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IUCNs Red List of Ecosystems gains momentum

Modelled on the influential IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, the Red List of Ecosystems will identify if an ecosystem is vulnerable, ...more

Ivory dealer loses appeal

A Northern Cape man's appeal against a conviction of being an accomplice in the unlawful dealing of two ivory tusks was dismissed by the Sup...more

Ivy League Students Visit Kruger’s Classrooms

Every October for the past seven years, twenty students from an American university pitch up in Skukuza Camp as part of their studies of var...more

Jam-packed agenda for sixth science network meeting

The Kruger National Park (KNP) will host scientists and researchers from around the world at the sixth annual SANParks Science Network Meeti...more

Joining forces against poaching

A joint effort from conservation agencies and the community against environmental and general crime in the central lowveld is reaping benefi...more

Joke of the Bushveld Competition

Joke 2005 was the 27th year the tournament was played at Skukuza and was again a huge success with capacity fields on all four days...more

Journalist And Elephant Expert Debate The Use Of Game As Protein

A journalist for Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper has been criticised for proposing that Kenya's starving should be provided with protein by c...more

Jury Still Out on Whether New Mosquito Carries Malaria

A new species of mosquito has been discovered by South African researchers, adding to the pantheon of some 140 species of Anopheles mosquito...more

Kalahari, Kruger and Carnivores the passions of Gus Mills

After more than 30 years, Gus Mills is returning to the home of his heart in the sands of the Kalahari, to once again conduct groundbreaking...more

Kalwerbossie At Risk Of Over Harvesting

Kalwerbossie, better known by its scientific name Pelargonium sidoides, is at risk of over-harvesting because it is very slow growing...more

Karoo National Park to Introduce Lions

Karoo National Park, situated near Beaufort West, celebrated its 30th Anniversary with the announcement that lions would be introduced...more

KEEP KRUGER CLEAN campaign celebrates its 6th year

Lucy Nhlapo, head of tourism and marketing in the Kruger National Park (KNP) kick-started the Keep Kruger Clean campaign for the 6th consecu...more

Keeping An Eye On Duke The Tusker

The bush was littered with people, watching his every move. They saw him desperately wanting to outrun the helicopter, saw the dart strike...more

Keeping an eye on global vegetation

Food, fuel, and shelter, ie vegetation, is one of the most important requirements for human populations around the world...more

Kilimanjaro’s Icy Crown Melting Fast

Kilimanjaro's snowy crown is fast disappearing, as predicted by experts several years ago. This means not just the loss of  the tourist att...more

Kingsley Holgate takes to the road to promote transfrontier conservation

Well-known Africa explorer, Kingsley Holgate, will lead an expedition across nine Southern African Development Countries (SADC) from May to ...more

Klaserie Childrens Eco Training Celebrates International year of Biodiversity

To increase the understanding of the vital role that biodiversity plays in sustaining life on Earth, Maureen Lahoud was invited to assist in...more

Know Your Park

The first motorist entered the Kruger National Park in 1927. Visitors paid £1 entrance fee and that year the Park realised a full £3. Ther...more

Know your park - Nxanatseni

The area is bordered by 90 kilometres western boundary with Limpopo Province and 121 kilometres eastern boundary with Mozambique and on the ...more

Know your Park - Whats in a name

The literal meaning of shirnia-ntanga is “early gardener”, but according to MJ van Waremelo and HP Junod, this was probably the name of ...more

KNP Achieverment Awards 2010 -2011

Sergeant Wilson Siwela from Crocodile Bridge Ranger Section was the worthy recipient of the Kruger Cross, the Kruger National Park's (KNP) h...more

KNP awards its achievers for excellence

Solly Mathonse received the bravery award at the 12th Kruger National Park (KNP) Achievement Awards that took place on Friday, April 20 2012...more

KNP Collects Bounty from Balloons

A Boksburg school, the Mooiplaas Ranger Section and a bunch of balloons were linked together in the strangest of ways earlier this month...more

KNP emerging contractors receive technical skills training

The Kruger National Park (KNP)'s head of technical services, Blake Schraader presented certificates to 150 emerging contractors in Skukuza o...more

KNP Emerging Tuskers Competition 2006 Winners Announced

The 2006 Kruger National Park (KNP) Emerging Tuskers Competition attracted more than 180 individual entries and has identified eight new eme...more

KNP head office is NOT moving to Phalaborwa

There is no truth to a rumour that has resurfaced regarding the relocation of the Kruger National Park's (KNP) head office from Skukuza to P...more

KNP Law Enforcers Receive Rank Insignia

Traffic officers, visible policing and other members of the Kruger National Park's (KNP) protection services department were ceremoniously h...more

KNP Man Honoured With Unesco Award

A core member of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology (CIB), Dr Llewellyn Foxcroft, was one of ten recipients of the 2010 M...more

KNP receives wheelchairs for use by tourists when needed

In a gesture of goodwill, the Germiston's Rotaract Club presented the Kruger National Park (KNP)'s managing executive, Abe Sibiya with 15 wh...more

KNP Recognises Staff Achievements

Hard work, going the extra mile and excellent performance were recognised at the Kruger National Park's glittering 10th achievement awards i...more

KNP Technical Services Personnel Receive NQF Certificates

Nine senior officials from the Kruger National Park technical services department recently completed their National Qualifications Framework...more

Koedoe Update

The latest articles published in Koedoe focus on vegetation and plant communities...more

Krazies in Kruger

We took these photos on the 1st of January as well as the 7th of January 2007. They drove into the field almost on top of the lions and the ...more

Krazies in Kruger

Kruger rangers, protection services personnel and traffic officials of the Kruger National Park will be on high alert this festive season an...more

Krazies in Kruger

We visited the park on Sunday, the 1st of May 2005 and found these people showing themselves outside their cars at a lion sighting on the Lo...more

Krazies in Kruger

We often visit Kruger Park and see people doing crazy things, but this time I decided to send you some photographic evidence...more

Krazies in Kruger

As a frequent visitor to the Park, plus reader of your newspaper I am always astounded by the photographs taken of people who blatantly diso...more

Krazies in Kruger - 22 March 2005

This photo was taken by my daughter Belinda in February 2005 at midday at Rhidondo Pan. In the car was my wife, my mother-in-law from Englan...more

Krazies in Kruger - 27 April 2005

I was recently visiting the Kruger National Park, staying at Satara.Whilst there we came across 11 hungry lions eating the remains of a Gira...more

Kruger Awards Top Achievers

For the ninth year in a row, the Kruger National Park rewarded its staff during the 2007 Achievement Awards Ceremony, which was held on Frid...more

Kruger Bids Farewell To Kobus Wentzel

Kobus Wentzel, regional ranger in the far north of the park, thanked friends and colleagues at a function to bid him farewell at Shingwedzi...more

Kruger buffalo kills suspected fish poacher

A buffalo killed a suspected fish poacher in the Kruger National Park (KNP) on February 21, 2012. The incident was reported to the Chief of ...more

Kruger Call Centre Handles Wide Variety of Calls

The Kruger Emergency Call Centre has now been up and running for just over a year. It receives around five calls a day, ranging from traffic...more

Kruger Celebrates Its Cultural Heritage

Kruger's soccer field was transformed on September 23, 2006 when the park celebrated Heritage Day. A huge map of the Kruger National Park wa...more

Kruger Clean-Up

The Central region of the Kruger National Park held a clean-up day on Friday, October 7, 2005. Teams targeted the roads between Nwanetsi, Ol...more

Kruger donates trees to spread greening message with youth

The Kruger National Park (KNP)'s managing executive, Abe Sibiya handed over 25 indigenous trees to the educators and pupils of Mjejane Prima...more

Kruger e-field Guide Creator Battles Cancer

Douw “Swannie” Swanepoel, former Kruger section ranger renowned for bringing computer-age technology to the ancient art of tracking and ...more

Kruger elephants head for Zululand Rhino Reserve

It was a very early start on Friday August 26, leaving Skukuza at 04:30, to capture two elephant bulls in the Crocodile Bridge section...more

Kruger Fire Raises a Storm

Park visitors came across severely burnt animals, notably rhino, and conveyed their horror to the media...more

Kruger Fishing Competition Gives Rise to More Tall Tales Than Fish

The Honorary Rangers (HR) of the Bushveld region hosted a fish- ing competition at the Reënvoël Dam in the Nxanatseni (South) region of th...more

Kruger gives soccer kit to school kids

The Kruger National Park (KNP)'s head of people and conservation, Helen Mmethi handed a complete soccer kit for school children to the sport...more

Kruger Gives Wings To a Passion For Birds

Geoff Lockwood has birding in his veins, and his fascination with birding began in the Kruger National Park (KNP). He first visited Kruger w...more

Kruger Gorge

The rehabilitation OF Massingir Dam could lead to the destruction of sections of The Olifants River gorge that has no parallels elsewhere in...more

Kruger Guides Spread Their Wings

The Kruger National Park is renowned for its birdwatching attractions and is regarded as one of the birding Edens of the country. With its l...more

Kruger hands over 400 boxes of books

Circuit managers from 12 school circuits bordering Kruger accepted 400 boxes of books donated by the Kruger National Park (KNP) and its part...more

Kruger Home To the Biggest Stick Insects

Should you happen to be wandering around a campsite in Kruger at night, direct your torch light into the trees – if your eyes are sharp en...more

Kruger Honours its Rangers

Rangers with 30 years and more service in the park received trees as a tribute on behalf of all KNP rangers. In a tribute to the Kruger Nati...more

Kruger Hosts Third Annual Corporate Golf Day

More than 100 golfers from both government and the private sector met on the fairways of Skukuza's picturesque golf course on Thursday Octob...more

Kruger Indigenous Games

Mopani district was the overall winner of this year's Limpopo indigenous games with 14 points followed by the Vhembe district with nine poin...more

Kruger Memory Photo Competition

Fatima Patel has won two nights for two at Wilderness Safaris Pafuri Camp in the far north of the Park. This stunning tented camp is located...more

Kruger National Park - Did you know

The Kruger National Park was first proclaimed in 1898 as the Sabie Game Reserve by the then president of the Transvaal Republic, Paul Kruger...more

Kruger National Park Field Rangers Strike called off

Kruger National Park Field Rangers' Strike called-off: at least 93 rhinos poached during the strike. The South African National Parks (SANPa...more

Kruger National Park Newsclips

It's War. Moving Kruger's Border so Hunters Can Kill. Sanparks Corrects Double Booking 2010. Kruger Park Land Claims. Archaeological Researc...more

Kruger National Park Rangers Diary

In nature there are many examples of animals that have adapted to the specific circumstances of their environment, but for an individual ani...more

Kruger National Park Rangers Diary - October 1955

Repairing fowl hook which the baboons had completely damaged. The septic tank at my quarters blocked and I had to open same, clean, and refi...more

