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Media Release: SANParks CEO congratulates rangers on arrests of suspected poachers in KNP

Date: 2015-04-28

There has been a rise in the number of arrests of suspected poachers in the Kruger National Park (KNP) since the beginning of April of this year. Since the beginning of this month there have been 22 arrests for suspected poaching activities inside the KNP. This brings to 56 the total number of arrests in the Park since the start of 2015.

30% discount on specific accommodation at Shingwedzi Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park

Date: 2015-04-24

South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering a special 30% discount to short notice online reservations for specific accommodation at Shingwedzi Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park

Media Release: Gate Quotas in force during the Easter Weekend

Date: 2015-03-30

Day Visitors to the Kruger National Park (KNP) are requested to take note of gate quotas when planning their visit, as these will strictly be enforced during the coming Easter Weekend which starts on Thursday, 2 April until Monday, 6 April 2015. 

An amazing sighting via the Orpen webcam

Date: 2015-03-24

The SANParks website offers a virtual link to some of our national parks via our very popular webcams. Recently, the Orpen webcam captured a particularly memorable sighting.

Possible march to affect road leading to Phalaborwa Gate

Date: 2015-03-24

Kruger National Park (KNP) has received a notification that there will be picketing by members of the community in the Phalaborwa area tomorrow (25 March 2015) from 06:00am.

Media Release: SANParks receives air support for anti-poaching operations

Date: 2015-03-19

South African National Parks (SANParks) is a proud recipient of a brand new Airbus AS-350B3e helicopter with night flying capability, made available with funding from the US based Howard G Buffet Foundation (HGBF). 

Media Release: World scientists assemble in the Kruger National Park

Date: 2015-03-09

The Kruger National Park (KNP) will once again host multitude of scientists and researchers from around the world at the 13th annual Savanna Science Network Meeting which is taking place from 9-12 March 2015 at the Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre in Skukuza. The meeting will host about 200 delegates representing 70 different institutions from 12 countries.

Speech delivered by SANParks Chief Executive at the celebration of the World Wildlife event

Date: 2015-03-03

Speech delivered by SANParks Chief Executive, Mr Fundisile Mketeni at the celebration of the World Wildlife event at Skukuza in the Kruger National Park on 3 March 2015.

Media Release: West Rand Region's Kruger National Park birding weekends

Date: 2015-02-06

The 2015 SANParks Honorary Rangers, West Rand Region’s birding weekends are in full swing in the Kruger National Park.  Held in partnership with Birdlife South Africa and Sasol, these weekends held across 20 camps within the park are aimed raising funds for conservation through educating and exposing the public to the wonders of birding.

Media Release: Poaching suspects arressted in Kruger National Park

Date: 2014-12-12

South African National Parks today (Friday, 12 December) announced the arrests and fatalities of suspected poachers in the Kruger National Park (KNP) in the past week.

Media Release: Rangers get an early Christmas for their dedication

Date: 2014-12-12

The IMPERIAL Retail Logistics team together with the South African National Parks (SANParks) Honorary Rangers donated 510 Christmas hampers, 644 Kiddies Hampers to the Kruger National Park (KNP) Rangers and their families as well as a cash donation of R100 000 towards the valuable Canine Unit today, 12 December 2014 in Skukuza.  

Media Release: KNP gate quotas in force during the 2014 Festive Season

Date: 2014-12-12

With the festive season around the corner, the Kruger National Park (KNP) would like to remind Day Visitors about the gate quotas when planning their holiday.

Media Release: Staff member's son killed by a crocodile

Date: 2014-12-04

Kruger National Park (KNP) can confirm that a crocodile killed a staff member’s son, Jacques van der Sandt aged 29, last night (3 December 2014) at the Skukuza Golf Course, situated adjacent to the Staff Village. Jacques is son to Schalk (retired) and staff member Lorretha van der Sandt; the couple has been working in the Park since 1992. 

Skukuza Indigenous Nursery: Christmas Market and Art Weekend

Date: 2014-12-02

Visit the Skukuza Indigenous Nursery in the Kruger National Park on the 6th and 7th of December 2014 for a weekend filled with art and Christmas cheer.

Media Release: KNP to close more artificial water holes

Date: 2014-12-01

The Kruger National Park (KNP) will demolish three artificial water holes in the southern part of the Park in the week of 8-12 December 2014. Explosives will be used to demolish these structures; after which the rubble will be removed as part of the rehabilitation process. 

Media Release: R1.5 million worth of equipment donated to KNP's Ranger Corps

Date: 2014-11-05

Survival equipment to the value of R1.5 million was handed over at a ceremony in Phalaborwa on 31 October 2014. Major General (r) Johan Jooste, Commanding Officer, Special Projects for South African National Parks, and representatives of the Ranger Corps were on hand to receive the equipment. The donation was made possible by the Unite Against Poaching Trust and the SANParks Honorary Rangers.

