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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. 

Media Release: Addo Elephant National Park Management Plan up for review

Date: 2015-03-03

South African National Parks (SANParks) is revising the park management plan for Addo Elephant National Park (AENP).  The purpose of the park management plan is to guide the future management of the park for the period 2015 – 2025.

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: No let-up on fire in Table Mountain National Park

Date: 2015-03-03

A fire that started in the early hours of Sunday morning on the Muizenberg Mountains has spread significantly, all vegetation of the Silvermine section of Table Mountain National Park has been burnt and the infrastructure including office buildings, campsites,  board walks continue to be at risk. 

'Far' schools once again at Augrabies Falls National Park.

Date: 2015-03-02

Augrabies Falls National park was once again very fortunate to have received funding from the Virtual Rangers for the ‘Far Schools’ initiative. 

Media Release: SANParks Honorary Rangers renovate People’s Trail Hut in TMNP

Date: 2015-03-02

The SANParks Honorary Rangers, Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon and Table Mountain National Park celebrated the hand-back of the newly renovated People’s Trail Hut. 

Media Release: Serial muggers handed 8 year prison sentence after TMNP ranger arrest

Date: 2015-02-24

South African National Parks (SANParks) has various plans in place to deal with safety and security in the park often leading to break-through’s such as the arrest of two serial muggers positively identified by the Table Mountain Visitor Safety Unit Rangers on Signal Hill in Table Mountain National Park (TMNP).

Media Release: SANParks Honorary Rangers act to help save irreplaceable cycads

Date: 2015-02-20

Criminals in the Addo area of the Eastern Cape poached more than fifty irreplaceable cycads over Valentine’s weekend. Two truckloads of cycad, many reaching between 3 and 4.5 meters high, were confiscated by authorities.  These plants are slow growing and are between 500 and 1000 years old. An aerial census of the area identified more dug up cycads in the veld.

Media Release: SA's first-ever Certificates of Commendation by CITES

Date: 2015-02-18

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa has congratulated South African law-enforcement authorities combating rhinoceros-related crime, on being awarded Certificates of Commendation by CITES. It is the first time South Africa has been afforded this accolade.

Free access to the Wilderness Section of the Garden Route National Park on 21 February 2015

Date: 2015-02-18

The concerted efforts of the Eden District Municipality to host the upcoming Man and Biosphere (MAB) workshop in Wilderness, resulted in the Wilderness Section of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) declaring its first Open Day for 2015.

Online survey: Evaluation of unguided overnight hiking trails 2014

Date: 2015-02-17

We would hereby like to invite you to participate in an online survey to determine the needs and requirements of hikers.

Spend your Valentine's Weekend at Golden Gate Hotel and Chalets

Date: 2015-02-11

Spend a romantic weekend away at the Golden Gate Hotel and Chalets. Two packages have been created especially for you:

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: Rhino Tears Wine raises R100K in three months to combat poaching

Date: 2015-02-06

A new wine brand, launched at the end of 2014, has already raised over R100 000 to be used in the war against rhino poaching within South Africa’s national parks. The Rhino Tears range of wines, from the Mt Vernon estate in Cape Town, donates proceeds from every bottle sold to Unite Against Poaching, and after selling 8852 bottles since its launch in October 2014, has now contributed the substantial amount to the cause.

Media Release: Fall in love with SANParks Online Discount

Date: 2015-02-03

South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering a 25% discounted rate for new reservations made through the SANParks online booking system for selected Parks and Camps for bookings from Thursday 12 February to Sunday 15 February 2015. 

Crackdown on environmental crimes

Date: 2015-01-30

"Between April 2014 and October 2014, 85 people were fined and five arrested for environmental crimes related to the Knysna estuary.  There were seven court appearances and 23 warrants of arrests", according to Owen Govender, Senior Section Ranger, Knysna, Garden Route National Park (GRNP).  

"Wetlands for our future" - Join Us

Date: 2015-01-30

Next Monday, 2 February 2015, marks World Wetlands Day. 

Media Release: Camdeboo buffaloes presumed back in their natural habitat

Date: 2015-01-30

The whereabouts of the two buffaloes spotted along Mountain Drive towards the end of last year is still unknown, although it is possible that they could have returned to their natural habitat.  The pair has not been seen since rangers lost track of them in the thick reeds and bushes along the Sundays River the day after they were first sighted. Local resident, Susan Edwardes, first spotted the animals while walking with her dogs along Mountain Drive on 31 December.   

Cape of Good Hope water line upgrade commences

Date: 2015-01-27

21 January 2015: Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) would like to inform visitors of the upcoming infrastructure projects in the Cape of Good Hope (CoGH) section of the Park. 

Oranjemund Private School's prefects visit the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park

Date: 2015-01-26

Oranjemund Private School’s learner leaders (from the Primary School’s section) had the privilege to visit the Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park from 16 - 18 January 2015.

Sea lettuce in Knysna estuary not toilet paper

Date: 2015-01-14

Following complaints from citizens that toilet paper was seen floating in the estuary, Professor Brian Allanson (‘Prof’) of the Knysna Basin Project reported on the cause of the evident sea lettuce/ macro-algae to the Knysna Pollution Action Committee (SANParks, Knysna Municipality, Eden District Municipality and the Knysna Basin Project).  

Maintenance of the Tsitsikamma main suspension bridge starts 12 January 2015

Date: 2015-01-08

Kindly note that maintenance work on the main suspension bridge in the Storms River Mouth Rest Camp will commence on 12 January 2015. 

40% discount on selected Wilderness Trails in the Kruger National Park

Date: 2015-01-08

South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering a special 40% discount to new, short notice reservations for selected Wilderness Trails in the Kruger National Park. 

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: Have a glass of "Rhino Tears Wine" to support rhino conservation within our national parks

Date: 2014-12-12

The South African National Parks (SANParks) Honorary Rangers launched a new range of wine, in partnership with the Unite Against Poaching Trust and Mount Vernon Wines, “Rhino Tears Wine” to support conservation efforts within our National Parks to protect our rhino. 

Media Release: SANParks Honorary Rangers and Imperial Logistics deliver Christmas parcels to KNP Ranger Corps

Date: 2014-12-12

The South African National Parks (SANParks) Honorary Rangers and Imperial Retail Logistics handed out Christmas hampers to the Kruger National Park Rangers Corps and their families. This donation which is valued R750 000 is a token of appreciation for the hard work demonstrated by the Kruger National Park rangers, especially in the fight against the rhino poaching scourge.

Lovelife Ground Breakers integrate conservation values in training

Date: 2014-12-12

Mokala National Park – People and Conservation Department and Love Life joined forces to present a jam-packed and informative session to a group of facilitators in training.

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.

Annual Birding Weekend in Golden Gate Highlands National Park takes place in February 2015

Date: 2014-12-11

Registrations are now open for birders to participate in the Sasol Golden Gate annual birding weekend which takes place from 6-8 February 2015. This event organised by the Free State Region of the Honorary Rangers, raises funds for SANParks conservation projects within Golden Gate Highlands National Park.  

The Kumba Marakele Marathon

Date: 2014-12-10

The Kumba Marakele Marathon presented by Kumba Iron Ore and the Marakele National Park on Saturday, 7 March 2015.

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