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Media Release: Wilderness Trails Rangers honoured during 30th anniversary celebration

Date: 23rd September 2008

The Kruger National Park Managing Executive Dr Bandile Mkhize honoured all 84 of the park’s past and present trails rangers and the role these men and women have played in conservation for the past 30 years yesterday, 22 September 2008.


A plaque with the names of all previous
and current wilderness trails rangers
was unveiled by Dr Bandile Mkhize and
Andrew Desmet

The Kruger National Park Managing Executive Dr Bandile Mkhize honoured all 84 of the park’s past and present trails rangers and the role these men and women have played in conservation for the past 30 years yesterday, 22 September 2008.

“It is time to honour the trails rangers who week in and week out entertain, host and keep our visitors safe and have done so for the last 30 years,” Dr Mkhize said.

As part of the 30th Anniversary of KNP Wilderness trails, a plaque with all 84 names of every trail ranger that has ever guided trails in the KNP, was unveiled today at Berg en Dal Rest Camp. The anniversary event was also the KNP’s first event of the 2008 SANParks Week programme.

“We appreciate the dedication and passion made by the KNP trails rangers over the past 30 years, which has helped make the KNP’s Wilderness Trails the highly successful activity it is,” added Dr Mkhize.


The two founders of KNP Wilderness
Trails, Trevor Dearlove and Mike
English were honoured for the
role they played in the establishment
of KNP Wilderness Trails

During his keynote address, Dr Mkhize also stressed the importance of wilderness zones or areas in protected areas, saying that they should be a key component in the environmental management of any national park.

“But I agree with the concept that there is little value for these areas unless we can utilize them in a manageable, sustainable sort of way and this is where activities like the KNP Wilderness Trails step up to the plate,” he explained.


KNP’s managing executive Dr
Bandile Mkhize unveiled an
information display about the
KNP’s seven wilderness trails

The KNP has seven Wilderness Trails; Wolhuter, Bushman’s, Napi, Metsi-Metsi, Sweni, Olifants and Nyalaland. A maximum of eight guests stay for three nights in isolated Wilderness Trails Camps and go out on walks in the bush every day during their stay at these picturesque but simple camps.

Walks are done in the company of armed and highly skilled trails rangers and guests are shown the wonders of the bush. Trails can be booked via SANParks Central Reservations on (012) 428 9111. More information about the trails and other activities available in the KNP can be found on the SANParks Website - http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/tourism/activities/wilderness/default.php.

Issued by:

Raymond Travers, Media Relations Practitioner, Kruger National Park, tel: 013 735 4116, cell: 082 908 2677 or e-mail: raymondt@sanparks.org

Enquiries:
William Mabasa, HOD: Public Relations and Communication, Kruger National Park, tel: 013 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919 or email: williamm@sanparks.org

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