South African National Parks (SANParks) Environmental Crime Investigators (ECI) in partnership with the South African Police Services Special Organised Crime arrested four suspected rhino poachers following poaching of a white rhino on 23 July 2014 in Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site outside Musina, Limpopo.
Over 1, 500 people last year responded to the call to visit the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) for free. This year, SANParks invites all members of the public to visit various sections of the picturesque Garden Route National Park(GRNP) during SA National Parks Week (8 – 12 September 2014). The nine-year old campaign held every September encourages all members of the public, young and old to visit National Parks.
Namaqua National Park Flower Report as on 12 August 2014. South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to update guests about the flowers in Namaqua National Park this season.
At the Rhino Conservation Awards 2014, held recently at Montecasino in Johannesburg, the SANParks Honorary Rangers were presented with a rhino conservation award. This important event also coincided with the celebration of World Ranger Day.
Media Release: Environmental Affairs Minister leads implementation of integrated strategic management of rhinos in SA
The South African Government will implement integrated strategic management of rhinoceros in South Africa.
11 August 2014 - Conservation staff at Addo Elephant National Park have discovered the carcasses of 21 jackals and one crow in the main game viewing area of the park, following reports from tourists early this morning.
11 August 2014 - South African National Parks (SANParks) today announced a successful operations deployment during the full moon this weekend against rhino poachers in the Kruger National Park (KNP).
The Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) won two of the region’s most coveted awards at a ceremony held on Friday, 8 August 2014 at the Wilderness Hotel. The Park won the Camp of the Year and the Best Performing Division of the Year.
Namaqua National Park Flower Report as on 31 July 2014. South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to update guests about the flowers in Namaqua National Park this season.
Camdeboo National Park and its current Park Forum members are calling all interested stakeholders to join them at their next meeting on Thursday 21 August.
The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa has announced that South Africa has completed the ratification process of the Benguela Current Convention (BCC).
The AFB Southern Cross Trail Run takes place in one of South Africa’s hotspots for holiday destinations and serene outdoor vistas. Where towering mountains and thick indigenous forest meet azure blue oceans teaming with sea life and rolling breakers. This is the Garden Route of South Africa and surely one of the premium locations for this trail running extravaganza.
Rangers from Marakele National Park left their posts for a while and gathered at the Park’s sports grounds on Thursday, 31 July 2014 to commemorate World Rangers Day. This is a yearly event which aims to honour those rangers who lost their lives in the line of duty and acknowledge the brave, tireless and critical role of the park rangers around the world in protecting the world’s natural systems and endangered species.
4 August 2014 - The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has published the amended regulations on Alien and Invasive Species (AIS) in terms of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act on Friday, 1 August 2014.
Media Release: Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Barbara Thomson, Unveils Ranger Monument at Kruger National Park
The Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Barbara Thomson, officially unveiled the Ranger Monument at the Kruger Gate in the Kruger National Park (KNP) on 31 July 2014, as part of the World Ranger Day celebration.
Rangers from the four national parks in the Frontier region converged at Addo Elephant National Park today to commemorate World Ranger Day.
As rangers gather around the globe to commemorate International Rangers Day, their counterparts who work in the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) want to spend the day rekindling their love for nature. ‘It is nature that underpins tourism in the Park’ says Regional coordinator for the campaign, Owen Govender, who is also the Senior Section Ranger for the Knysna section of the Park.
A single day is never enough to celebrate the commitment and dedication of those people who put their lives at risk to look after our children’s heritage. In the ongoing fight to preserve our natural heritage, World Ranger Day is just such a day. This day is observed across the world on the 31st of July and it is a chance to celebrate the work of our rangers and also to remember those who have lost their lives in protecting our national parks.
One of SANParks' peers in the conservation arena, Birdlife SA, through their Western Cape Birding initiative, is running another bird identification and conservation course in the Greater Pretoria region on the 25th and 26th of September 2014.
The Wilderness section of the Garden Route National Park has officially changed the old booking system to an allocation system for camp sites for the Park. This is ahead of the upcoming Spring and Summer seasons which are popular in the Park. Guests and clients to the Park will be granted a site as per their reservation, but will be afforded an opportunity to choose their own site in the particular category on the day of arrival.
Addo Elephant National Park (AENP), the custodians of the Bird Island Marine Protected Area (MPA) off Algoa Bay, celebrated the tenth anniversary since the proclamation of the area, recently.
Experience the thrill of running wild! Tackle the 76km or 44km Trail Run through the vast Addo Elephant National Park (75km from Port Elizabeth) and experience the remoteness of the Eastern Cape’s bushveld.
Enjoy a unique birding experience that only Punda Maria has to offer this November. The SANParks Honorary Rangers of the West Rand region will be hosting the successful Punda Mania Birding Event once again, from 13 to 16 November 2014.
South African National Parks (SANParks) today announced that a fresh rhino bull carcass, with its horns removed, was discovered yesterday in the Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site near Musina in Limpopo Province. The crime scene is currently being investigated by a South African Police Services forensics team together with SANParks Environmental Crime Investigators.
Ladies and gentlemen of the media thank you kindly for honouring our invitation and also showing interest in the affairs of South African National Parks. This meeting aims to put in context important aspects of SANParks affairs and please take note that this is based on facts.
South African National Parks (SANParks) today, 22 July 2014, welcomed the heavy sentencing of a rhino poacher to a total of 77 years in prison for rhino poaching and related offences. He was sentenced in the Nelspruit Magistrates Court today.
South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering a special 33% discount to short notice online reservations for accommodation and camping at three National Parks in the Western Cape.
In celebration of Mandela Day and the legacy of the world icon, Nelson Mandela, South African National Parks (SANParks) employees visited the Children’s ward at Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria, on 18 July 2014.
South African National Parks often partners with universities and other research institutions to help us investigate the changing trends, habits and wishes of our tourism clientele. This latest survey is aimed specifically at park visitors with disabilities, particularly people with physical, visual and hearing impairments.
The South African National Parks (SANParks) announced today that the holiday bookings in various national parks under its management for the June 2015 to July 2015 period will open on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 from 07h30 for the call centres and email bookings. Online bookings will open on 23 July 2014.
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