South African National Parks Week was celebrated from 8 – 12 September, and afforded all South African citizens the opportunity to visit national parks free of charge for a day visit.

Media Release: Success at 2014 SA National Parks Week

22 September 2014

The annual South African National Park Week hosted by South African National Parks (SANParks) was once again a success. This year’s event launched at Tsitsikamma in the Garden Route National Park on 8 September 2013 saw an increase of 85.9% resulting in a total number of 53 251 day visitors to various national parks during the focus week.

Media Release: Fires in Kruger National Park

18 September 2014

The Kruger National Park (KNP) is currently experiencing four fast moving fires since Friday, 12 September 2014 due to the hot weather conditions in the area. A run-away fire jumped over the border on Friday from Mozambique into the KNP; burning areas south of Olifants River, Houtboschrand, N’wanetsi until Tshokwane; however it is now under control. 

Media Release: SANParks welcomes Vietnamese delegation visiting Kruger National Park

11 September 2014

South African National Parks (SANParks) welcomes a group of Vietnamese celebrities, media and top business people visiting the Kruger National Park (KNP) over the next 3 days. This according to Reynold Thakhuli, Acting Head of Communications, who said the visit, facilitated by SANParks Honorary Rangers in partnership with the Rhinose Foundation, will contribute to efforts towards the reduction in demand for rhino horn by debunking myths relating to the perceived medicinal value of rhino horn, and by exposing lede personalities to the harsh realities of rhino poaching.

Media Release: SANParks hailed at People & Parks Conference

09 September 2014

Speaking at the 6th People & Parks Conference, Chairperson of the National People and Parks Programme, Lourence Mogakane, hailed South African National Parks (SANParks) for its proactive actions in establishing Park Forums in various national parks. 

Media Release: Free entry during SA National Parks week

04 September 2014

Karoo National Park will once again be opening its gates for locals to enjoy the Park at no cost during South African National Parks Week, this year scheduled from 8 to 12 September.  What’s more is that Park Management has agreed to allow the first 50 visitors free entry on both Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September, for those who may not be able to visit during the week.

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