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Media Release: Update on Karoo lion

Date: 2016-04-04

2 April 2016 - The Karoo National Park’s recaptured lion is back in the Park’s boma and doing well.  

Media Release: Revised EMP for Road Cycling And Mountain Biking in the TMNP Relased for Comment

Date: 2016-04-01

South African National Parks (SANParks) and the Table Mountain Mountain Bike (TMMTB) Forum have over the past few months been revising the current 2002 cycling Environmental Management Programme (EMP) for the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP). A draft of the revised EMP will be released for public comment on Monday, 4 April on the TMNP and TMMTB Forum websites while hardcopies of the report and maps will be available at various libraries throughout the Cape metropolitan area and selected TMNP offices.

Media Release: Escaped Karoo National Park Lion Recaptured

Date: 2016-03-31

The South African National Parks (SANParks) search team has successfully darted the escaped lion from Karoo National Park outside Beaufort West. A veterinarian is present at the scene with the re-captured lion at the moment. 

Media Release: Update on escaped lion search

Date: 2016-03-31

South African National Parks (SANParks) will be deploying another helicopter to assist in the search for the escaped lion near Karoo National Park. 

Media Release: Lion escapes from Karoo National Park

Date: 2016-03-30

South African National Parks (SANParks) wishes to reassure members of the public that measures are in place to safely capture the lion that escaped from the Karoo National Park earlier this week.

Wild Card services back online

Date: 2016-03-23

Please note that the Wild Card services are back online and available to the public.

Media Release: Phabeni Gate and low water bridge reopen for tourists

Date: 2016-03-22

The Kruger National Park (KNP)’s Phabeni Gate and the road portion between S1 and S3 (from the Gate to intersection which leads to Numbi Gate) reopened Friday, 18 March 2016 for tourists, after they were temporarily closed on 9 March due to the low water bridge which was damaged by heavy rains. 

Media Release: SANParks gives out schools facilities to learners

Date: 2016-03-22

The South African National Parks (SANParks) on Friday, 18 March 2016, officially handed-over a Science Laboratory worth R800 000 to Tlakulani High School at Mninginisi village near Giyani as part of its Corporate Social Investment (CSI) programme which focuses on community development in communities that are neighbouring the National Parks.

Update on certain road closures in the Kruger National Park, due to heavy rain

Date: 2016-03-17

Phabeni Gate and the S1 Road that leads from it, will reopen on Friday, 18 March 2016.

Invitation to a Public Lecture on the current drought in the KNP

Date: 2016-03-15

The Managing Executive of Kruger National Park, Mr Glenn Phillips kindly invites you to a special lecture to be delivered by Mr Danie Pienaar, Senior GM: Science and Research at SANParks. 

SANParks Annual Photo Competition 2016 launches 1st of April!

Date: 2016-03-15

It is that time of the year where all nature-lovers around the world are invited to submit their exquisite photos in our Annual Photographic Competition 2016 which is open for submissions from 1 April - 30 June 2016. 

Media Release: Syndicates in the Mapungubwe National Park sentenced on rhino killing

Date: 2016-03-14

Pretoria - In a case involving a rhino poaching syndicate of six persons including the shooter, his helpers, transporters and the seller of the horns in Mozambique, Magistrate Mike Coetzee handed down a 15 year imprisonment sentence to five of the six rhino poaching syndicate, while the sixth one received an effective 10 year sentence in the Louis Trichardt Magistrate Court in Limpopo on Friday, 11 March 2016. 

Update on temporary road closures in the Kruger National Park, due to heavy rain

Date: 2016-03-14

An update of the temporary closure of certain roads in the Kruger National Park, due to the heavy rain experienced in the past week.

The March 2016 SANParks Times is available

Date: 2016-03-11

The March 2016 edition of the SANParks Times is available! CEO Fundisile Mketeni speaks about the Tsitsikamma MPA, we tackle the drought in Kruger and follow-up on the Cape fires. Poaching stats, fungi, eelgrass, trail running, big trees and tiny alien insects are only some of the other topics you will find on the pages. 

Media Release: UK tourists involved in an accident in the KNP

Date: 2016-03-11

A bakkie with three tourists from the United Kingdom i.e. male and two females collided head on with another which had four local occupants in the Kruger National Park (KNP) yesterday, 10 March 2016 at about 10:00 on the S60 gravel road; about 3.8km away from Punda Maria Camp. The two drivers and all passengers on both vehicles sustained injuries and were rushed to the nearest medical facility outside Punda Maria. 