Kruger National Park Steps Up Fight Against Poachers

With the appointment of 57 new field rangers, the Kruger National Park (KNP) is stepping up its crime fighting ability against the increasin...more

Kruger Objects to Development on Crocodile River

In November last year, the Mpumalanga Department of Agriculture Land Administration issued an instruction to stop all construction on an ext...more

Kruger Park 2005 to 2006 In Review

A total number of 1 243 4657 tourists visited the Kruger National Park during the 2005/6 financial year. According to the Sanparks 2005/6 an...more

Kruger Park Bees Under Threat From Parasites

In 1997 a deadly parasite entered South Africa, possibly sneaking into the country at Simonstad harbour in the Cape. Known as Varroa destruc...more

Kruger Park Butterflies

There are several butterflies that occur throughout the Kruger National Park and also many that occur throughout the year. Granted, these bu...more

Kruger Park Butterfly Wishlist

Some butterflies are regarded as quite rare and sometimes a first for a certain area, therefore the general public is asked to assist in spo...more

Kruger Park Changes Day Visitor Booking Policy

Day visitors to the Kruger National Park will no longer be able to book their entry as this will be done on a strict first come first served...more

Kruger Park Exit Permits

As at the end of October 2006, all guests leaving the Kruger National Park (KNP) must be in possession of a valid exit permit...more

Kruger Park field rangers strike enters week five

The Kruger National Park Field rangers have been on strike since February 3, 2012. Their labour union, Health and Other Service Personnel Tr...more

Kruger Park May Benefit From New Helicopter Ambulance

Anyone suffering an accident in the Kruger National Park (KNP) may soon find help close at hand, both from Kruger's new emergency call centr...more

Kruger Park Ranger Vists Japan

Vlakteplaas ranger Reckson Seane was invited to Japan to attend a course on Wildlife Conservation and Management for African countries with ...more

Kruger Park Rest Camp Architects

In 1984, van Riet and Louw architects were appointed to design a camp, later known as Berg-en-Dal...more

Kruger Park stands to be devastated by Climate Change

Up to two-thirds of the animal species in the Kruger National Park could become extinct if global temperatures increase at the current rate...more

Kruger Park Timeline

Kruger Park Timeline. A Complete History of Kruger National Park. 4000 BP Some of the baobabs still standing in the Kruger National Park (KN...more

Kruger Parks Rhino Go under The Hammer for Conservation

The Kruger National Park Veterinary Wildlife Services Unit has been busy catching rhino for one of its annual rhino auctions. Due to be held...more

Kruger Ranger Killed by his Namesake

A field ranger, Lance Corporal Wilson Ndlovu, was attacked and killed by an elephant while he was on normal patrol in the Stoltznek Section ...more

Kruger rangers in the spotlight

At just past 08h00 Punda Maria section ranger Thomas Mbokota called together his team of field rangers. A helicopter pilot had sighted a bak...more

Kruger reaches out to neighbours to help with clean-up

The Kruger National Park (KNP) is fighting for a cleaner environment hand in hand with the Thulamahashe Hluvukani Arcornhoek Taxi Associatio...more

Kruger Refines Management Plan

New legislation calls for conservation agencies like South African National Park to submit a comprehensive management plan to the minister o...more

Kruger Regions Compete In Sports Day

On September 2, 2006 the Kruger National Park held a funfilled sports day. Four staff teams competed against each other in touch rugby, voll...more

Kruger Regions Reward Achievers 2005 North and Central

Kruger Regions Reward Achievers 2005: North & Central. Outstanding Service In The Workplace And Outstanding Service To Customers...more

Kruger Scientist Gets on Top of Alien Plant Invasions Down Under

Alien invasive species are causing a headache for conservation managers around the world. Alien species are the cause of numerous problems f...more

Kruger Scientists in Addo National Park

Scientists and managers in the Kruger National Park are striving to use an adaptive management system, which allows for some changes in the ...more

Kruger scoops two PMR awards

The Executive Director of the Kruger National Park, Dr Bandile Mkhize, recently received two prestigious “Mpumalanga Leaders and Achievers...more

Kruger staff receive Kudu recognition

Dr Bandile Mkhize, director of Kruger, handed over SANParks Kudu and merit awards at a small function held in Skukuza on Friday August 5...more

Kruger to Canyons biosphere launch

The Kruger to Canyons Biosphere is due to be officially launched this month, forming part of the Limpopo activities to celebrate World Envir...more

Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Represented at World Congress in Spain

Debby Thomson, project coordinator for the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere, attended the 3rd World Congress on Biospheres, hosted by UNESCO in t...more

Kruger Treasure Discovered

United Tobacco Company awarded its annual achievement awards for the northern region at a well organised function at the Letaba staff lapa l...more

Kruger Vets Help Capture Kalahari Wildcats

Since 2003 Marna Herbst, a PhD student from the Mammal Research Institute of the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of P...more

Kruger wins award

The Kruger National Park's (KNP) Road Construction team won the Vintage Category of the Armco Multiplate and Superspan Structures Awards thi...more

Kruger’s Creative Kiddie Neighbours Win Art Competition

South African National Parks recently announced the winners of the Morula Kids Art Competition, which attracted entries from around the coun...more

Kruger’s Management Works Towards Celebrating Wilderness

Last year the Kruger National Park (KNP) adopted the WMP, which was developed to provide a framework for the future management of wilderness...more

Kruger’s Rhino sell for over R1million

Last month the Kruger National Park sold 12 white rhino by public auction. The sale generated a gross income of R1.63 million, which South A...more

Kruger2Canyon Biosphere Biodiversity Survey

On November 6, budding conservationists, armed with pencils, clipping boards, data sheets and loads of enthusiasm...more

Kruger2Canyons Birding Route Launched

It is hoped that birders from all over the world will flock to the area thanks to the launch of the Kruger 2 Canyon Birding Route. The route...more

Krugers Baobabs Become Film Stars

A television production team recently visited the Kruger National Park to film the clash of the titans – the relationship between the park...more

Krugers big five LIVE on your laptop

A digital video camera was installed late last year at a waterhole just outside Orpen camp, and from its footage a picture is extracted ever...more

Krugers biggest tusker, Duke, dies of old age

One of the oldest tuskers in the Kruger National Park (KNP), Duke, died on October 1, 2011 seemingly of old age. Duke was identified as a ne...more

Krugers Crocodile Bridge And Gate Get a Facelift

The managing executive of the Kruger National Park (KNP), Abe Sibiya officially opened the new Crocodile Bridge and Gate facilities on Decem...more

Krugers CyberTracker Gets a Boost

Over R400 000 was raised to replace Kruger's ailing CyberTracker hardware with the new Fujitsu Siemens Pocket PC Loox N520 handheld device....more

Krugers Groundwater More Than Meets The Eye

For many people groundwater equates to boreholes making “unavailable and unused” water available for humans, animals and irrigation....more

Krugers Hidden Secrets

Kruger National Park is justly famous for its Big Five. Less well known is that Kruger represents a world-class laboratory for understandin...more

Krugers New Generation Tuskers

These are the magnificent elephant bulls (and a few cows) believed to be following in the footsteps of Kruger's Magnificent Seven...more

Krugers quest for Zero Waste

The Kruger National Park (KNP) is hoping to become a regional leader – in rubbish. A pilot project will be launched in the Phalaborwa regi...more

Krugers regions share 110th birthday celebrations with their neighbours

The Kruger National Park (KNP) began a three-week long celebration of its 110th birthday with a community celebration function at Phalaborwa...more

Krugers Role In Re-establishing South Africas Oxpecker Population

Hundreds of redbilled oxpeckers have been caught in the Kruger National Park for relocation to other parts of South Africa...more

Krugers Scientific Data On Demand

Sanparks Scientific Services has been involved with research on various topics in the Kruger National Park since the 1950s. These valuable r...more

Kudu Awards ceremony honours conservationists

The Kruger National Park (KNP) made an impressive showing at the inaugural award giving ceremony for the South African National Parks (Sanpa...more

Kuduzela Launched for SA Soccer Fans

A wind instrument in the shape of a kudu horn, the Kuduzela, has been launched in South Africa and is expected to become synonymous with foo...more

Kyoto Protocol

Conservation organisations around the world are hailing the signing of the Kyoto Protocol as the first step towards slowing down global warm...more

KZN Cotton Farmers At Centre Of GM Debate

The small-scale cotton farmers of the Makhatini Flats in KwaZulu-Natal are being used as examples by both seed giant Monsanto and green orga...more

KZN students come to Limpopo to hug trees

Towards the end of last year eight students from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Durban and Pietermaritzburg) stepped into a minibus to go ...more

Lake Natron faces renewed threat from soda ash mining

BirdLife has learnt that a Tanzanian Government Agency is seeking to buy mining equipment for large-scale soda ash extraction from Lake Natr...more

Lake Panic and Doispane Name Origins

Lake Panic, a small earthen dam 1,5km north-west of Skukuza, derives its name from the panic caused when the dam's newly built wall threaten...more

Land Claim Delays Declaration Of Blyde National Park

The declaration of the national park has been put on hold because of the land claim which the department of land affairs and environmental a...more

Land claims in Kruger

By December 31, 1998 almost 40 land claims had been lodged on land within the Kruger National Park. To date, the Makuleke claim in the Pafur...more

Land Repossessions Threaten Hundreds of Black Farmers

Hundreds of South Africa's emerging black commercial farmers could face eviction in the next few months because of their inability to servic...more

Large dams can affect local climates, alter rainfall

Researchers investigating how large dams can affect local climates say dams have the clear potential to drastically alter local rainfall in ...more

Large illegal ivory market in Britain

Britain has been fingered as the biggest ivory trader in Europe, and has the ninth largest ivory trade in the world. The Independent reports...more

Largest Elephant Contraception Exercise Begins

A total of 43 female elephants have received the first of three   immuno-contraceptive injections that will render them temporarily steril...more

Last invasive aliens felled

A joint venture between the Alien Invader Task Group (AITG) of the Honorary Rangers, the Alien Biota Section of Kruger and a People for Wild...more

LCA to conserve 20 million hectares of land in Africa

Leadership for Conservation in Africa (LCA) announced its plan to develop 20 million hectares of conservation land in Africa by 2020. Releas...more

Leadership For Conservation In Africa Launched

For the first time in history, African conservation and business leaders have a platform through which they can discuss matters of common in...more

Learn to Love Vultures or Lose Them

BirdLife Partners in Africa and elsewhere have joined with raptor conservation and research organisations around the world to call for an im...more

Learners Visit Vulture Restaurant

Talented learners from the Ba-Phalaborwa area is to visit the vulture restaurant on Grietjie...more

