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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.

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: 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: 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.

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.

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