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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 Annual Cricket Tournament: Thanks and Congratulations

Date: 2007-03-06

On behalf of SANParks, congratulations and thank-you to everyone involved in the inaugral cricket weekend!! While the cricket weekend was an opportunity for inter-park co-operation, community outreach, as well as a platform to bring our online community together, there was also a fund raising objective. Just one week after the event the total amount of money needed to purchase and install the Nossob Webcam was met and exceeded, with money still coming in!

Understanding Landscape Ecology

Date: 2007-02-28

How to monitor the degradation of the landscape and vegetation has been a question intriguing ecologists over the years. Having an idea of the how functional and healthy the soil condition is, is vital in any management decision-making process.

Do Lions Prefer Buffalo for Dinner?

Date: 2007-02-28

Kruger National Park lions are in the spotlight again. This time, the question asked is what they prefer to eat. As part of a collaborative study between the Mammal Research Institute (MRI) of the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Pretoria and the University of California at Berkeley (USA), lions are being monitored in the Satara area, to see where they are going and if they choose to eat buffalo.

Media Release: Skukuza Loves Cricket

Date: 2007-02-19

With the ICC World Cup rapidly approaching, cricket fever has spread as far as Skukuza in the Kruger National Park (KNP) where a feast of cricketing action is planned for this coming weekend (February 22 – 24, 2007).

Weather Station Moves to Pretoriuskop

Date: 2007-02-19

Specialised help was needed to move an automatic weather station from is current position near Skukuza airport to its new home at Pretoriuskop.Richard Kenner and George James of SANAS (Inteltronics) undertook this daunting task of moving the nine metre tall tower and its precision instruments. Firstly all the instruments had to be carefully disconnected and removed, and then the steel tower dismantled piece by piece.

Media Release: KNP Rangers Get New Motorbikes

Date: 2007-02-14

The patrolling of the two million hectare Kruger National Park (KNP) became a bit easier today when the KNP’s Executive Director, Dr Bandile Mkhize accepted five brand new motorbikes from a generous Gauteng-based sponsor.

Valentine's Day Restaurant Special

Date: 2007-02-02

'All the world loves a lover' and Kruger National Park in no exception. All Kruger restaurants will be running Valentine's day specials, with a menu offering a range of special options suited to the day's theme...


Date: 2007-02-01

The beautiful Kruger landscape is home to an amazing array of fauna, flora, and, on occasion, cricketers! The cricket oval near Skukuza is surrounded by bushveld. The players? An assorted bunch of Scientists, Rangers, Field Guides and community members from Skukuza, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, and the SANParks online forums, who plan to come out in the summer sun to play cricket and raise funds for SANParks!

Media Release: SANParks Announces Successful KNP Restaurant Bidder

Date: 2007-02-01

South African National Park (SANParks) today awarded a multi-million rand contract for the provision of restaurant services at the world-famous Kruger National Park (KNP), to the Compass Group.

Media Release: TOTALGAZ Donates to Kruger

Date: 2007-01-30

The Executive Director of the Kruger National Park Dr Bandile Mkhize officially received a purpose-built gas delivery truck from TotalGaz Managing Director Mr Hugo De Meyer today (Tuesday January 30, 2007).

Satara Webcam Goes Public!

Date: 2007-01-18

The Satara webcam in the Kruger National Park is being opened to the public! This webcam overlooking the Satara waterhole has been a firm favorite with SANParks ‘virtual guests’ for the last year, as they’ve spent hours peering through this ‘window’ into the Kruger National Park, watching animals and birds come down to drink, bathe and graze.

December Sightings Data Updated

Date: 2007-01-17

The December CyberTracker sightings have been added to the site. These sightings are a subset of the daily ranger patrol information collected using the CyberTracker (CT) System...

Computers for Skukuza's Kids

Date: 2007-01-17

Modern technology has become important even in the heart of the African bush. GPS technology is being used to track and study animals, and computers plot the season's veld fires. The children of Skukuza primary need to be computer litterate to prepare them to function competently in modern society.

Is Duke a Dad again?

Date: 2007-01-17

There is no way of knowing the answer to the above question, but Duke has recently been photographed with a breeding herd, and is pictured here with a calf. It is impossible to know if this is Duke’s offspring as he could have just joined this herd for a while, however it's nice to think that he could have fathered another of what must be many calves.

