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Media Release: Hunt of lions from Kruger National Park advert hogwash

Date: 2014-01-28

South African National Parks (SANParks) read with dismay the unfortunate advertisement and comments on social media platforms that have been doing rounds, referring to a hunt of two troublesome lions allegedly originating from the Kruger National Park (KNP).

Media Release: Garden Route National Park among favourites for adventurers

Date: 2014-01-28

The Garden Route National Park had a 23, 9% increase in the number of guests during 2013 compared to the previous year (2012).  Day visitors to the Park also increased by a significant 34%, from 126, 048 day visitors in 2012 to about 169, 367 in 2013.

Media Release: SANParks arrests employee for illegal hunt of game

Date: 2014-01-27

Musina: South African National Parks (SANParks) Environmental Crime Investigators conducted a successful arrest this morning of one of its employees based in one of the national parks under its management. 

Red tide warning: Public must remain cautious

Date: 2014-01-27

Authorities (SANParks, Knysna Municipality and the Knysna Basin Project) are still cautioning against the collection of shellfish from the Knysna estuary following evidence of a red tide. Local expert, Professor Brian Allanson of the Knysna Basin Project is in touch with the Department of Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) to further analyse water samples.

Media Release: SANParks performs in December 2013

Date: 2014-01-27

South African National Parks (SANParks) is proud to see that the national parks remain among the country’s most popular family vacation destinations, with the recently concluded summer holidays realising excellent results in a number of key tourism performance indicators.

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Date: 2014-01-24

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Media Release: SANParks calls on South Africans in fighting poaching

Date: 2014-01-21

The South African National Parks (SANParks) today appealed to the South African public to support efforts by Rangers to stop the massacre of our natural heritage by greedy poachers, who are promised wealth by syndicates.

Media Release: A bumper December for Addo Elephant National Park

Date: 2014-01-21

Addo Elephant National Park experienced a phenomenal December at the end of last year – with an increase of 18 percent in visitors from December 2012.

Warning: Red tide observed again in the Knysna Estuary

Date: 2014-01-20

Possible evidence of a red tide was observed in the Knysna Heads on Sunday afternoon (19 January 2014). Authorities (SANParks, Knysna Municipality and the Knysna Basin Project) are cautioning against the collection of shellfish from the Knysna estuary until further notice. 

Media Release: Ongoing concern for the Selati and Olifants Rivers

Date: 2014-01-20

The South African National Parks (SANParks) today announced ongoing concern over water pollution threats from the Bosveld Phosphate operation near Phalaborwa. Unauthorized discharge of polluted water from the fertilizer production plant into the Selati River between 30 December 2013 and 5 January 2014 resulted in immediate acute toxicity evidenced resulting in a massive fish kill. 

Media Release: Update on rhino poaching statistics

Date: 2014-01-20

The total number of rhino poached in South Africa during 2013 increased to 1004, as the number of people arrested for rhino poaching-related offences climbed to 343.  

Media Release: SANParks responds to elephant public outrage

Date: 2014-01-16

The South African National Parks (SANParks) has responded to a public outcry on its decision to euthanize an elephant that flipped over a vehicle belonging to a visiting British couple injuring the occupants on 30 December 2013. 

Media Release: SANParks opens bookings for the next summer holiday

Date: 2014-01-14

The South African National Parks (SANParks) announced today that the holiday bookings in various national parks under its management for the December 2014 to January 2015 period, will open on Thursday, 16 January 2014 from 07h30. 

Update on the floods at Bontebok National Park

Date: 2014-01-14

Herewith an update on the floods at Bontebok National Park as on Tuesday, 14 January 2014.

Latest news on the red tide in Knysna

Date: 2014-01-14

An update on the possible red tide that was warned against in Knysna.

Update on the floods at Bontebok National Park

Date: 2014-01-13

Herewith an update on the floods at Bontebok National Park as on Monday, 13 January 2014.