Media Release: KNP connecting to society at Riverside Mall

Date: 2014-10-21

The Kruger National Park (KNP) will, as part of its marketing activities, be at Nelspruit Riverside Mall on 22 - 26 October between 09:00 and 18:00, taking the Park to the people. This exhibition is meant to afford clients an opportunity to have one on one interaction with staff, discussing various tourism and conservation related issues. 

Media Release: Five suspected poachers arrested

Date: 2014-10-20

17 October 2014 - In a joint operation, the SAPS and SANPARKS arrested five suspected poachers in the Tshokwane Section of the iconic Kruger National Park (KNP).

Media Release: Kruger National Park Joint Operations net 14 rhino poaching suspects

Date: 2014-10-20

South African National Parks (SANParks) yesterday, announced three highly successful operations since Friday morning which led to the arrest of 14 suspected rhino poachers. This brings the total number of poaching suspects arrested in the Kruger National Park (KNP) this year to 113.

Media Release: Churches ask for spiritual intervention in rhino poaching

Date: 2014-10-15

The Kruger National Park (KNP) in partnership with various church denominations from the neighbouring communities of the Park assembled on Saturday, 11 October 2014 at Skukuza Soccer Field to pray for protection of the rhino species and to condemn rhino poaching.

Kruger National Park arrests

Date: 2014-10-08

The South African National Parks (SANParks) announced the arrest of six suspected poachers in the world famous Kruger National Park on Tuesday, the 7th of October 2014.

Skukuza Safari Lodge: Public participation registration phase

Date: 2014-10-01

Please note that the public registration phase for the proposed Skukuza Safari Lodge has resumed today, 1 October 2014 and will close on 31 October 2014.

Skukuza Safari Lodge Public Participation Opens

Date: 2014-09-29

South African National Parks (SANParks) today announced that the Public Participation process for the Skukuza Safari Lodge which is expected to open on 1 October 2014. SANParks invites all members of the public to participate in this process in the interest of transparency. 

Media Release: Portfolio committee on Environmental Affairs visits Kruger National Park

Date: 2014-09-26

The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs today concluded a three day fact finding visit to the Kruger National Park. During this visit, hosted by South African National Parks, the Committee inter alia visited the scene of a recently poached rhino in the south of the Park, and was also able to interact with members of the ranger corps who are in the forefront of the fight against rhino poaching.

Media Release: SANParks arrests three of its own on suspected poaching charges

Date: 2014-09-22

21 September 2014, Skukuza - In a joint South African National Parks (SANParks) and South African Police Services (SAPS) operation today (Sunday, 21 September 2014) three SANParks employees were arrested in connection with rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park. 

Media Release: Fires under control in the Kruger National Park

Date: 2014-09-19

Following the raging fires in the Kruger National Park (KNP) that lasted for over a week, South African National Parks (SANParks) can confirm that all four fires have been contained. 

Media Release: Fires in Kruger National Park

Date: 2014-09-18

The Kruger National Park (KNP) is currently experiencing four fast moving fires since Friday, 12 September 2014 due to the hot weather conditions in the area. A run-away fire jumped over the border on Friday from Mozambique into the KNP; burning areas south of Olifants River, Houtboschrand, N’wanetsi until Tshokwane; however it is now under control. 

Media Release: SANParks welcomes Vietnamese delegation visiting Kruger National Park

Date: 2014-09-11

South African National Parks (SANParks) welcomes a group of Vietnamese celebrities, media and top business people visiting the Kruger National Park (KNP) over the next 3 days. This according to Reynold Thakhuli, Acting Head of Communications, who said the visit, facilitated by SANParks Honorary Rangers in partnership with the Rhinose Foundation, will contribute to efforts towards the reduction in demand for rhino horn by debunking myths relating to the perceived medicinal value of rhino horn, and by exposing lede personalities to the harsh realities of rhino poaching.

Media Release: SANParks puts translocation of rhino into perspective

Date: 2014-08-28

South African National Parks (SANParks) today responded to recent reports that Cabinet’s decision to translocate rhino from the Iconic Kruger National Park has been postponed.

Media Release: Local tourists get involved in an accident in the KNP

Date: 2014-08-21

An elephant overturned a vehicle driven by local tourists at Sable Dam near Phalaborwa Gate in the Kruger National Park (KNP) around 07:15 this morning. A local doctor rushed to the scene of the accident to attend to tourists immediately and they are all well with minor injuries. 

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