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Media Release: The 2014 Kudu Awards call for nominations

04 July 2014

South African National Parks (SANParks)  is once again calling for the 2014 annual Kudu Awards nominations. In its 10th year of celebration, the Kudu Awards is SANParks’ way of honouring and celebrating those people who eat, sleep and breath conservation. 

Media Release: Water in Knysna estuary meets set criteria

02 July 2014

The recreational site allocated for swimming and other related sporting activities during the upcoming Knysna Oyster Festival meets set standards.  This was confirmed by at least seven samples collected from the deep water channel at the turn of the tide last week. 

Media Release: Youth gather at Marakele National Park for Environmental Education

30 June 2014

South African National Parks (SANParks) hosted its Environmental Education weekend for the youth at Marakele National Park. The weekend camp was attended by a total of 60 learners from Gauteng and is part of SANParks’ Kudu Green School Initiative (KGSI), an environmental programme which started in 2010 that is targeted at the urban school-going children.

Response to letter in the Knysna Plett-Herald

26 June 2014

Subsequent to the letter published in the Knysna-Plett Herald (dated 26 June 2014) citing incorrect facts, SANParks would like to assure citizens that none of its employees who were provided with houses are facing evictions.  

Rich, diverse sea wildlife

26 June 2014

There are at least three places where sea wildlife can be spotted in the Garden Route National Park (GRNP).  Dolphins and whales are often seen diving in and out of the water from the Storms River Rest Camp which overlooks the Tsitsikamma Marine Protected Area (MPA), Kranshoek (Knysna forest, also part of the Park) and the Heads in Knysna (part of the protected Lakes Area).

Media Release: Permits for operators using KNP border gates

24 June 2014

All business operators who travel through the Kruger National Park (KNP)’s border gates i.e. Giriyondo and Pafuri, transporting passengers to and from Mozambique, will be required to produce valid passenger transport permits as from 1 August 2014. These are meant for communities residing in the Limpopo National Park (LNP) in Mozambique, who work in South Africa and often make use of the two border gates going home. 

Media Release: KNP gate quotas set for the school holidays

24 June 2014

Day Visitors to the Kruger National Park (KNP) are requested to take note of gate quotas when planning their visit, as these will strictly be enforced during the coming school holidays which start on Saturday, 28 June until Sunday, 20 July 2014. 

Bookings open for Sasol/Addo Birding Weekend

20 June 2014

Avid birders should not delay in making their bookings for the Sasol Addo Birding Weekend which will be held in Addo Elephant National Park from 31 October – 2 November 2014.

Media Release: Misleading placards in the Kruger National Park

18 June 2014

SANParks would like to warn people placing posters, flyers and notices containing incorrect rhino poaching information at look-out points, rocks and trees in the Kruger National Park (KNP); to refrain from such tendency. Placing such placards on undesignated areas, without permission is not allowed in a National Park and also misinforms tourists.

Winter school fun at Mountain Zebra National Park

18 June 2014

Younger day visitors and overnight guests alike can enjoy a two week long holiday programme of fun learning at Mountain Zebra National Park outside Cradock, from Sunday, 29 June to Friday, 11 July 2014.

The relative importance of iconic animals in selected SANParks

13 June 2014

You are invited to participate in an academic research study and official SANPakrs project which aims to determine the relative importance of the presence of iconic animals (elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo, lion, leopard, wild dogs, cheetah, giraffe, hippo) in selected SANParks and the influence they have on visitor numbers, types of visitors and their willingness to pay.

SANParks driver cautioned

11 June 2014

In light of the uproar with regards to the recent YouTube video showing a South African National Parks (SANParks) vehicle forcing an elephant and a calf off the road, a full investigation was concluded, which included the studying of the footage, information from the witnesses as well as the account from the driver.  

Hello little cheetah cubs!

09 June 2014

Mountain Zebra National Park's seven cheetah cubs are a few months old now and they’re all doing well.

Media Release: SANParks raises its voice on World Environment Day

05 June 2014

People across the globe are celebrating the World Environment Day (WED) today, 5 June 2014, under the theme "International Year of Small Islands Developing States (SIDS)”. The slogan this year is "Raise your voices, not the sea levels" and that is exactly what South African National Parks (SANParks) is doing across the country.

30% discount at Golden Gate Highlands National Park

30 May 2014

South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering a special 30% discount on bookings, made online, for accommodation and camping at Golden Gate Hotel & Chalets, Glen Reenen Rest Camp and Basotho Cultural Village in Golden Gate Highlands National Park. 

Media Release: Seven year old reaches goal of R 100 000 to save the rhinos

28 May 2014

SANParks Rhino Champion Alyssa Carter, aged seven, handed over a cheque of R100 000 to the SANParks Honorary Rangers. Last year Alyssa was the winner of the Corporate Contribution to Conservation Award (Individual) at the SANParks Kudu awards. These awards were in recognition of her efforts to raise money to save South Africa’s rhinos. 

Media Release: SANParks congratulates Minister Molewa

27 May 2014

South African National Parks (SANParks), Board Chairman, Mr. Kuseni Dlamini has on behalf of SANParks Board of Directors, Executive Management and the entire staff expressed his heartfelt congratulations to the newly appointed minister of environmental affairs, Honorable Edna Molewa. “As the SANParks family we see the re-appointment of the Minister Molewa as a well-deserved moment of recognition for past achievements and future goals.”

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