Learning from insects

Scientists now want to exploit insects' diversity to develop and test new medicines, new methods of pest control, new industrial enzymes and...more

Leaves Changing Colour

After a varied 'rainy season' where some areas have had reasonable rainfall, while others have had almost nothing, the leaves on many tree s...more

Leopard captured and put down

An old male leopard was captured in the Makoko village, about 10 kilometres south of the Numbi Gate of the Kruger National Park (KNP) on Jul...more

Leopard Catches Croc For Dinner

Nedick Bila, senior field guide at Shingwedzi Camp, and eight guests were treated to an exceptional sighting when they saw a leopard killing...more

Leopard caught in Phalaborwa

An injured and hungry leopard turned to catching cats and dogs in the south-eastern parts of Phalaborwa for her survival. This in turn alert...more

Leopard cruelly caught in snare

When Brian Jones and his team from Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre set out to rescue a snared leopard on Sunday, July 6, they were not sure...more

Leopard Forum Established

The leopard is considered to be the world's most persecuted big cat, but given its elusive nature information is hard to come by on what is ...more

Leopard killed by lions

This leopard was found during a bush walk in the Balule Private Nature Reserve. According to Brian Jones of Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre...more

Leopard shot in Letaba Camp

At around 21h00 on Monday evening, June 27, some Kruger staff saw a leopard walking past the Letaba Elephant Hall building in the Letaba Cam...more

Leopard working group formed

Farmers, game wardens, nature conservation officials, scientists, hunters and conservationists all met at the Southern AfricanWildlife Colle...more

Less Rhino Sold More Predators Moved To Smaller Reserves

2010 could hardly be labelled as a run-of-the-mill year for the SANParks Veterinary Wildlife Services (VWS) unit, especially with more than ...more

Let me Count the Ways

Let me count the ways in which two days of exploring previously unknown history, some extraordinary royal fetishes and truly magnificent wil...more

Let sleeping frogs lie

The grey tree frog - more commonly referred to as the foam nest frog - is the largest of our 'tree frogs', with females growing to a length ...more

Letaba Elephant Hall Closed For Renovations

The Elephant Hall at Letaba Main Camp in the Kruger National Park (KNP) is in the process of receiving a face-lift and will be closed for th...more

Letaba Elephant Statue in Protective Custody

Kirsty Redman, environmental interpretive education officer for the Kruger National Park (KNP), was at the Honorary Rangers' Indaba in Berg-...more

Letaba Hospitality Manager Retires

Gerty Carmichael, hospitality services manager at Letaba Camp, recently retired from her position with the Kruger National Park...more

Letaba icon returns

In May 2007 Letaba camp staff in the Kruger National Park (KNP) noticed the iconic statue in front of the elephant hall was in danger of col...more

Letaba Is Best Camp In Kruger Malelane Best Ranger Section

Malelane section was named best ranger station in the Kruger National Park for 2009/10. Section ranger...more

Letaba launches new accommodation units for bats

A new range of accommodation units was unveiled last week, as part of Letaba Rest Camp's ongoing Bat House Research Project...more

Letaba Staff Children Get To Know More About The World They Live In

The people and conservation staff at the Letaba Rest Camp have their work cut out for them during school holidays...more

Lets Give It Horns

To celebrate the anniversary of the first rhinos ever translocated in South Africa half a century ago, and in support of the fight against t...more

Letter from Reunion

We went and interviewed our class from secondary school in Terre Sainte, Saint Pierre, in Reunion Island. In May, we will participate in a t...more


Unfortunately one sees many incidents of people who just can't use common sense and don't understand the dangers associated with wild anima...more

Letters Letters Letters Letters

Breakdown in Kruger. Wonder From Waste. Impressed With Service at Letaba Rest Camp. Pesticide Used by Poachers. Pretoriuskop is Tops....more

Letters to the Editor

In response to the letter from Mrs C Nienaber ('Emergency Number', page 13, Issue 23), I would like to say that I feel the exact opposite wa...more

Letters to the editor

There are more and more visitors to the Kruger Park and adjacent lowveld wildlife areas who realize that the big and hairy are only part of ...more

Letters to the editor

I'm a very keen reader of KRUGER PARK TIMES and I'm very happy to have a subscription so that I won't miss an issue despite not being able t...more

Librarians Meet In Kruger To Launch Library Week

Delegates from libraries all over the country attended the official launch of Library Week 2008, which took place at the Skukuza Staff Villa...more

Lightning strikes another house

Lightning struck again during a heavy thunderstorm in Hoedspruit on January 23, setting fire to the thatched roof of a simplex unit in the r...more

Limpopo Atlas Of Rare Birds Being Compiled

An atlas of where the 'big six' rare birds have been seen and are known to breed in the Limpopo Province is being compiled...more

Limpopo Launches Greater Mapungubwe Heritage Route

“As we celebrate the launch of the Greater Mapungubwe Heritage Route, we urge citizens of Limpopo Province and beyond to explore the cultu...more

Limpopo leaves leopard hunters in the dark

Leopards in the Limpopo Province are in increased danger of being illegally killed as a result of the actions of the government department i...more

Limpopo National Park attract more overnight visitors

According to the Mozambique News Agency, AIM, the Limpopo National Park (LNP) generated US$200,000 revenue in 2011, which is 7.1 percent mor...more

Limpopo Province Proudly Home to SA's Two Biggest Trees

The Limpopo Province is the proud possessor of South Africa’s two largest trees, both of which are baobabs estimated to be well over ...more

Limpopo To Retract Advert For Cites Permits

The Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (Ledet) intends to retract its recent advertisement explaining the p...more

Limpopo-Shashe Conservation Area Formally Agreed On

The middle of a dry riverbed is not the usual venue for a meeting of government ministers from three countries about to sign a landmark agre...more

Lion Attack - The Aftermath

10 October, Oom Paul's Birthday. We departed from Metsi Metsi camp on the Friday, not thinking much about dates and birthdays...more

Lion Breeders To Comment Jointly On New Laws

Lion breeders have gotten together in the wake of the publishing of draft regulations for the hunting industry and protected species...more

Lion Cannibalism Awes Trailists and Guides Alike

Lions are known to often kill nomad lions moving into the pride's territory, but feeding on her is a different matter. Cannibalism among lio...more

Lion Contraception Helps Solve Management Issues

To many game-viewing tourists, an African bush experience is not complete without a sighting of the king of beasts, the lion. This means tha...more

Lion Man Race

Jan Lambert of Pretoria won the grueling 80km Lion Man Mountain Bike Race in 3:25:32. The race took place at the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate ...more

Lion presents powerful environmental message

When local Addo resident, Janine Snyman, saw a young male lion with a beer bottle in his mouth, she could not ignore the environmental messa...more

Lion Researcher Dreams Of Primary Schools In Conflict Areas

The sayings “if it pays, it stays” and “wildlife must pay its way” have been used to justify a number of activities in the wildlife ...more

Lion shot after killing man

A man was killed and eaten by two lions in the Kruger National Park (KNP) on Thursday July 28, 2005. Rangers shot the male lion in their eff...more

Lioness and baboons

I had been following a white rhino track from near the water hole in the hopes of catching up and viewing him, but he seemed to be on a miss...more

Lions And Poachers Drive Game Farmer Out Of Province

Limpopo province's game farmer of the year, Piet Potgieter, is planning to move his game farming operation to the Free State, after being pl...more

Lions Benefit Form This Years Bike4Beasts MTB Challenge

The fourth Bike4Beasts MTB Challenge took place in the De Beers Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve on April 25 this year...more

Lions in the Village

During the early hours of Wednesday February 16, between five and seven lions decided to take a stroll down the main road through Skukuza vi...more

Lions Kill Suspect

Lions killed an alleged poacher in the Kruger National Park (KNP) on March 14, 2010...more

Lions maul suspected poachers

Rangers rescued two suspected rhino poachers who were mauled by lions in the Kruger National Park. The two men were hospitalised and charged...more

Lions Released In Karoo National Park After 170 Years Absence

Lions were released in Karoo National Park near Beaufort West on November 10, 2010 freely setting foot on the Karoo soil for the first time ...more

Lions surprise runners during marathon

This year's Skukuza Sterling Light Half Marathon produced a surprise for the runners – three lionesses directly in the path of the leading...more

Lions, Cheetahs and Wild Dogs most vulnerable African Carnivores

The conservation status of Africa's 20 largest carnivores has been reviewed in a document compiled by the Wildlife Conservation Society, wit...more

Living on the Edge

Ecologically speaking, on the edge of a vlei, on the edge of a forest, on the edge of a water body means that you are also on the edge of so...more

Lizard Classification

It is necessary to view our lizards in the context of all the species of reptiles that inhabit the world. The world's 6550 species of repti...more

Local environmental campaign teams up with online greenies

Indalo Yethu, South Africa's environmental awareness, activism and endorsement campaign, has formed a strategic partnership with the online ...more

Local is Lekker safaris in Kruger

Various Kruger National Park campsites have become home to a community-based safari initiative that will see field guides handpicked from th...more

Local operators get international perspective at tourism workshop

SA Tourism has had its share of transformation, and perhaps a touch of schizophrenia, for the last few years in finding the country's touris...more

Lodge Burns Down In Southern Kruger - January 2006

Just five days before Christmas two bangs, the second louder than the first, heralded the start of a fire which burnt the main building of t...more

Lodge group scoops international awards again

The Singita group has triumphed in this year's US Travel and Leisure World's Best Awards 2008, wining three awards...more

Longest record of climate change in Africa extracted

Oceanographers battled high winds and big waves while a ship-mounted drilling platform pulled up 623m of core samples from beneath the rolli...more

Longterm Kruger Park Vegetation Monitoring Project

Holger Eckhardt drives his bakkie down a degenerating dirt road, tyres rattling over rocky patches, guided by a precise set of instructions ...more

Loss Of Habitat Harm Evolutionary Diversity

A mathematically driven evolutionary snapshot of woody plants in four similar climates around the world has given scientists a fresh perspec...more

Love rhino, love life

Kruger National Park rangers and staff reach out to youth with anti-rhino poaching message. “Today we celebrate our heritage, our rhino an...more

Low cost carrier to begin flights from South Africa to Mombasa

One of South Africa's low- cost carrier's, 1-Time, will add Mombasa to their network by March 2012. The twice-a-week service to Mombasa will...more

Lower Sabie tent gutted

A fire broke out in one of the safari tents at Lower Sabie Rest Camp around 06h00 on October 11, 2011; completely burning down the tent...more

Lowveld celebrations and festivals

A sustainable living festival will take place in Hoedspruit from Thursday May 15, until Saturday May 17, 2008...more

Lowveld Legend Dies

The lowveld lost one of its legends on June 9, 2006 when colonel Jan Pretorius passed away at the age of 94. Pretorius was one of the founde...more

