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Media Release: SANParks Arid Region honors achievers at awards night

Date: 2015-07-27

24/07/2015 - The awards ceremony is held annually to celebrate the outstanding achievements of staff in the five Arid Parks, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Augrabies Falls National Park, Mokala National Park, Namaqua National Park and |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park.

New Bird of Prey species identified in Southern Africa

Date: 2014-10-24

And the discovery prompts birders to review old photos and it is discovered that it was recorded and found in SANParks, in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in August 2001.

2013 SANParks Arid Cultural Event

Date: 2013-07-17

South African National Parks (SANParks) initiated SA National Parks Week in 2006. This week (9 -13 September 2013) focuses on free access for South Africans into almost all of the South African National Parks. The Arid region which includes Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Augrabies Falls National Park, Namaqua National Park, |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park and the Mokala National Park has for the last three years held a flagship regional event, the Arid Cultural Event in partnership with the Dept. of Economic Development and Tourism of the Northern Cape Province (DEDAT), at one of the parks to commemorate this week with its communities. This year the event will be celebrated at the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park with the focus on cultural heritage, on Wednesday, 18 September 2013.

Special offer on bookings at !Xaus Lodge in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park!

Date: 2013-05-21

A special offer of 40% discount on bookings made for !Xaus Lodge in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is now available via the SANParks online bookings facility.

Media Release: SANParks and Griqua Cricket bat for the community

Date: 2013-02-28

The South African National Parks (SANParks) hosted a two day cricket clinic at Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, run by Griqua Cricket, on 26 and 27 February 2013. The clinic was attended by 20 children from the local community and representatives from SANParks. 

Positive People and Conservation Projects in the SANParks Arid Region

Date: 2012-12-21

We take a look at various People and Conservation projects hosted in the South African National Parks (SANParks) - Arid Region.

Impact of Eland on water resources within the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Date: 2012-10-24

During June 2012, large herds of Eland started migrating out of Botswana into the South African side of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP). This movement is a natural phenomenon that takes place every few years, but nobody can forecast when the next movement will take place, unlike the well-known migrations that annually take place between the Serengeti NP and Masai Mara Game Reserve in east Africa. 


Media Release: Revamped Mata-Mata Rest Camp in KTP officially opened

Date: 2010-04-30

The Mata-Mata Rest Camp in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP) was officially re-opened yesterday (Thursday, 29 April 2010) after an upgrade of the facilities.

Media Release: Fire in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Date: 2009-09-25

On 17 September 2009, the field guide at Grootkolk reported a fire in the northern part of the park after heavy thunderstorms and dramatic lightning had occurred that night.

Rain comes to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Date: 2009-02-24

After a prolonged period of unusually high humidity levels, relief finally came with a heavy thunderstorm in the early hours of Sunday, 22 February 2009, when the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park received very good rainfall in the southern part of the park.

Road closure for tourists travelling to Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Date: 2008-11-05

The road from Samevloeing to Rooiputs towards the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park will be closed for tourist traffic from January 2009 until August 2009 due to construction.

Scientific Services in the Kalahari

Date: 2008-03-10

How do you monitor changes in the environment in a place as vast as the Kalahari? This was on the minds of staff from SANParks Scientific Services as they travelled the long road from Skukuza in the Kruger National Park to Twee Rivieren in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park Needs Your Help!

Date: 2007-12-20

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park - a spectacular desert landscape dominated by red dunes and scrublands that support herds of gemsbok, springbok, eland, blue wildebeest, huge black-mane lions, leopards and raptors - needs your help!

Nossob Webcam Goes Live

Date: 2007-12-14

The desert wakens with the morning sun, still and silent. You watch as a cautious Gemsbok moves towards the Nossob waterhole, and the sky turns from silver to blue…Then you turn to your e-mails, ignore the roar of traffic outside your window, and the daily grind begins - with periodic breaks of course to check in on the waterhole via SANParks latest webcam, positioned at Nossob in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

Two New Border Crossings for the Northern Cape

Date: 2007-10-22

The Northern Cape has two brand-new border posts, both in National Parks, linking South Africa and Namibia. This will be of great benefit to these more isolated areas of the province and will make the attractions of the wide-open spaces that the eco-tourist seeks, more accessible.

Media Statement: Opening of the Mata Mata Tourist Access Facility

Date: 2007-10-11

Presidents Thabo Mbeki of South Africa, Festus Mogae of Botswana and Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia will officially open the Mata Mata Tourist Access Facility (Port of entry) between South Africa and Namibia on 12 October 2007...