Media Release: Elephant spotted in Knysna Forest

Date: 2014-01-09

An elephant was recently photographed by a trap camera, placed in the Knysna forest, by the Landmark Foundation, set-up for leopard research.  The Foundation’s exciting leopard research involves determining the leopard population status in the Garden Route.

Flash Floods Inside and Outside of |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park

Date: 2014-01-09

We experienced some flash floods inside of the park, specifically at De Hoop entrance, Akkedis Pass and downwards from Halfmens pass to Oena mine.

Nqweba Carp Classic entrants donate catches to the Mayor

Date: 2014-01-08

A total of 43 anglers, including seven juniors, entered the 2013 Nqweba Carp Classic angling competition which was hosted by SANParks and held on Camdeboo National Park’s Nqweba Dam in December.

Possible Red tide: no fishing for mussels for now

Date: 2014-01-08

South African National Parks (SANParks), the Knysna Municipality and the Knysna Basin Project have alerted fishers to the possibility of an approaching red tide. Water samples collected from two key points in the estuary ‘confirm the presence of phytoplankton in the water’ says Professor Allanson.

Pollution affects the Olifants River in Kruger National Park

Date: 2014-01-06

The South African National Parks (SANParks) today announced that there has been spillage of polluted water from a tailings dam at Bosveld Phosphate, a mining operation, into the Selati River near Phalaborwa. The incident was detected by Kruger National Park (KNP) staff, after a tip off by a local fisherman on 30 December 2013, who had witnessed a massive fish kill.

Join us for a Christmas lunch at Mountain Zebra National Park

Date: 2013-12-13

Why not enjoy a hearty Christmas lunch at Mountain Zebra National Park this year, combined with a leisurely game drive and perhaps a dip in the swimming pool at the picnic site? Remember to book in advance for your festive lunch.

Media Release: KNP Rangers get pampered for their hard work

Date: 2013-12-12

The IMPERIAL Retail Logistics team together with the SANParks Honorary Rangers donated 500 Christmas hampers to Kruger National Park Rangers today, 12 December 2013 in Skukuza.   This donation which is valued R620,000  is a token of appreciation for the hard work demonstrated by the KNP Rangers, especially in the fight against the rhino poaching scourge.

Summer Fun in the Garden Route National Park

Date: 2013-12-12

There is a lot to do in the Garden Route National Park this summer! New activities are proving to be quiet popular such as Stand -Up Paddling (SUP), which was initiated a few weeks ago. 

New operating hours for Golden Rhino Restaurant in Mapungubwe

Date: 2013-12-11

The Golden Rhino restaurant, situated in Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site, will be operating under new hours from Friday, 13 December 2013. The new hours will now be 08:00 to 20:00, daily.

Experience the true hospitality of the Northern Region this festive season

Date: 2013-12-11

South African National Parks’ Northern Region invites you to come and experience the diversity and uniqueness of this magnificent region with three different parks located in different areas. Savannah grasslands, mountainous landscapes and being able to view where three countries and two rivers collide at the confluence, are some of the experiences that will make your festive season one to remember for a long time.

Cape Agulhas Lighthouse proudly restored and open to visitors

Date: 2013-12-10

After nearly 12 months of restoration we are pleased to announce that the public will, from 10 December 2013 again be able to climb the spiral staircase to the top of the lighthouse to get a magnificent bird’s eye view of the Atlantic - and Indian Ocean. 

Karoo National Park opens new rustic accommodation - Afsaal Cottage

Date: 2013-12-09

Bookings have opened for Karoo National Park’s latest accommodation offering – the very rustic Afsaal Cottage, situated in the park’s game viewing area.

Christmas in Addo Elephant National Park

Date: 2013-12-09

Due to popular demand, Addo Elephant National Park’s Restaurant will once again offer two sittings of their popular Christmas Day lunch this year.

Entertainment galore for kids this December in Mountain Zebra National Park

Date: 2013-12-09

Day visitors and overnight guests alike can enjoy a week-long holiday programme at Mountain Zebra National Park between 15 and 21 December 2013.

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