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Full moon success for Kruger rangers and the SANDF

12 August 2014

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). 

Media Release: Tsitsikamma wins the most coveted regional awards

11 August 2014

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. 

Trail buffet

05 August 2014

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. 

Marakele National Park commemorates World Rangers Day

05 August 2014

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.

Committed to conservation

31 July 2014

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.

Media Release: Supporting our rangers who protect our rhino

31 July 2014

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.

Birders identification and conservation course - Pretoria region

31 July 2014

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.

Media Release: Wilderness section of the GRNP changes booking system to allocation method

28 July 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. 

Media Release: Addo Elephant Trail Run 2015

25 July 2014

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. 

Bookings open for Punda Mania Team Birding Event 2014

25 July 2014

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.

Media Release: Rhino carcass discovered in Mapungubwe National Park

24 July 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.

Address by SANParks Chairperson, Mr Kuseni Dlamini to the media

23 July 2014

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.

Media Release: SANParks honours Madiba legacy

21 July 2014

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. 

SANParks invites participation in tourism research for people with disabilities

17 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.

Media Release: SANParks opens bookings for 2015 winter holidays

17 July 2014

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. 

Media Release: SANParks and Unitrans Unite Against Poaching

16 July 2014

Unitrans Volkswagen re-affirmed its commitment in the fight against rhino poaching with the signing of a new sponsorship agreement with the South African National Parks (SANParks) Honorary Rangers at SANParks Head Office in Pretoria today. 

Media Release: Rhino Poaching update

10 July 2014

The number of rhino poached since the beginning of 2014 has increased to 558, with 157 people being arrested for rhino poaching. 

Media Release: SANParks applauds court sentence

09 July 2014

South African Nationals Parks (SANParks) today welcomed the sentencing of two Mozambican Nationals to 16 years in prison for poaching and related offences. They were sentenced in the Nelspruit Magistrates Court.

Media Release: SA National Parks Week dates announced

07 July 2014

South African National Parks (SANParks) will be launching its 9th annual SA National Parks Week at Tsitsikamma in the Garden Route National Park from 8 to 12 September 2014. This is in line with its vision statement of ‘Connecting to Society’.

Hope Spot comes to Knysna

07 July 2014

Partners in Knysna (SANParks, the Eden District Municipality, Knysna Municipality, Cape Nature, Knysna Basin Project, Biowise, Lakes Bird Club) are pulling efforts and resources to put Knysna on the map as the next Hope Spot.  

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