Lucas Radebe Appointed as 2010 Ambassador

Lucas Radebe was introduced by Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk, the Minister of Tourism, as South African Tourism's 2010 ambassador to the ...more

Lumukisa learners celebrate Earth Day

Learners from Lumukisa Primary School, Acornhoek, celebrated Earth Day with a play about how man has destroyed nature and what needs to be d...more

Mabudhafasi launches national environment month

“We must make cleaning our surroundings and the country to be our daily routine for the health of our citizens and the environment as spel...more

Magnets replace pins for new sightings boards

Gas supplier TotalGaz recently supplied replacement game sighting boards to all the camps in the Kruger National Park (KNP) in order to make...more

Make A Donation And Help Keep Kruger In The Information Age

Introduced first in 2000, with more units being purchased in 2003, the CyberTracker computer system with its integrated Global Positioning S...more

Make A Donation And Help Keep Kruger In The Information Age

In a world where personal digital assistants are the hallmark of harassed executives in a high pressure business world, many people would be...more

Making a Difference In The Eyes Of a Child

Situated in the Skukuza Staff Village in the Kruger National Park, Skukuza Nursery School provides foundation-phase education to children of...more

Makulekes host World Environment Day celebrations

World Environment Day was officially celebrated in South Africa at the Makuleke Village, neighbouring the far northern region of the Kruger ...more

Malopeni eco 4x4 overnight trail

This is the perfect trail for someone who lives close to the park and would like to do something different but does not have a lot of time t...more

Mambrrr Found Dead

Field rangers Difference Mabunda and Olsado Mulhovu, came across a carcass of a big elephant bull with exceptionally big tusks. The Elephant...more

MaMerle Has Twins Again

MaMerle, believed to the biggest female tusker in the Kruger National Park, seems determined to be recorded in the Guinness book of elephant...more

Man Dies After Asthma Attack On Game Drive

The station commander of the Levubu Police Station, Nardus Bekker, has died in the doctor's consulting rooms at Skukuza after collapsing dur...more

Man dies in suspected Buffalo attack

Roy Munks (65) died on Tuesday July 22, 2008, apparently from loss of blood from injuries sustained during an attack by a buffalo...more

Mana Pools threatened by agriculture

Approximately 120,000ha of “the finest natural wildlife areas in the Zambezi Valley” in the far north of Zimbabwe may eventually fall un...more

Management Training in Park Continues

A management course was conducted from the Monday the 17th January 2005 until 18 February with a break of a week after every week. The purpo...more

Manager Of Phalaborwa Environmental Node Moving To Cape

The call of the sea has lured the manager of the first long-term environmental monitoring node in South Africa away from Phalaborwa...more

Managing Krugers Rivers

Many rivers in the world have undergone human-induced changes, often negatively impacting freshwater ecosystems. Expanding human populations...more

Mango will operate 24 hours a day in 2010

MANGO has announced that it will operate 24 hours per day over the 2010 World Cup period next year...more

Manutsa Third Largest Colony of Cape Vultures in SA

Visitors entering the lowveld through the J G Strijdom tunnel can enjoy the majesty of the mountain pass with their naked eye. A good pair o...more

Many species one planet one future

This year, World Environment Day, which is celebrated on June 5 every year, focused on 'Many Species. One Planet. One Future...more

Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape World Heritage Site

The South African Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), South African National Parks (SANParks) and Coal of Africa Limited signed an hi...more

Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre

The new Interpretation Centre at the Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site is becoming increasingly popular and has clocked its 3...more

Mapungubwe land claim valid

One of the largest land claim cases to date - the Machete royal family's bid for Mapungubwe, a World Heritage Site - while not yet settled, ...more

Mapungubwe mining impact on environment

The coalition of civil society organisations challenging the authorisations given to mining company Limpopo Coal (Pty) Ltd's proposed Vele c...more

Maria’s magical cuisine enchants at four star lodge

The welcoming smell of baking bread at Zuleika Country House is the work of cook Maria Mokwena. Maria always longed to bake, watching her mo...more

Maroela, A Second Home To Dennis And Anne

Dennis and Anne de Lange come from Uvongo in KwaZulu Natal. They are currently in Maroela camp where they are booked in for five weeks from ...more

Marula Seedlings outstrip others in Survival Challenge

Inside a rock-hard nut lie the precious seeds of the marula tree, a treasure for persistent squirrels and an amazing storehouse of energy th...more

Marula Weir Bites the Dust

Lourie Venter, head of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) special forces school, estimated about six tonnes of explosives...more


Ben Pretorius was a section ranger in the services of Sanparks for more than 35 years before his retirement in 2001. He began his service wi...more

Mass Bat Die Off a Mystery to Experts

It is estimated that more than a 1000 Angolan free-tailed bats (Mops condylurus) died over the third week of July at Letaba Camp in the Krug...more

Massingir Dam Backs Up Into Kruger Gorge After Floods

Flooding of the Olifants River in the last week of January raised concerns about the effect that the raising of the Massingir dam wall in Mo...more

Massingir Dam Rehabilitation

The dam wall of the Massingir dam is an earth embankment 4 600m long with a maximum height of 46m. The rehabilitation of the dam entails the...more

Mata Mata Shows A New Face

The Mata-Mata Rest Camp in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park [KTP] was officially re-opened on Thursday, 29 April 2010, after an upgrade of t...more

Match words with action

Highlighted recently and in many previous reports, the negligent or intentional poisoning of wildlife with agricultural pesticides continues...more

Matildas Horned Viper

A new species of bush viper has been discovered in Tanzania. Named, Matilda's Horned Viper (Atheris matildae), the snake looks like the Usam...more

Mating habits of rare bird under discussion

It is possibly the dream of many a man – being well endowed, having a wide choice of sexual partners, and never having to deal with the of...more

Mauritius Thorn Plant

Caesalpinia decapetala, commonly known as the Mauritius thorn is an Asian (India, Sri Lanka, China, Japan and Malaysia) tropical plant...more

Media liaison channeled

All communication about rhino poaching to the media has been directed from SANParks to come from government. SANParks head of communications...more

Medicinal plants need revised care plan

About 15 000 species of medicinal plants are globally threatened from, amongst others, loss of habitat, over-exploitation, invasive species ...more

Meet Kruger's Alien Plant Specialist, Llewellyn C Foxcroft

From an early age, Llewellyn had a keen interest in nature and all out-door activities. In 1997, as part of the diploma's experiential train...more

Meet the Amazing Amone

Amone Mzimba is a humble man, with his fine frame, soft-spoken manner and gracious nature; you would be forgiven for mistaking him for part ...more

Meet The Kruger Rangers

A little girl born in Mhinga village, 29 years ago, took a winding path before she became one of the two female section rangers breaking new...more

Mega parks and meta populations a cure for elephant overpopulation

Research on seven main areas in southern Africa where elephants occur has prompted Rudi van Aarde to offer a new alternative forelephant man...more

Megans Top Five Bush Facts

The blue of a kingfisher's feathers isn't caused by a colour pigment but rather by the scattering of light due to the way the...more

Migration myths dispelled in UNDP report

Most migrants do not move from developing to developed countries, and when they do, rather than hurting host economies, they benefit them...more

Mike Elected as President

Dr. Mike Peel of the ARC-Animal Production Institute (Rangeland Ecology) was elected as President of the Grassland Society of Southern Afric...more

Million Moments

Life was different in the Kruger National Park (KNP) of 1950 and 1960. Getting a job meant you had to have a wife...more

Mini Earthquakes Used to Count Elephants

Work at a pan in Etosha, Namibia has found that seismic sensors can be used to differentiate between elephant, giraffe, lion, gemsbok and hu...more

Mining Activities Threaten Sensitive Areas In The Blyde River Canyon

This rich biodiversity is now threatened in some areas by applications made to prospect for gold and silver on farms adjoining the park, and...more

Mining Mapungubwe Area May Infringe On Childrens Rights

The fight to save the Mapungubwe region from the impact of coal mining widened its range with the rights of future generations of South Afri...more

Minister awards bioprospecting permits

The minister of water and environmental affairs, Edna Molewa, awarded seven bioprospecting permits to organisations to legally engage in...more

Minister Challenges Tourism Industry

Tourism minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk has issued a challenge to the tourism training industry and backed it up with R7.5 million in fundi...more

Minister Highlights Tourism Grading Councils Successes

Tourism minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk has said that government's identification of tourism as a sector of the economy earmarked for prior...more

Minister invites comments on land to be declared part of SANParks

Minister of water and environmental affairs, Edna Molewa on 2 March 2012 published for public comment under the National Environmental Manag...more

Minister launches Water Week with warning to stop stealing

South Africa's minister of water and environmental affairs Edna Molewa launched Water Week with a visit to farmers who are suspected of ille...more

Minister serious about waste management

Water and environmental affairs minister Edna Molewa has gazetted the National Waste Management Strategy (NWMS) for immediate implementation...more

Minister to chair WEF tourism council

South Africa's tourism minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk has been appointed to chair the World Economic Forum (WEF)'s Tourism Council until n...more

Minister wants amended norms and standards for Rhino Conservation

Edna Molewa, the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs published the proposed amendments to the norms and standards for the marking of...more

Minister Wants Big Seven

South Africa will soon be boasting the Big Seven, when the shark and the whale are added to the already well-know Big Five tourist attractio...more

Miss SA Earth hopefuls visit Kruger

The finalists of the 2010 'Miss Earth South Africa in association with Consol' spent a week at the Nkambeni Tented Lodge outside of the Krug...more

Mkhize takes up top job at Ezemvello

The managing executive of the Kruger National Park, Dr Bandile Mkhize, has taken up the position of chief executive officer of Ezemvelo KZN ...more

Modderfontein Reserve Opens To The Public

The Modderfontein Reserve opened to the public on 20 September 2012. The reserve will not only protect the indigenous fauna and flora in the...more

Mokala walk away with Welcome award

Mokala was announced the winner in the Parks and Nature Reserves category of the 2008 Welcome Awards at an awards ceremony held at South Afr...more

Moon Cactus or Toukaktus

Moon Cactus or Toukaktus (Harrisia Martinii) Harrisia martinii (moon cactus or toukaktus), originating from South America (Argentina), was p...more

Mopane Worm Harvest

Kruger National Park (KNP), as a pilot project, introduced mopani worm harvesting in the Nxanatseni (northern) Region of the park...more

Mopani Mass Choir gives first public performance

Ligwalagwala Radio station broadcasted from Mopani Camp from 12h00 on Saturday, May 7. Rev Paul Nkuna of the radio station conducted a chora...more

Mopani To Host Educational Exhibition And Talks

Mopani Conference Centre will soon host Honorary Rangers from several different regions. They will be busy with a programme called “People...more