Branding Survey: Complete and Win!!

Date: 2007-08-15

Complete this SANParks branding questionnaire by the 17 August 2007 and stand a chance to win a 2-night midweek break for 2 (two) adults and 2 (two) children in one of the South African National Parks.

!Xaus Lodge Opens

Date: 2007-07-12

Opening in July 2007 !Xaus Lodge, owned by the Khomani San and Mier communities, is the first fully catered luxury lodge to be located in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. This 3,9 million hectare transfrontier park transcends the border between the Northern Cape Province of South Africa and Botswana and is one of the last pristine conservation areas on earth. The vision behind its creation which was facilitated by the Peace Parks Foundation has ensured, in perpetuity, a natural animal migration route to the north-east and an environment in which man and animal can peacefully co-exist.

Python Found in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Date: 2007-07-03

A very scarce reptile was recently found near the Auob riverbed in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, just north of the Munro waterhole. The snake, a python, was located on a calcrete ridge in view of the road where it was clearly visible in the morning sun.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park takes an “Earth Hour”

Date: 2007-07-03

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park celebrated Earth Day 2007 with an “Earth Hour”. An Earth Hour is one hour of an evening where everyone in a community turns off all electricity including all electrical equipment. In this one hour we can reduce our energy consumption and, thereby, our carbon emissions substantially.

Kruger Help for Kalahari African Wild Cats

Date: 2007-03-08

Since 2003 Marna Herbst, a PhD student from the Mammal Research Institute (MRI) of the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Pretoria, has been learning more about the private lives of Kalahari African Wildcats.

Nominations for the 2007 Kudu Awards Begin

Date: 2007-03-07

If you know of individuals or organisations who are making a significant contribution to conservation in South Africa, please read more about the SANParks Kudu Awards, download the Award Categories and fill in a nomination form...

SANParks Goes Dutch

Date: 2006-11-09

It was a cold day in Utrecht, and a small group of strangers met at the at Utrecht Central Station. They had traveled from various locations in the Netherlands, Germany and the UK. The occasion? The first ever SANParks Forum "Euro Meet". So how did a group of people who had never met each other before end up together in Utrecht? And where does SANParks fit in?

Bowling Overs in the Kgalagadi

Date: 2006-10-26

The starkly beautiful Kgalagadi landscape is home to an amazing array of fauna, flora, and, on occasion, cricketers! The field is a dry and dusty patch of open ground just outside of the Kgalagadi Transfronier Park. The players? An assorted bunch of Scientists, Rangers, Field Guides and community members who have come out in the Kalahari midday sun to play cricket...

Kgalagadi Wilderness Experience...

Date: 2006-10-17

Where the red dunes and scrub fade into infinity and herds of gemsbok, springbok, eland and blue wildebeest follow the seasons, where imposing camel thorns provide shade for huge black-maned lions, and vantage points for leopard and raptors...Welcome to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park Wilderness Experience...

Solar Systems and Windmills in the KTP

Date: 2006-10-16

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP) has long been associated with the tall windmills at each waterhole in the park. However, over the past few years, some of these windmills have been replaced by unobtrusive solar systems, making good use of the abundant sun energy that is so freely available in the Kalahari and reducing the manpower needed for the heavy maintenance of the windmills.

Raptors And Reservoirs

Date: 2006-10-16

by: Mark D. Anderson (Department Of Tourism, Environment & Conservation Northern Cape)

Raptors often fall into farm reservoirs and drown. A bird of prey with waterlogged feathers has little chance of getting out, especially if the dam is not full, since the sheer walls offer no purchase for it to scramble up...

75 Years of Conservation in the Kalahari

Date: 2006-09-22

This week South African National Parks (SANParks) celebrates the 75th anniversary of the old Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, which now forms part of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park with Botswana...

KTP Entrance Road Update

Date: 2006-08-14

The upgrading of the 60 km gravel road from Andriesvale to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park ,which is part of the Expanded Public Works Program, is progressing well. Three and a half kilometers has been tarred so far and it is envisaged that ten kilometers will be completed by the end of August 2006.

Traveller's Tale: Good Things come in Small Packages

Date: 2006-08-03

Travelling through KTP is about taking your time and looking thoughtfully at the surroundings, for the small animals as well as the large ones, and last but not least taking in the beautiful landscape that always looks so different with the days changing light...

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