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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

A bush concert with Chris Chameleon at Mokala National Park

Date: 2015-04-23

This past weekend Mokala National Park hosted Chris Chameleon. The Honorary Rangers - Free State Region did a sterling job organising the Chris Chameleon Bush Concert at the newly renovated Stofdam bird hide. And what an auspicious occasion it was.

Understanding spa facility preferences in the Kruger National Park

Date: 2015-04-22

SANParks has received numerous requests to expand activity offerings in national parks.  In light of this, SANParks is considering a spa facility in the Skukuza Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park.

Media Release: SANParks condemns xenophobic attacks

Date: 2015-04-21

South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to condemn in the harshest terms the recent spate of xenophobic attacks currently happening in various parts of our country. These attacks run contrary to everything that the struggle for liberation stood for and are undermining both social cohesion within the country and our international reputation. 

Walking dogs in the Garden Route National Park

Date: 2015-04-14

Due to the open-access nature of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP), it is enjoyed by those who love the outdoors and adventure seekers. Outdoor activities for most in the Garden Route may include dog walking.

Latest update on floods in Natures Valley

Date: 2015-04-08

Subsequent to 113 mm of rain on Saturday (the 04th April), the De Vasselot Rest Camp in Natures Valley was closed and hikers and campers relocated to the main camp in Storms River, Tsitsikamma.

Media Release: Outgoing board of SANParks thanks stakeholders

Date: 2015-04-01

The outgoing Board of South African National Parks (SANParks), which was appointed for the three year period 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2015, has now ended its term.

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. 

Reservations: Operating hours during the Easter weekend and public holidays in April

Date: 2015-03-26

The operating hours for South African National Parks (SANParks) Reservations during the Easter Weekend and public holidays in April 2015.

The 2015 SASOL Tankwa Birding Bonanza

Date: 2015-03-25

Join in all the birding fun and excitement at the 2015 SASOL Tankwa Birding Bonanza.

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). 

Invitation to a 'Tea and Talk' presented by SANParks Honorary Rangers, Midrand Region

Date: 2015-03-19

You are cordially invited to ‘Tea and a Talk’, presented by SANParks Honorary Rangers, Midrand Region.

Bird kills in Wilderness area

Date: 2015-03-19

The Area Manager of the Wilderness section of the Garden Route National Park, Sandra Taljaard says "members of the public may have recently noticed bird mortalities in some of the lakes  of the Wilderness Section of the Garden Route National Park. South African National Parks is aware of this situation and is closely monitoring and investigating the matter".

Media Release: Silvermine and Tokai to remain closed to the public

Date: 2015-03-12

In the interest of public safety, as well as for the protection of the environmental integrity of the Silvermine and Tokai sections of Table Mountain National Park (TMNP), park management decided that these two areas will remain closed to the public until further notice.

Precautionary measures underway in the Garden Route National Park

Date: 2015-03-12

The team in the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) is prioritizing partnerships in rescue missions in the forestry areas as well as water bodies. A prime example this week was a training session held with the Eden   Metro Emergency Services (EMS).

Media Release: Camdeboo's "Valley By Moonlight" delivered surprises

Date: 2015-03-10

Camdeboo National Park’s now well-known Valley by Moonlight event certainly kept guests entertained on Friday evening.

Media Release: Deadline for stakeholder input to Committee of Inquiry

Date: 2015-03-10

The Department of Environmental Affairs has announced that the deadline for inputs by organisations, individuals and stakeholders to the Committee of Inquiry investigating the feasibility of a rhino horn trade is 13 March 2015. 

Media Release: Mopping up begins as fires are contained

Date: 2015-03-10

Teams have moved into a full scale mopping up operation after the fires that raged through Table Mountain National Park for almost a week, was extinguished. A worried eye is being kept on the weather though because fears remain that the fires could flare up again.

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.

Support Team SA and contribute to a cause saving birds that migrate to SANParks

Date: 2015-03-09

Three of South Africa’s top birders (Chris Lotz, Trevor Hardaker and Jason Boyce) are representing South Africa in the annual migration challenge “Champions of the Flyway” held in Israel every March.  Their team is called Birding Ecotours.

Media Release: Working On Fire helicopter pilot killed

Date: 2015-03-09

8 March 2015 - It is with great sadness that we must announce that one of the Working on Fire helicopter pilots, Mr Hendrik Willem Marais, was killed whilst attempting to make a forced landing.

Media Release: SANParks expresses their sincerest condolences

Date: 2015-03-09

The chairperson of the SANParks Board, Mr Kuseni Dlamini, has expressed condolences on behalf of the Board, Management and staff to the family, friends and colleagues of Mr Willem Hendrick ‘Bees’ Marias, who tragically died in a helicopter accident while fighting fires in the Cape Point section of Table Mountain National Park today.

Media Release: Cape Point fire still burning in Table Mountain National Park

Date: 2015-03-06

The fires at the Cape Point section inside the Table Mountain National Park continues to burn with crews basically forced to stand down at 23h00pm last night due to strong wind conditions making the situation extremely challenging for those on site with total costs of fighting the fires now climbing towards the R5 million mark. 

Media Release: Programme for care of injured and orphaned rhino

Date: 2015-03-06

The South African National Parks (SANParks) has announced a partnership with the Peace Parks Parks Foundation (PPF) as part of the Rhino Protection Programme (RPP) which will see R2.4-million allocated towards assisting with the care of rhino which have been injured and orphaned as a result of rhino poaching. The Kruger National Park has been particularly affected by rhino poaching and in the course of 2014 SANParks rescued 16 rhino orphans, of which 12 went to specialist care and 4 were placed with surrogate mothers in holding bomas managed by SANParks.

Media Release: Counting the cost of the Table Mountain National Park fires

Date: 2015-03-06

5 March 2015: The cost of containing the multiple fires on Table Mountain National Park continues to rise. Current estimates are that the infrastructure damage in the National Park alone, since the fires started is already more than R5 million.

Latest update on the fires in Table Mountain National Park

Date: 2015-03-06

The latest update on the fires in the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP), as on Friday, 6 March 2015.

Media Release: Minister briefs Committee on steps taken to address illegal wildlife trade

Date: 2015-03-04

Minister Edna Molewa briefs the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs on steps taken to address illegal wildlife trade.

The SANParks Times autumn edition is out

Date: 2015-03-03

Read about big developments at the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. Or, where to aim you walking boots for the best endurance trails in national parks. Does a tortoise blink? Get the answer in this edition. 


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