Mopani to spend R103 mil on water, sanitation

The Mopani District Municipality in Limpopo is to spend R103 million on upgrading water and sanitation services this year...more

More About The Eco-Schools Programme

The Eco-Schools initiative is an international programme with over 10,000 schools in about 30 countries around the world enrolled. The progr...more

More About The Scops Owl

Description: Small, eared owl with yellow eyes. Its plumage is a vermiculated grey-buff, intricately marked with black provides excellent ca...more

More Black South Africans Visit SANParks

Latest tourism figures have shown that the number of black South Africans visiting national parks operated by SANParks has increased across ...more

More Comments On The New Regulations For The Wildlife Industry

Ron Thomson has compiled a number of comments on the new draft regulations governing the hunting industry and threatened and protected speci...more

More Dams for the Letaba Catchment

Construction of a new major dam at Nwamitwa in the Great Letaba River. The new dam, which will take about five years to construct, is propos...more

More Debate Over The Future Of Orpen Gate

On April 18, 2006 a number of parties with a keen interest in the environmental impact process accompanying the relocation of the Orpen Gate...more

More elephants collared in APNR

The research project initiated in 1997 to monitor the movements and behaviour of elephants in the Association of Private Nature Reserves (AP...more

More Elephants Go on the Pill

Another reserve has started an immuno-contraception programme on their elephant population in order to help manage the animals' impacts. Ele...more

More Elephants Put Under Satellite Surveillance

Four elephants in Greater Kruger got a bit of a surprise on October 19 when wildlife vet Cobus Raath and a team of international volunteers ...more

More Frogs On The Menu in West Africa

The demand for frogs for human consumption is rising dramatically in parts of West Africa...more

More Land For National Parks

More than 379,000ha of land have been added to South Africa's national parks system since 1994, including five new national parks, and recen...more

More management graduates for Kruger

Several Kruger National Park (KNP) staff recently graduated from the Tshwane University of Technology, having completed a BTech degree in ma...more

More restrictions on cycad related activities

South Africa's minister of environment affairs, Edna Molewa has prohibited a range of activities related to certain cycads (encephelartos). ...more

More Science, More Debate, But No Action Yet On Culling

The minister of environmental affairs and tourism, Marthinus van Schalkwyk, has supported the idea of further research into the management d...more

More Scope For Social Issues at KNPs Premier Science Meeting

Dr Allan Andersen urged scientists to consider the application and appropriateness of their research to the mandate and mission of SANParks...more

More than 200 rhino poachers arrested

A total of 214 suspected rhino poachers were arrested in South Africa between April 2010 and March 2011, according to the 4th National Compl...more

More Than Just A Golf Course Planned For Mica

According to Jurgen, the proposed Kingfisher Hill golf course that is planned for an oddly shaped piece of land bordering the Olifants River...more

More Than One-Fifth Of The Worlds Plants Are Under Threat Of Extinction

A global analysis of extinction risk for the world's plants has revealed that the world's plants are as threatened as mammals...more

More trees equals more deserts

The United Kingdom's Forestry Research Programme has discovered that planting trees can decrease the amount of available surface water, help...more

More visitors prefer camping

The Kruger National Park (KNP), one South Africa's tourism icons, is still a popular destination for both local and foreign visitors...more

Most visitors happy with alchohol ban in Kruger

The majority of tourists who visited the Kruger National Park (KNP) over the Easter holidays were pleased with the alcohol restriction intro...more

Mothers and children living with HIV and Aids in Bohlabela

It did not take little Zenobia Mathebula who is not yet three, ten minutes to adopt her new fluffy baby bear and have him bouncing on her ba...more

Motorcompany gives Birdlife SA wheels

Birdlife SA's received a generous donation from Honda SA. Managing director of Honda, Yoshiaka Nakamura, handed over the two Honda CRVs...more

Mountain Zebra Camdeboo Corridor Project

A new initiative to create a corridor between Camdeboo and Mountain Zebra National Parks aims to impact the conservation status of South Afr...more

Mouse Tricked Into Producing an Elephant Egg

Scientists have “tricked” a mouse into producing an elephant egg. That development could boost breeding programs for endangered species...more

Mozambican War Rifles Used To Poach Rhino

Mpumalanga military officials have revealed that some of the rifles used to poach rhino in the Kruger...more

Mphongolo Backpack trail Explore Krugers northern wilderness areas

Following the success of the Olifants backpack trail, the Kruger National Park (KNP) has now also introduced the Mphongolo Backpack Trail...more

Mpumalanga History To Be Translated, Recorded In A Book

Mpumalanga's pre-colonial history manuscript will be published in a book form and translated into other South African languages...more

Mud, Guts and Glory At 4x4 Fun Day

“Mud, guts and glory!” say the organisers, summing up an event-filled day that transformed 40 shiny 4x4s into a dusty shadow of their fo...more

Multi-million rand project to genetically sequence Africas orphaned crops

African scientists, working with peers from the University of California and with backing from international funders such as the Clinton Glo...more

Muyexe residents safe from damage causing animals

Gone are the days when dangerous wild animals from the Kruger National Park (KNP) roamed freely on the streets of Muyexe village, outside Gi...more

Mysteries of Bee Flight Revealed

For almost 70 years scientists and engineers have been mocked for being unable to explain how bees fly, but researchers at Caltech and the U...more

Name change for Kruger concessionaire

Jock Safari Lodge, situated in the southern area of the Kruger National Park (KNP), changed its Little Jock lodge to Fitzpatrick's at Jock. ...more

Name Changes Abound In Mpumalanga

The Blyde River Canyon, South Africa's fourth most-visited tourist attraction, is now officially known as the Motlatse Canyon, despite the p...more

NASA awards money to keep an eye from outer space on trees

Researchers from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Appalachian Laboratory have been awarded $653,018 from Nation...more

National Biodiversity Action Plan Launched

This year International Biodiversity Day, celebrated on May 22, 2006 marked the launch of South Africa's Biodiversity Strategy and Action Pl...more

National Biodiversity Institute launched

Environmental affairs and tourism minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk officially opened the new South African National Biodiversity Institute (...more

National Bird Threatened by Illegal Trade

In February alone, nine blue cranes were confiscated in four separate incidences of illegal removal from the wild in their Karoo habitat...more

National Bird Week 2009

BirdLife South Africa declared May 4 to 10 national bird week. “We decided to use garden birds to advance bird conservation...more

National elephant management guidelines expected soon

Despite what South African National Parks (Sanparks) terms as “conflicting and irreconcilable” differences of opinion between stakeholde...more

National parks tourism income breaks the half-a-billion Rand barrier

South African National Parks' (SANParks) tourism income surpassed the half billion- rand mark in the financial year ending on March 31, 2008...more

National Parks Week 2010

The minister of environmental affairs and tourism, Buyelwa Sonjica, opened the week long free access for South Africans at most South Africa...more

National structures deployed against rhino poaching onslaught

The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (Natjoints) is conducting a coordinated and comprehensive operation to counter rhi...more

National Vulture Awareness Day - Endangered Wildlife Trust

Following last year's successful awareness creation campaign, the Birds of Prey Working Group of the Endangered Wildlife Trust has designate...more

Natural Medicine for Butterflies

Want to reach for an aspirin? Or perhaps a remedy for a stomach complaint? Ever wondered if butterflies have the same requirements?...more

Nature hotspots in Africa Caribbean and Pacific Group

Threatened natural areas in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific are set to benefit from a unique partnership between the International Uni...more

Nature Novices Transform Into Rookie Rangers

In October this year chaos descended on the Kruger National Park (KNP), as local production house SANHU facilitated the BBC as they filmed t...more

Necessary smell and droppings

Many people avoid discussion of dung and associated smells and will recoil from any contact with these natural items...more

New 4x4 Eco Trails Open at Karoo National Park

Two new 4x4 eco-trails have opened at the Karoo National Park near Beaufort West...more

New Accommodation Options At Punda Maria

Punda Maria, in the far north of the Kruger National Park (KNP), has been undergoing a series of upgrades over the last few years. The lates...more

New Africa Climate Exchange

The BirdLife Africa Partnership has launched a new website about climate change and its impacts on biodiversity in Africa...more

New African elephant fund receives major boost

The African Elephant Action Plan and the African Elephant Fund received a more than R2 million boost at a meeting held in Skukuza from 12 to...more

New Baboon Spider Discovered In Survey Of Kruger

They're big and hairy and in need of conservation and are found in the Kruger National Park but they have double the normal number of legs...more

New boats to help patrol Olifants gorge in fight against illegal fishing

The managing executive of the Kruger National Park, Dr Bandile Mkhize, presented Mozambique's Limpopo National Park...more

New book showcases Kalaharis hyena

If you watch Disney's “The Lion King” you would be lead to believe that hyenas are conniving, unscrupulous and rather demented creatures...more

New Book Will Help Merge Conservation And Social Issues In Parks

Scientists from South Africa and the United States of America (USA) have collaborated on a book that they hope will enhance the capacity of ...more

New Borders Affect Park

The Kruger National Park, a district management area (DMA) will resort under two different municipalities following a decision by the Munici...more

New chairman begins tenure

The new chairperson of the board of South African National Parks Ms Cheryl Carolus began her tenure at the helm of the country's premier con...more

New Director Appointed for Environmental Affairs

Nosipho Jezile-Ngcaba has been appointed as director-general for the department of environmental affairs and tourism (Deat)...more

New Doors for Letaba Elephant Hall

It turned out to be quite a mission finding new doors and replacing the old ones at the elephant hall in Letaba rest camp, but "well worth t...more

New eating experience

Dining in Kruger has taken a fresh new direction with the opening of the first Nature's Cafe in Skukuza on September 15, 2005. Aimed at the ...more

New EIA Regulations Take Effect In July

The end of April saw the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism publish new regulations guiding the Environmental Impact Assessment...more

New Entrance Gate Upgraded Roads Opened at Mountain Zebra National Park

On October 28, 2009, Mountain Zebra National Park, situated near Cradock in the Eastern Cape, celebrated the official opening of a newly upg...more

New Environmental Hotline Set Up

Anyone spotting environmental crimes in Mpumalanga is invited to phone a newly established hotline number. Pollution, poaching, plant theft...more

New Filming and Photography Permit Tariffs for SANParks

South African National Parks (SANParks) has revised its procedure and tariffs for commercial filming and photography in the national parks...more

New findings offer hope in fighting alien plant invasions

The commonly held theory that alien invasive plants do not taste good to indigenous animals, and spread rapidly due to lack of predation, is...more

New Flux Tower In Kruger

“Africa is a big question mark in the carbon cycle,” says Tony Swemmer, manager of the SAEON (South African Environmental Observation Ne...more