Getting to know Tsendze

Date: 2007-01-16

At around the time of the opening of Kruger’s newest camp, Tsendze Rustic Campsite, a rather unusual challenge was encountered.SABC Afrikaans radio station RSG approached KNP Public Relations Department with an idea of broadcasting its current affairs programme – Monitor - live from Tsendze and what did we think of that?

SANParks wants to know what you think!

Date: 2007-01-05

As a new year begins, SANParks continues its strategy to improve the quality of the guest experience! To do this, it is important to get the feedback from our guests. To facilitate customer feedback, we will be requesting that guests complete the Customer Feedback Form...

Elephants on the Move

Date: 2007-01-05

On Thursday 7 December two vets, Dr Danny Govender and Dr Peter Buss from KNP Veterinary Wildlife Services and pilot Hennie de Waal, left Skukuza to fit collars to seven bull elephants. It was an early 4h30 start to fly to Shingwedzi to beat the heat, as there is a risk of an elephant suffering from heat stress if captured later in the day when the temperatures are high.

Media Release: Crocodile Bridge Open Again

Date: 2007-01-02

Crocodile Bridge Entrance Gate in the South of the Kruger National Park (KNP) was opened again for traffic today (Tuesday January 2, 2007) after it was closed for four days due to the rising of the Crocodile River.

Media Release: Gate Quotas Help Prevent KNP Overcrowding

Date: 2006-12-20

In order to prevent disappointment that visitors might have if they are turned away at the Kruger National Park’s 10 entrance gates, the KNP’s acting Executive Director Dr Freek Venter urged visitors be aware of gate quotas when planning their day visit.

Remember the Kruger Rules!

Date: 2006-12-13

KNP Rangers, Protection Services personnel and Traffic Officials of the Kruger National Park will be on high alert this Festive Season and will have a Zero Tolerance approach to anyone found breaking the rules...“We don’t mean to scare anyone away from enjoying their holiday in the Kruger, but we do get repeated requests from our law abiding guests that their holidays are spoiled by those who feel the rules don’t apply to them...

Media Release: Suspected Poacher Shot on KNP Boundary

Date: 2006-12-13

At least one suspected poacher was shot early this morning (Wednesday December 13, 2006) on the Eastern Boundary of the Kruger National Park...

Prominent Plant Conservationsit Visits Skukuza

Date: 2006-11-28

Prominent horticulturalist, author and indigenous plant expert, Geoff Nichols, was on hand in Skukuza to help various SANParks staff with general botanical issues. Based in Durban, KZN, Geoff is an expert consultant on various plant related topics ranging from vegetation assessment to site rehabilitation, with an indigenous nursery in Westville, KZN called Fig Tree Indigenous Nursery.

Media Release: Skukuza Bomas Relaunched After Upgrade

Date: 2006-11-28

The R1.5-million upgrade to the Skukuza Game Capture Bomas was officially recognised today (Tuesday November 28, 2006) by the Kruger National Park’s Executive Director, Dr Bandile Mkhize...

The Eye in the Sky

Date: 2006-11-28

By: Izak Smit (Research Manager: GIS & Remote Sensing)

A view from above might help answer questions on the ground. In order to manage Kruger National Park effectively and to understand how actions like artificial surface water provision, management fires and animal numbers influence the system, effective and well-designed monitoring programmes are crucial...

Wildlife College Students Rewarded at Graduation

Date: 2006-11-26

This year, the ladies showed the way at the Southern African Wildlife College graduation with Esther Sibanda from Zimbabwe the proud recipient of the best Certificate student prize and Belinda Haaketa from Zambia the best student in the Diploma class.

TOTAL wins KNP Award

Date: 2006-11-26

Total SA received a KNP Executive Director’s Special Merit Award for its continued support in the KNP over time. TOTAL South Africa General Manager for Retail, Craig Lourens, received the award on behalf of TOTAL at the annual Kruger Park Awards function held at Skukuza on Friday 17 November.

Kruger Magic

Date: 2006-11-23

What makes the world famous Kruger National Park special? The park’s media relations officer Raymond Travers tries to answer this question as he shows the different attractions that have made this “palette of Eden” the yearly quest of more than a million visitors per year.

The Global/Skukuza Club Championship 2007

Date: 2006-11-20

After the very successful Club Championships of 2006, the time has come to start planning for our next Championship Competition in 2007...

Media Release: KNP Achievement Awards

Date: 2006-11-20

For the eighth year in a row, the Kruger National Park (KNP) presented achievement awards to its top camps, gates, ranger stations, departments, regions and staff at the 2006 KNP Achievement Awards function in Skukuza tonight (Friday November 17, 2006).

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