Media Release: SANParks donates another State of the art Science laboratory to a school in Thabazimbi

Date: 2016-03-11

Limpopo - On Thursday 10 March 2016, South African National Parks (SANParks) joined by the Department of Education in Limpopo celebrated the handover of a new state of the art science laboratory to Groenvlei Secondary School in Thabazimbi. 

Knysna Elephant spotted by SANParks ranger and Cape Pine / MTO field workers

Date: 2016-03-10

A SANParks ranger, Siviwe Nondobo was out collecting dung boli measurements for our scientists working on terrestrial mammals including the Knysna elephant, Lizette Moolman van der Vyver. On his way there, he first saw a caracal and then later Oupoot herself. Yesterday, field workers from MTO saw the elephant and took pictures of her. 

Media Release: Update on the KNP road closures

Date: 2016-03-10

Following the substantial rain which fell on 8 March over most of the southern part and catchment area of the Park; the situation at the moment is that water has subsided, with Sabie and Sand River low water bridges which were overflowing now open (on road H1-2 between H4/1 - H12). Flights in and out of the Skukuza Airport are also operational as normal.

Operating hours of SANParks Central Reservations during the upcoming public holidays

Date: 2016-03-10

Please take note of the operating hours of the South African National Parks (SANParks) Central Reservations during the upcoming public holidays.

SANParks Reservations and Wild Card call centres back online

Date: 2016-03-10

Please note that the SANParks Reservations and Wild Card call centres are now back online and the public can once again make use of them. 

SANParks requests all suppliers to register on the Central Supplier Database

Date: 2016-03-10

SANParks hereby requests all existing and new suppliers who are interested in conducting business with SANParks to register on the National Treasury Central Supplier Database (CSD) by visiting .

Media Release: KNP Drought to Floods, roads closed

Date: 2016-03-09

Most of the Southern part of the Kruger National Park (KNP) and the catchment areas received some good rain overnight; resulting in some of the low water bridges overflowing and closed for traffic today, 9 March 2016. 

Temporary closure of certain roads in the Kruger National Park, due to heavy rain

Date: 2016-03-09

Please note that the following roads are temporarily closed due to heavy rains experienced in the Park this morning, 9 March 2016.

Media Release: Table Mountain National Park in shock

Date: 2016-03-08

Table Mountain National Park is in shock today because of the reported senseless murder of a 15-year old female in the lower Tokai section of the Park late Monday, 7 March 2016 afternoon. 

SANParks website offline for scheduled maintenance - tonight, 8 March 2016

Date: 2016-03-08

Please note that the website will be offline tonight, 8 March 2016, from 19:00 - 06:00, due to scheduled maintenance. The purpose of the maintenance is to perform infrastructure upgrades. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Media Release: Prescribed burning in the Table Mountain National Park due to take place in coming weeks

Date: 2016-03-07

Table Mountain National Park is in the process of obtaining a burning permit to conduct a number of biodiversity burns in various sections of the Park. These prescribed burns will take place between March and April 2016 under favourable weather conditions i.e. temperatures under 25°C with moderate winds of less than 20km/hr and 2-3 days after light rain has fallen. 

Tusker Awards, Arid Region Finalists

Date: 2016-03-07

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park has been nominated as one of Africa’s ultimate safari destinations and Nossob Rest Camp as one of South Africa’s Ultimate Park Camps which is hugely prestigious.

Media Release: World Wetlands Day Celebrations

Date: 2016-03-07

World Wetlands Day was celebrated in February. Conservationists define wetlands as the most productive ecosystems, supporting enormous quantities of unique plants. In South Africa water is considered to be a scarce resource and much of it is polluted. Wetlands help to protect our water supply and are of national importance. They have many essential, life-supporting values. 

Media Release: Ranger shot and wounded by poachers in the KNP

Date: 2016-03-07

South African National Parks (SANParks) announced today, 7 March 2016 that a Ranger was shot and wounded during a contact with suspected armed poachers in the Kruger National Park (KNP) yesterday, 6 March 2016.

Media Release: Record entries for the 2016 Marakele marathon

Date: 2016-03-07

Professional and fun runners were in high spirits at the 2016 Marakele marathon which took place on Saturday 27th February 2016.  A record number of 727 people registered for the marathon which is in its 7th year and serves as a qualifier to the world renowned comrades’ marathon.

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