New Format For Wildlife Photographic Essay

An innovative new form of the ever-popular coffee table book featuring stunning photographs of Africa's wildlife has been launched by the Ho...more

New freshwater ecosystem atlas

How many and which rivers and wetlands do we have to maintain in a natural condition to sustain economic and social development, while still...more

New Guide Manual For Kruger

The managing executive of the Kruger National Park (KNP), Dr Bandile Mkhize received a full set of the park's new 40-module guide training m...more

New Guidebook Reveals Limpopo’s Birding Wonders

The Limpopo Province has 10 internationally recognised Important Bird Areas, and the soon-to-be-released Great Limpopo Birding Route Self Dr...more

New Information Centre Unveiled At Pretoriuskop

During a short ceremony on 26 May 2007 the Lowveld Honorary Rangers handed over a new information centre to Pretoriuskop in the Kruger Natio...more

New Initiative Plans To Safeguard Tourist Health

According to statistics gathered by Dr Simon King, at least 13 people died last year in tourist destinations in the Limpopo/Mpumalanga lowve...more

New Insights into lions genetic evolution

An international team of researchers has successfully traced the evolutionary history of the world's lions in unprecedented detail...more

New Jungle Gym Received with Huge Smiles

Huge smiles on little faces greeted members of the Hoedspruit Air Force Base (AFB), Veronica and Dave Corlett and other delegates as they ar...more

New manager appointed at Namaqua National Park

South African National Parks has appointed a second female park manager to take charge of one of the organisation's 20 national parks. Ms Ni...more

New manager appointed at Wits Rural Facility

Laura Wheatman, newly appointed manager of Wits Rural Facility (WRF), knows when and how to apply creative strategies under adverse conditio...more

New manager at Olifants shop

Sebenzile Khambule will now be greeting guests at the Tiger's Eye shop in Olifants Camp after her promotion to assistant manager. Sebenzile ...more

New Manager For Transfrontier Park Health Issues

The integration of the complex human and animal health issues that come as part and parcel of developing massive parks that straddle interna...more

New Method Standardises Predator Measurements

The African Large Predator Unit based at the University of the Free State has now developed a set of standardised procedures for measuring l...more

New municipal demarcation to affect Kruger Park

The Kruger National Park, which in political terms is currently a managerial district under the Bohlabela Municipality, may soon be divided ...more

New National Rules For Hunting Industry And Protected Species

he public has six weeks to make comments on the proposed new regulations that will ban canned hunting of large predators, stop the hunting o...more

New Orpen Gate

Members of the Mpumalanga Tourism Authority recently joined the provincial MEC for Economic Development and Planning, William Lubisi, at Eur...more

New planet discovered

A tenth planet has been discovered in the Kuiper Belt of orbiting matter that exists in outer space past the planet Neptune...more

New Project Aims To Put Limpopo Birds On The World Tourism Map

The Kruger to Canyons region has a chance to find its niche in the biggest sector of the eco-tourism market by creating a birding route in t...more

New Project Focussing On Large Birds Launched

All of the data will feed into a national database, so that the EWT Birds of Prey Working Group can get an idea of how well these unique bir...more

New projects in Kruger

A number of upgrade and expansion projects in the Kruger National Park has been put out to tender, to be awarded within the next month. New ...more

New R5 5million memorial added to Phalaborwa tourism package

Work is nearing completion on a R5.5 million memorial precinct that will commemorate past and present Limpopo heroes who shaped the South Af...more

New Radar Network Launched

The minister of water and environmental affairs, Buyelwa Sonjica, has launched the South African Weather Service's new state-of-the art weat...more

New rangers ready to face rhino poachers

“They are a fine, earnest, intelligent and public spirited body of men, these rangers. Though small in number, their influence is large. M...more

New Road Part Of Addo’s 75th Anniversary Celebrations

Addo Elephant National Park keeps getting bigger and better, and the chance to explore five of South Africa's seven biomes in one national p...more

New Safari Camp Opens Near Phalaborwa Gate

The new Forever Resorts Phalaborwa Safari Park was  opened on Friday 27 March, notably celebrated by stakeholders and prominent roleplayers...more

New Skukuza Boardwalk To Showcase Wetlands

A wetland boardwalk is due to be launched soon in the Kruger National Park, starting in the Skukuza nursery car park. Over 260 metres long, ...more

New Soccer Clubhouse Opened

A horde of spectators joined Kruger staff to celebrate the opening of their new clubhouse at the Skukuza Soccer Field on Sunday, July 23...more

New species of tiny frog is worlds smallest vertebrate

Researchers have found two new frog species in New Guinea, one of which is the new smallest known vertebrate on Earth. The results are repor...more

New Study Explores Patterns In Species Diversity And Genetic Diversity

A new study by Mark Vellend in the August 2005 issue of The American Naturalist provides a theoretical model showing that the two central me...more

New Tagging Methods Show Just How Far Vultures Fly

It was recently decided by people involved in the conservation of birds of prey that the traditionally used method of placing rings on birds...more

New Tented Camp Opened In Addo Elephant National Park

A new tented camp in Addo Elephant National Park opened in December last year and is running at an 80 percent occupancy since then...more

New Tools Help Manage Ranger Section

Earlier this year Steven Whitfield, Section Ranger at Tshokwane, implemented a controlled burn in his section south west of Nkumbe mountain...more

New Tourism Route Links Swaziland, Mozambique and SA

Launched at this year's Tourism Indaba, the new Lubombo Route offers tourists a glimpse of the best of the mountains, big five wildlife, and...more

New Trails To Open in Kruger National Park

Two new adventure trails will be launched in the Kruger National Park within the next six months...more

New Vulture Restaurant and Hide in Phalaborwa

South African Vultures are facing everincreasing threats. Of the nine Vulture species that occur in South Africa, seven are listed in the Es...more

News Clips

South Africans and Mozambicans travelling between the two neighbouring countries no longer require an entry visa as from Monday April 18...more

Next Stage In Creation Of Hunting Laws Expected Soon

The publication of the draft norms and standards intended to regulate canned hunting and the multi-billion Rand hunting industry throughout ...more

NGOs Appeal Against Mining At Mapungubwe World Heritage Site

The fight to protect the Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape from coal mining heated up this month...more

Niger rare giraffe population now number 310

In 1996, there were only 50 West African giraffe, 'giraffa camelopardalis peralta', in the world. The rare animal, distinguished by its ligh...more

Nkhuhlu Exclosure Burnt to Mimic External Conditions

Fire is not a popular phenomenon in the Lowveld at the moment, but in the Kruger National Park it is used under controlled conditions as par...more

No Conflict Over Table Mountain National Park

There has been no official correspondence from the City of Cape Town to indicate that the municipality wants to take over the management of ...more

No Cull Just a Rumour At This Stage

Various media reports that the government has agreed to postpone the culling of elephants for an undetermined period have been refuted by en...more

No Environmental Impact Assessment yet for the De Hoop Dam

Although intended to be issued this month, the environmental impact study for the 80 metre high De Hoop dam on the Steelpoort River has not ...more

No extinctions from tsunami

BirdLife International has stated that no extinctions are predicted as a result of the devastating tsunami that struck Asia on December 26, ...more

No Hunting in South African National Parks

In a statement released by SANParks on April 2, 2007 chief executive officer David Mabunda says there will be no hunting in national parks...more

No independence celebrations for Zims elephants

The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force (ZCTF) has reported that at least nine elephants have been shot to provide meat for Zimbabwe's Independ...more

No Need to Cull Wild Birds to Stop Flu Spreading

BirdLife International has issued a statement on the bird flu virus H5N1 that seems to be spreading, causing more outbreaks of the deadly fl...more

No New Evidence About Robbery At Crocodile Bridge

No new evidence has been forthcoming in the robbery that occurred at Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp on Tuesday, July 11, 2006. The car that was ...more

No place like home Africas big cats show postcode preference

The secret lives of some of Africa's iconic carnivores, including big cats, are revealed in a new study in the journal, Animal Conservation...more

Norms and Standards for the Management of Elephants in South Africa

In September 2005, South African minister of environmental affairs and tourism, announced that the cabinet has given him a mandate to develo...more

Not enough fuel in Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park (KNP) issued a statement that is does not have enough fuel for the traffic currently in the park. Guests planning t...more

Notes from ranger Henry Wolhuters diary Skukuza Section November 1959

Field rangers from Msutlu picket report in. They reported two cases of hyena catching full-grown wildebeest. In one instance there were 10 h...more

Nxanatseni's Offices Nearing Completion

Construction of the Nxanatseni region's corporate offices, situated at the Phalaborwa gate, is almost complete and should be finalised by th...more

Nyalaland Wilderness Area

The Nyalaland wilderness area lies in the far north of the KNP and is roughly 40 000ha in size. It is a very harsh environment where sandsto...more

Obituary of Dirk Nel

It is possibly true to say that a man like Dirk Nel (65) had two sets of parents: God our Father in Heaven and Mother Nature and, of course,...more

Ocean Going Students Dock In Kruger

When they docked in Cape Town, students on the “Semester at Sea” programme opted to either spend time in the mother city or in Kruger. T...more

October is Suicide Month in Kruger National Park

October month has been referred to as suicide month in the Kruger National Park. Conditions are hot, dry and dusty, bleak, barren and dead. ...more

Of bills and beaks

Each bird species has a beak adapted to its particular function. Whether on hornbill or waxbill - the long or the short - they can be called...more

of firsts for Kruger

There are always many drivers in the Kruger National Park, but drivers of a different sort were the order of the day at the Kruger National ...more

Off-Road Driving, Lions And Harmonicas, A 1928 Visit To Kruger

From the day Kruger's gates opened to the public, people have fallen in love with the park, but there can be few people who can boast that t...more

Okavango To Renew Commitment To The Wilderness Foundation

The wilderness of the Okavango Delta in Botswana will be home to conservation legend Dr Ian Player for 10 days in early June...more

Olifants Restcamp gets a new face

The cost of the upgrades to the main building in Olifants, which started at the beginning of May 2007, is estimated at R5.5 million...more

Olifants River Backpacking Trail

If four days spent hiking a total of 42 km in the middle of nowhere next to a river, taking only what you can carry. New and exciting Olifan...more

Olifants River Hiking Trail Launched

The Olifants River Hiking Trail was officially opened by Dr Bandile Mkhize on 26 March 2006. The official ribbon cutting ceremony was preced...more

Olifants River now called Lepelle

It is official, the Blyde River will be known as the Motlatse and the Olifants River as the Lepelle as from this month...more

On Patrol in the Phalaborwa Section

“If we were to award every ranger injured, kidnapped or assassinated since the fourth World Parks Congress in 1992...more

One million species and counting

Just weeks after adding its millionth Web page, the online biology clearinghouse the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) has received a major grant f...more

