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Arid Cultural Event and exhibitions

21 September 2016

This year the Arid Cultural Event, was nothing sort of pure cultural grandeur. The Arid region, which includes Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Augrabies Falls National Park, Namaqua National Park, |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park and Mokala National Park has for the last seven years held this flagship regional event in partnership with the Dept. of Economic Development and Tourism of the Northern Cape Province (DEDAT). The department has proven to be a worthy partner over and over again. 

Media Release: World Ranger Day celebrated in the Arid Region

08 August 2016

World Ranger Day is organised by the International Ranger Federation and was first held in 2007. Around the globe, rangers are on the front line in the fight to protect our natural heritage. World Ranger Day, celebrated on 31 July, offers a chance to support their vital work, which ranges from environmental campaigning to education. 

Tusker Awards, Arid Region Finalists

07 March 2016

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: SANParks Raises Awareness on World Pangolin Day

19 February 2016

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. 

Media Release: SANParks Arid Region honors achievers at awards night

27 July 2015

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.

2013 SANParks Arid Cultural Event

17 July 2013

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.

Media Release: SANParks and Griqua Cricket bat for the community

28 February 2013

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. 

Impact of Eland on water resources within the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

24 October 2012

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. 


Rain comes to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

24 February 2009

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.

Scientific Services in the Kalahari

10 March 2008

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!

20 December 2007

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

14 December 2007

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

22 October 2007

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.

Branding Survey: Complete and Win!!

15 August 2007

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

12 July 2007

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

03 July 2007

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”

03 July 2007

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

08 March 2007

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

07 March 2007

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

09 November 2006

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

26 October 2006

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...

17 October 2006

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

16 October 2006

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.

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