Augrabies Falls National Park (AFNP) is once again home to the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon (KAEM) taking place from 1 November to 7 November 2014. The race, a grueling multi-stage running event that covers about 250 kilometers, is celebrating its 15th year of existence.
Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) announced their annual tariff increases which are required to keep up with the increased cost of managing the national park. The annual rate increase took effect on Saturday, 1 November 2014.
Authorities (SANParks, Eden District Municipality, Knysna Municipality) and the Knysna Basin Project met to discuss the situation in Swartvlei following recent media reports. A unanimous decision undertaken is to find the sources of reported E.coli counts at the mouth of the estuary. ‘It is important to find the source of the problem and treat that’ according to SANParks.
South African National Parks (SANParks) today announced the arrest of six suspected poachers and the fatal wounding of two others in two separate operations. In the first operation, Crocodile Bridge Rangers made contact with three suspected rhino poachers. In the ensuing pursuit, two were fatally wounded and the third managed to escape back into Mozambique. A hunting rifle, ammunition and other hunting equipment was recovered on the scene.
The annual mountain biking permit of R190 per annum was introduced in previous years as an introductory tariff as mountain biking in the newly formed Garden Route National Park (GRNP) was still a fairly new concept. Mountain biking stakeholders were informed that it would be increased in due course.
The Swartvlei system is 35 kilometers from George and about 30 from the town of Knysna. It is unique in the country and the world in that it is also situated in an urban area.
And the discovery prompts birders to review old photos and it is discovered that it was recorded and found in SANParks, in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in August 2001.
23 October 2014 - On 11 October organisations around the world celebrated African Penguin Awareness Day, a day dedicated to raising worldwide awareness about the plight of the endangered African penguin. SANCCOB (Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) and South African National Parks (SANParks) celebrated APAD with a unique penguin festival and a star-studded benefit auction in aid of their African penguin conservation projects.
23 October 2014 - The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) acknowledges the memorandum issued by AfriForum, received on 20 October 2014 on behalf of the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa.
23 October 2014 - The Department of Environmental Affairs has congratulated Fundisile Mketeni on his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of South African National Parks (SANParks).
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.
Only four days to go before the start of this year’s Merrel Eden Duo.
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.
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).
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.
Speech by the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Minister BEE Molewa, at the 35th Annual Crime Stoppers International Conference in Cape Town on 14 October 2014.
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.
South Africa’s number estuary is under the spotlight again this Marine Week. This time stakeholders have gathered citizens from the Khayalethu community to roll up their sleeves and pick up litter from the Bongani and Khayalethu rivers.
A proposal has been tabled to construct a 40 Megawatt hydropower station on the Orange River, on the farm Riemvasmaak, North of the Augrabies Falls.
The 11th of October 2014 is African Penguin Awareness Day (APAD) - a day dedicated to raising worldwide awareness about the plight of the endangered African penguin.
The Acting Director General of Environmental Affairs, Ms Judy Beaumont, on behalf of the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), today signed a historic biodiversity offset agreement (BOA) for the Vele Colliery Colliery to the value of R55 million over the life of the mine. The agreement was signed jointly with the Chairperson of the South African National Parks (SANParks), Mr Kuseni Dlamini and CoAL of Africa Limited (CoAL) CEO, Mr David Brown.
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.
Unprecedented WESSA Blue Flag results a triumph for coastal conservation during National Marine Week
WESSA (the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa) has announced a record 82 Blue Flag sites for South Africa at the national launch of this year’s Blue Flag season held at Thesen Islands Marina in Knysna on the Garden Route today. The 2014-2015 South African Blue Flag season opens officially on 1 November.
Did you know that a healthy ocean generates half of the oxygen we breathe?
When visiting a blue flag beach this summer, the expectation is to find a clean, safe and environmentally friendly place. This is the case with beaches and Marinas granted Blue Flag status in and around the Garden Route National Park (GRNP). One is in Wilderness and the other in Nature's Valley and a Blue Flag Marina on Thesen Island in Knysna.
South African National Parks (SANParks) has begun implementation of a comprehensive rhino management strategy, starting with the relocation and auction of a limited number of white rhinos from the Kruger National Park (KNP).
The Garden Route National Park (GRNP) is not losing the fight against invasive alien species, according to Biodiversity Social Programmes Cluster Manager for the GRNP, Walter Mzimba. Invasive alien species (AIS) are the Southern Cape’s biggest challenge to conservation, as they are a fire hazard and suck up chunks of water.
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.
Thought to be about 160 years old, the Winterhoek house and adjacent wagon shed in the Camdeboo National Park are currently being restored to their original condition by the Rupert Historic Homes Foundation. While a number of proposals were put forward as an appropriate use for this site, it has been agreed to restore Winterhoek with a view to managing it in association with the SA College for Tourism, as an up-market visitor lodge. This option fulfills both the cultural heritage and tourism mandates of South African National Parks (SANParks).
South African National Parks (SANParks) has appointed Dr Nomvuselelo Songelwa as acting CEO.
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.
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