One Year Later, Plundered Cycad Shows Signs Of Life

Some of the magnificent cycad plant that was desecrated by plant thieves last July is beginning to make a recovery, and the first green shoo...more

Online Data Archive Now Includes All Parks

Over the last five years Judith has been working on developing a data access system for SANParks, together with ecologists and software deve...more

Online forums claim to represent Kruger

The Managing Executive of the Kruger National Park (KNP), Mr Abe Sibiya warned the public, business community and staff members about people...more

Only 50m apart from a Crocodile

Two boys were seen fishing about 50m from the crocodile in the photograph below. This was at the bridge crossing the Letaba River near the L...more

Open your eyes when crossing the border

Mozambique has launched a campaign called “Open Your Eyes” to combat child trafficking and unsafe child migration into neighbouring Sout...more

Operation Cyclone

A two-pronged initiative is currently cracking down on crime in the Kruger National Park, with the Skukuza police recently arresting five s...more

Opinion on the white lions release remains divided

The controversy around the re-introduction of white lions in the Klaserie area was once again evidenced by a lively debate following a prese...more

Orangutan Conservation Hindered by Poor Law Enforcement

Lack of law enforcement against illegal trade in Indonesia threatens the survival of orangutans and gibbons on Sumatra, a new study by the w...more

Orchid Growers To Converge On The Lowveld

This September orchid growers and lovers will congregate in the lowveld, where the South African Orchid Council will be holding their nation...more

Ores Story

In the last issue we wrote about the rhino, Ore, that roams the area around Mooiplaas and mistook a dead hippo for a possible mate. Ore arri...more

Organisations Plan Extensive Comments On Hunting

Despite the fact that the creation of draft norms and standards for the hunting industry has been the subject of intense public debate over ...more

Oribi survey scheduled for September

The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) is hoping to get landowners around the country to focus their attention on South Africa's most threatene...more

Oribi translocated to more suitable reserves

The Oribi Working Group (OWG), a multidisciplinary Oribi conservation coalition which falls under the Endangered Wildlife Trust's (EWT) Thre...more

Orpen Camp Info

The camps in the Central Business Unit comprise Orpen, with two satellite camps, Maroela (camping) and Tamboti (tented camp), Satara, Talama...more

Orpen Gate

Since the early 1990s the Kruger Park has been hoping to move and upgrade the Orpen Gate of the Kruger National Park. There have been numero...more

Orphaned Elephants Forced to Forge New Bonds

Molecular Ecology, reveal that the negative effects of poaching persist for decades after the killing has ended...more

Our Planet Reviewed

International Year of Biodiversity, the National Museum of Natural History and Pro-Natura International are working in partnership with IUCN...more

Over 320 Fines Issued Before New Year In Kruger

Living up to executive director Dr Bandile Mkhize's promise that guests breaking the laws of the Kruger National Park (KNP) would be shown n...more

Overpopulation a Bigger Threat than Aids

Never mind HIV/Aids, Africa is likely to remain poverty-stricken if better family planning is not practised.This is the opinion of John Clel...more

Ox wagon route attempted

The most recent trip by the Nelspruit Autotec 4x4 Club followed the historical ox wagon route to Maputo and tested the offroaders skills to ...more

Park Signs Memorandum Of Understanding To Benefit Communities

Communities bordering the Park will be the main beneficiaries of an agreement signed in the Kruger National Park (KNP), specifically relatin...more

Park still searching for Crocodile Killer

There is no sign that the recent crocodile die-offs in the Kruger National Park (KNP) are abating...more

Participate in Managing your Water Resources

The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) has called for water users to stand up and take part in decisions that affect them throu...more

Passports for Penguins

Ground-breaking technology that will enable biologists to identify and monitor large numbers of endangered animals...more

Patterns of the bush

Two weeks ago the sunbirds were starting to collect spider-webs with which to start building operations...more

Peer Keeps Children Off The Streets Through Song And Dance

Peer Mkhonto is an extraordinary man who has risen from his own hard beginnings to help other children in need. Today, he is in charge of a ...more

Pel's Fishing Owl Survey A Disappointment

A recent survey in the far north of the Kruger National Park for one of the birds most highly prized by birders, the elusive Pel's fishing o...more

Pen pals meet up

Thirty years later, Sonja Sussens and Marsena Hubbard are still corresponding between South Africa and the United States. They became pen pa...more

People and animal interactions affect water quality

In northern Botswana's Chobe river region, the river is the only source of water during the dry season - a source of life, for humans and an...more

People in Kruger

Skukuza, Kgalagadi and the Sanparks Forums have put together cricket teams to play against each other at Skukuza on February 24...more

People in Kruger

I could see Addy Ndlovu was a happy man in the kitchen at Shishangaan, an old military base in the Kruger National Park. Smiling continually...more

Pesticide and herbicide resistance

In her book “Living Downstream” American ecologist Sandra Steingraber records that less than 20 insect species showed pesticide resistan...more

Phalaborwa Eco-Schools Get Funding Boost

The five schools in Namakgale and Lulekani outside Phalaborwa that are involved in the international Eco-Schools programme are on their way ...more

Phalaborwa Gate to be Upgraded

The Phalaborwa gate was voted as the gate of the year in the Kruger National Park last year. As the third busiest entrance to the park, it i...more

Phalaborwa learners join Eco-Schools programme

Primary and secondary schools in Namakgale outside Phalaborwa have become the latest learning institutions to venture into the Eco-Schools p...more

Phalaborwa Lodge Committed to Helping Community

Phalaborwa lodge committed to helping community November will see the official opening of the new building at Kokwana Day Care centre...more

Phalaborwa Residents Commemorate Arbor Day

Approximately 200 people participated in the Arbor Day festivities at the Lulekani Community Hall where residents from the greater Phalaborw...more

Phalaborwas learners introduced to science careers

About 1,500 learners from around Phalaborwa got the opportunity to find out about careers in the scientific field during National Science We...more

Phineas Saves Workers From Buffalo Attack

A team from Working for Water had a narrow escape while removing alien plants in the Mhalalakhuhu (where the chickens sleep) area. The team ...more

Picnics and Baboons

When Scott, Marolyn, Christy and Bobby were all visiting us we used to go on gameviewing drives almost daily. The best time for a short driv...more

Pilanesberg Elephants Heading Back Home

On the late afternoon of November 7, 2005, eight of the burnt Pilanesberg elephants were heading back to the Pilanesberg National Park...more

Pink Elephant Frolics in Crocodile River

A rare sight greeted Odette Joubert as she sat down for breakfast - a pink elephant. The small pink elephant, about a month old, came down t...more

Pink gown tradition revived

If you had to define the ideal romance novel hero, chances are a ranger will win significant votes. And with good reason...more

Planned Burning Breaks Kruger’s Veld Up Into A Mosaic

At the moment, about a fifth of the Kruger National Park's 19,500km2 has been consumed by fire. Most fires have been planned patch burns ign...more

Planning an elephant bloodbath after the 2010 FIFA World Cup

After a series of uninformed, emotional and identical letters of accusations against South African National Parks (SANParks), I felt that it...more

Plans for new Orpen gate proceed

Plans for the movement of the Orpen Gate from its present position to a new location several kilometres back along the tar road are proceedi...more

Plant-a-Pledge Campaign Launched

Ahead of the Rio+20 Earth Summit, campaign ambassador Bianca Jagger, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Airbus la...more

Playing globally, winning locally showcased at tourism indaba

“I stand before you after a phenomenal year for tourism in South Africa, to which every one of you made a significant contribution. Intern...more

Plundered Cycads

The last, exceptionally large, surviving cycad specimen of the Mariepskop variety of Encephalartos laevofolius has been hacked apart in a fo...more

Poacher Shot and Killed in Kruger

Kruger National Park rangers and operators from South African National Parks corporate investigation services (CIS) shot and killed a poache...more

Poacher shot in Kruger

On June 14, rangers in the Kruger National Park (KNP) wounded a suspected rhino poacher. He was shot in the arm, hip and shoulder....more

Poachers Caught

On Sunday, September 26, Pafuri field rangers found familiar human tracks in the Vlakteplaas region where three rhinos have been poached in ...more

Poachers Plunder Rare Plants

Rhino poaching has grabbed headlines across the world. But there are other species that may not survive people's arbitrary actions...more

Poachers target summer impala lily

The winter impala lily, (Adenium obesum), is a feature of most Kruger Park rest camps and can be found all over the park...more

Poachers threaten recently discovered rare Saola

Two decades after the discovery of an ungulate species called the Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis), this rare animal is sliding towards extin...more

Poaching undermines wildlife-based land uses in Mozambique

A new TRAFFIC study, led by Peter Lindsey and Carlos Bento, implores the Mozambican government to review it's hunting coutada areas and zone...more

Pocket Money For Poaching Prevention

When Robin Cook saw the first tin pleading for donations for the anti-poaching programmes in the Park he was hooked. Since that day in Mopan...more

Points To Ponder

In the field of Conservation, Wildlife Management, Earthcare call it what you want as in most other 'disciplines', there is a general tenden...more

Poisoned Vultures Tagged and Released

On November 4, 2005 the 17 Vultures that survived a massive poisoning event were released back into the wild sporting new bright yellow iden...more

Policymakers are relying too heavily on predictions of the impacts of climate change

As a result, they are claiming they need more research and more predictions before they can take action – and when policies are made, too ...more

Politicians unite and scientists speak up

If all goes to plan, political leaders at December's United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP15) will agree to a successo...more

Politics is a key factor in biodiversity

Politics influence biodiversity. Political decisions directly impact on man's interaction with the environment, through policies ranging fro...more

Pompom weed – a rapidly increasing menace

Pompom weed is an invasive weed of grasslands, savanna and wetlands that threatens conservation and agriculture in South Africa...more

Poor Breeding Seasons For Birds A Worry For Conservationists

Two papers published recently in BirdLife International's quarterly birding journal highlight a problem faced by conservationists trying to ...more

Poor people Arise and help the Letaba River

Over 100 of the poorest people in the Giyani area have already been employed in a poverty alleviation programme that will have direct benefi...more

Population of Animals

Satellite imagery may be the next tool that biologists use to monitor endangered animal populations. The Bronx Zoo-Based Wildlife Conservati...more

Positive Aspects of Elephants ... an Experiment

There is a perceived threat that the continuous growth of elephant populations could have a detrimental effect to other species in the syste...more

Positive vibes from hunting hearing

The Panel of Experts (POE) on professional and recreational hunting was given much food for thought on August 11 and 12, 2005...more

Possible Incident Of Bovine TB In Mozambican Buffalo

In a recent disease survey of the buffalo in the Mozambican Limpopo National Park adjoining the Kruger National Park , the blood taken from...more

