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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.

Media Release: Elephant and other wildlife poisoned by poachers in the KNP

Date: 2016-03-02

Kruger National Park (KNP) discovered an elephant carcass, 110 dead white back vultures, two male lions and two black back jackals killed by wildlife poisoning on Saturday, 27 February 2016. The elephant carcass was found with gun shots to its head, its tusks were removed and poison was laced on it. Scavengers in the vicinity of the elephant carcass were poisoned from feeding the exposed areas of the carcass.

Media Release: SANParks day visitor pre-booking available online

Date: 2016-03-02

South African National Parks (SANParks) has included a new feature in its online bookings portal - pre-booking for day visitors to the Kruger National Park (only). 

Media Release: SANParks Head Elected onto United Nations Conservation Body

Date: 2016-02-29

The Chief Executive Officer of South African National Parks (SANParks), Fundisile Mketeni, has been elected to serve a second term as a Bureau member, representing African countries, of the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Media Release: Google Maps now available on SANParks Website

Date: 2016-02-25

South African National Parks (SANParks) has integrated Google maps into the SANParks website in an effort to further enhance online visitors experience and to simplify travel to and from and within the SANParks stable.  

Media Release: It's all systems go for the 2016 Marakele Marathon

Date: 2016-02-23

It's all systems go for the annual Marakele Marathon which kick-starts this coming Saturday (27 February 2016) at Marakele National Park, just outside Thabazimbi.

SANParks Honorary Rangers presents Mountain Bike Classic in Mokala National Park

Date: 2016-02-23

SANParks Honorary Rangers Diamantveld Region invites you to a Mountain Bike Classic in Mokala National Park on 3 - 5 June 2016.

Media Release: Lasher Tools hand over a cheque for anti-poaching

Date: 2016-02-22

South African National Parks (SANParks) and SANParks Honorary Rangers (HR’s), today (Monday, 22 February 2016), received a cheque from Lasher Tools for R 332 158.00 from the sales of the Big Five tools for anti–poaching activities. The handover took place at SANParks Head office in Pretoria. 

Media Release: SANParks Raises Awareness on World Pangolin Day

Date: 2016-02-19

South African National Park (SANParks) is observing the fifth annual World Pangolin Day on Saturday 20 February. Pangolins, often called “scaly anteaters” are increasingly threatened in Africa and South Africa. From illegal trade and habitat loss to accidental death on electric fences, all eight Pangolin species worldwide are listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species as Vulnerable to Critically Endangered. The only South African species, Ground Pangolins (Smutsia temminckii), have been found in Kruger National Park (KNP), Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Mapungubwe National Park and Marakele National Park. 

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