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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.

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. 

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.

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: 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.

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: 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: 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 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. 

Travelling to Kruger next week? Have your say on our precious rhinos

Date: 2016-02-17

Dear visitor

Removal of the ATM facility at Letaba Rest Camp

Date: 2016-02-10

Please note that the FNB ATM facilty at Letaba Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park, has been removed as from today (10 February 2016), by the service provider.

SANParks Honorary Rangers invites you to a Sunset Serenade

Date: 2016-02-08

The Conservation Services Unit of the SANParks Honorary Rangers invites you to an extended weekend of music performed by a sextet of classical musicians at Mopani Rest Camp in Kruger National Park on 11 -15 May and 8 - 12 June 2016.

40% discount on online bookings for accommodation and camping at selected camps in the KNP

Date: 2016-01-19

South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering a special 40% discount to short notice online reservations for accommodation and camping at a selection of camps in the Kruger National Park

Media Release: Field Ranger succumbs to injuries after accidental shooting

Date: 2016-01-14

South African National Parks (SANParks) today announced the tragic passing away of a field ranger in the world famous Kruger National Park. Whilst on active anti-poaching patrol, the field ranger was accidentally shot by a colleague after they were charged by a lone buffalo bull at a very short distance in the Malelane section.

Media Release: Two Poaching Suspects Fatally Wounded Following Tourist Sighting

Date: 2016-01-14

A suspicious man wearing a black shirt armed with what looked like a heavy calibre hunting rifle was spotted by tourists walking in the Kruger National Park (KNP) on the 13th of January 2016, around the Napi section of the park.

Media Release: Safety measures for the use of swimming pools in the KNP

Date: 2015-12-18

Kruger National Park Management would like to inform the public about the new rules and conditions which have been put in place for the use of swimming pools inside the Park as from the 17th of December 2015. This is due to the fact that the Park does not have life savers on site to supervise swimmers and to be able to ensure the welfare of pool users, especially kids, at all times.

Media Release: Kruger National Park's efforts to streamline access for day visitors

Date: 2015-12-04

In an effort to enhance visitor access management and to avoid possible glitches this Festive Season, Kruger National Park (KNP) Management will be implementing a new system to streamline day visitor arrivals at the gates during busy periods.

Media Release: SANParks appoints Head of Ranger Services in the Kruger National Park

Date: 2015-11-03

The South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to announce the appointment of Xolani Nicholus Funda, as Chief Ranger; managing the whole anti-poaching operations in the Kruger National Park (KNP) effectively from 1 November 2015. Funda takes over from Major General Johan Jooste, who has since moved to SANParks’ head office and got a promotion on a strategic level position. 

Media Release: President Zuma Leads Anti-rhino Poaching Awareness Day in KNP

Date: 2015-11-02

President Jacob Zuma on Sunday, 1 November 2015, led an anti-rhino poaching awareness day in the Kruger National Park, and officially launched the Joint Operation Centre in Skukuza. 

Media Release: Pafuri Border Camp to open for tourists on 1 November

Date: 2015-10-30

The Kruger National Park (KNP) will open the latest addition to its accommodation portfolio called the Pafuri Border Camp, to tourists on Sunday, 1 November 2015. Situated in the Pafuri section of the Park (about 70km from Punda Maria Camp Gate), the bush lodge was converted from what used to be called The Employment Bureau of Africa Ltd (TEBA) Tourism Facility.

Media Release: 19 Elephants killed by poachers in the KNP

Date: 2015-10-23

Kruger National Park (KNP) has lately become a target for elephant poaching, with 19 elephants killed since January, and 12 of those in September and October 2015. 

Media Release: KNP to remove Sirheni Concrete Dam for ecological reasons

Date: 2015-10-14

The Kruger National Park (KNP) in conjunction with South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will demolish the dam wall at Sirheni, one of the bush camps in the northern part of the Park in the week of 19 – 23 October 2015. The dam was damaged beyond repair during the 2013 floods. Explosives will be used to demolish the dam wall, after which the remains will be removed as part of the rehabilitation process.

Media Release: Teen boy drowns at Letaba swimming pool

Date: 2015-10-13

Kruger National Park Management expressed its sincere condolences and sympathy to the next of kin of the teen boy who died at Letaba Rest Camp day visitors’ swimming pool on Thursday afternoon (October 8, 2015). The teen boy from Nkovani Village at Malamulele was in the Park on a church group tour.  

New book release: Kruger Self-Drive - Routes, Roads and Ratings

Date: 2015-10-09

HPH Publishing created a new book on Kruger National Park titled Kruger Self Drive - Routes, Roads and Ratings. The book is endorsed by SANParks and the foreword is by Glenn Phillips - Managing Executive of Kruger National Park.

Arbor Weekend at Skukuza Nursery

Date: 2015-09-18

Skukuza Indigenous Nursery in the Kruger National Park invites you to a unique Arbor Weekend event on Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th of September 2015. 

Media Release: Kruger National Park rangers receive quad vehicles for patrol

Date: 2015-09-14

The patrolling of the Kruger National Park (KNP)’s terrain keeps evolving as the Ranger Corps received 10 quad vehicles; as part of the ‘ground mobility’ capacity and support in the anti-poaching operations inside the Park today, 14 September 2015. Funding for six of the quad vehicles was made possible through the US based Howard G Buffet Foundation (HGBF).

Media Release: Visit KNP for free in celebration of SA National Parks Week

Date: 2015-09-08

The annual South Africa National Parks Week will take place on 14 – 18 September 2015; to once again afford South African day visitors free access into the Kruger National Park (KNP) and all other National Parks in the country.

Media Release: Churches ask for Spiritual Intervention in rhino poaching

Date: 2015-09-07

Kruger National Park (KNP) in partnership with various church denominations from the Park’s neighbouring communities assembled on Saturday, 05 September 2015 at Skukuza’s Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre to pray for the protection of rhino species and to condemn rhino poaching.

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