Post-Graduate Conservation Scholarships Available

Competition will be stiff, but the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) currently has eight graduate scholarships available for students who ...more

Potable water for the people in the park

The Kruger National Park (KNP) gets some of its drinking water from the six major rivers that flow through the park, namely the Crocodile, S...more

Potential R5 Million counter poaching donation

The SANParks Honorary Rangers along with Unitrans Volkswagen and Audi Division, have entered into an on-going Sponsorship Agreement, whereby...more

Powers of Scent in Animals

Scent and Smell play a very important role in most systems. Despite generally reduced olfactory senses due to abuse and industrial bombardme...more

Praying mantis males risk more if they're denied mating access

Male prying mantis that had not had recent access to females are more likely to engage in risky mating behaviour than those who who had dail...more

Precious Moments on the Nyalaland Wilderness Trail

Walking the Nyalaland Wilderness Trail in Kruger National Park often results in an experience greater than observing animals and plant life ...more

Predator or prey relationships

As scientists warn that the Earth is on the brink of a period of mass extinctions, they are struggling to identify ecosystem responses to en...more

Predators Do More Than Kill Prey

The direct effect predators have on their prey is to kill them. The evolutionary changes that can result from this direct effect include pre...more

Prepare your garden spade for Arbor Week

The first week of September will see school children and responsible adults from around the country hauling out their spades in celebration ...more

Prestigious Lodges Snapped Up By Dubai Company

Dubai World Africa, the African subsidiary of Dubai World, one of the world's largest holding companies,has acquired major shareholdings in ...more

Pretorius Kop Best Camp in Kruger 2004

Mixing young and old blood in the top echelons of management could be one of many elements that made Pretoriuskop stand out as Best Camp in ...more

Pretoriuskop Soccer Team Gets A Kick Start

Martha Makhubebu, owner of the Mkhuhlu Filling Station, has sponsored the Pretoriuskop soccer team with a full kit for the sporting year...more

Priceless Roan Antelope Sighting

I went to Kruger (far northern part) as a day visitor on the 24th September 2007. While at Shingwedzi, I bought Kruger Park Times, volume 4,...more

Priceless Sighting

The biggest groups of the 26 remaining free-ranging southern roan antelope in the park were sighted on June 19 near Babalala at about midday...more

Primates In Peril

The world's 25 most endangered primates have been revealed in a new report released at the UN's Convention on Biological Diversity COP11 on ...more

Princess Takamado explores South Africas bird life

Japan's princess Takamado recently visited several important bird sites in South Africa. The princess has been the honorary president of Bir...more

Professional hunters urged to support conservation

The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk asked professional hunters to become allies in conservation and to...more

Projects Will Give New Insight Into Elephant Management

Three new projects are currently on the go in the Kruger National Park (KNP) that hope to shed light on some of the important issues that su...more

Proposed Buffalo Cull Raises Concerns

At least 70 buffalo are scheduled to be destroyed by state veterinary authorities on
state land adjoining Balule Private Nature Reserve...more

Protected white water lily spotted in Kruger

There has been a great deal of excitement in the northern parts of the park with the discovery of a water lily....more

Protecting Pepper Bark Trees

At the back of the Skukuza nursery there is an unassuming row of planting sheds, which most visitors simply pass by without ever knowing its...more

Public tip-off lead to confiscation of 10 000 units of abalone

Public awareness and tip-offs lead to the confiscation of more than 10 000 units of abalone and the arrest of four men, one a Chinese nation...more

Punda Maria Bird Hide

The new bird hide at Punda Maria has yet to be officially opened, but visitors to the park can enjoy the passing parade of birds and mammals...more

R2 Million Boost For The Southern African Wildlife College

Conservation in Southern Africa has received a R2 million boost thanks to the Professional Hunters Association of Southern Africa (PHASA)...more

R20 Million Medicinal Plant Project Established in Rural Limpopo

Early August, the deputy minister of water and environmental affairs, Rejoice Mabudafashi, opened a R20 million medicinal plant conservation...more

R25 million funding to strengthen forensic war against rhino poachers

South Africa welcomed the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) R25 million funding towards strengthening the current wildlife forensic capabi...more

R250 000 donated to strengthen DNA database in rhino war

Unite Against Poaching handed a cheque of R 250 000 to the Onderstepoort Veterinary Genetics Laboratory of the University of Pretoria on Jul...more

R27 million illegally poached and exported abalone returned to South Africa

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) took possession of a consignment of 2 627.1kg of illegally harvested, processed...more

R55 million assets seized from poachers

In September 2010, Dawie Groenwewald and veterinary surgeons, drs Karel Toet and Manie Du Plessis, appeared in court on 1872 counts of racke...more

R7 Million From Rhino And Buffalo Auction

An auction held in Pretoria has raised R7.2 million for the Sanparks Park Development Fund. The money is earmarked to buy new land for South...more

R800 million allocated to Green Fund

The National Treasury has made R800 million available for the Green Fund over the next two financial years. Speaking ahead of her budget vot...more

Rabies Death Toll Rises In Limpopo

At least 26 people have died of rabies in the Limpopo Province, the majority of them children between the ages of seven and 12. Once rabies ...more

Radar Equipment To Be Installed At Skukuza

Skukuza has been identified by the South African Weather Service as one of three priority locations in the country for a sophisticated rada...more

Radar Station Completed

The new facility in Kruger's research toolkit will have a huge impact on many of the research projects in Kruger, as “rain is the main dri...more

Radio Station Listeners Donate Money For War Against Rhino Poachers

The Kruger National Park's (KNP) managing executive, Abe Sibiya received a cash donation of R105 000 00...more

Rain Affects Gender Ratio of African Buffalo

The amount of rain affects whether more male African buffalo, than female buffalo, are born in Kruger National Park, scientists said...more

Rain Suits And a Brush Cutter Donated

The honorary rangers are well known for their generosity and tireless support of SANParks. Two recent recipients of this generosity were...more

Rainfall Affects The Survival Of Wild Dog Pups

ew research on the wild dog population in the Kruger National Park has revealed that the amount of rain that falls before wild dogs give bir...more

Rainfall In Kruger

The Kruger National Park has more than 30 rainfall stations that record daily rainfall throughout the park. This data is compiled and sent t...more

Ranger dies in tragic accident

David van Blommenstein (29), head ranger of the Thornybush Private Nature Reserve's northern section passed away last week after a tragic ac...more

Rangers commemorate hero

Game rangers in the Kruger National Park (KNP) honoured the memory of Lance Corporal Wilson Ndlovu who was killed in the line of duty on Feb...more

Rangers Diary

When Daniël Mkhancani Chavalala, sergeant at Pafuri section, goes on leave you will most likely find him at a picnic spot somewhere in the ...more

Rangers Diary

The study of water, or hydrology, is a high priority in our arid country and of even greater importance in our protected areas. A detailed a...more

Rangers Diary - Expectant Mom Saves Vet Husband

It was Friday June 29, 2007 at about 09h30 when corporal Wilson Baloyi at Mahlangeni ranger post phoned Karien Keet, section ranger, about a...more

Rangers Diary December 1985

Ranger's Diary: Trails Ranger, Don English, Olifants Trails, Kruger National Park, December 1985. Sunday 1st Day spent at home. First Euopea...more

Rangers Diary on Sleeping Wild

How many people can say they have slept in a Big Five reserve with no fences around them? Who can imagine themselves sitting around a fire w...more

Rangers Diary Skukuza Section December 1959

Ranger's Diary on the Skukuza section of the Kruger National Park, December 1959...more

Rangers honour Oom Louis

The Kruger National Park's (KNP) Nxanatseni South regional ranger, Louis Olivier, was overcome with emotion at the KNP ranger corps annual g...more

Rangers In The Shangoni Section Keep Poachers At Bay

We have to do things differently and we cannot be predictable. This philosophy, combined with a highly motivated field ranger team, has enab...more

Rangers Photo Diary Diary

A day in the life of a Kruger National Park Ranger. Fast food the Kruger ranger way by Steven Whitfield...more

Rangers strut their stuff on Rangers Day

Kruger National Park (KNP) rangers are the conservation ears and eyes of the park. It is their duty to protect and maintain the integrity of...more

Raptor Conservationists Rewarded at Annual Conference

The fourth annual birds of prey conference, hosted by the Endangered Wildlife Trust's Birds of Prey Working Group (EWT-BoPWG), took place in...more

Rare and Invasive Species Workshop Creates Enthusiastic Response

Solly Themba, community facilitator, facilitated a rare and invasive species workshop at the Mhala Science Centre. Attending the workshop we...more

Rare Antelope Released Into Addo

Five pairs of oribi were released into the 1,000ha Langvlakte Contractual Property of the Addo Elephant National Park on July 6, 2006...more

Rare Bird Sighting Brings Joy On River Walk

There are few wildlife sightings in the wilderness that can be guaranteed on a day and date, “as it goes with luck and how much does Mothe...more

Rare Taita Falcon to be Closely Investigated

After being largely ignored for many years by conservation organisations, the Taita Falcon has now become an increasingly important priority...more

Rarely do a restored wetland match conditions of the original

“Once you degrade a wetland, it doesn't recover its normal assemblage of plants or its rich stores of organic soil carbon, which both affe...more

Reasons for legalising the rhino horn trade

John Hume is a game farmer in the Malalane area, south of the Kruger National Park (KNP). He is an ardent proponent for the legalisation of ...more

Red Billed Oxpeckers Fly Into Mountain Zebra National Park

A group of 40 red-billed oxpeckers has been flown into the Mountain Zebra National Park near Cradock in August...more

Reference Database To Identify Origin Of Elephant Ivory

A team of scientists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz is preparing a reference database that allows the identification of the origin o...more

Rehabilitation of the Smallholder Agricultural Scheme at Xai - Xai...

The agricultural irrigation project is in the Gaza province and will be implemented over five years. The project area covers 9000ha. Accordi...more

Reintroduced Cheetah Produce Eight Cubs

The first-ever cheetah cubs have been sighted in Mountain Zebra National Park after cheetah were introduced to the Park in May 2007. Park ra...more

Reintroduction hopes to stabilise southern Botswanas wild dog population

On Saturday, April 5, 2008, 18 African wild dogs were released into the Northern Tuli Game Reserve (NOTUGRE)...more

Relief For Abalone Right Holders

The Minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries approved an additional R6 million as part of Abalone Social Relief for commercial abalon...more

Remarkable Cooperation Averts Buffalo Cull

In a remarkable cooperative venture between private landowners, various government agencies and a large mining company, a potential disease ...more

Report Offers Anti-hijacking Advice

More than half of all vehicle hijackings occur in front of private residences, and in eight months in 1996 there were 8,740 hijackings in So...more

Report to Guide Cheetah and Wild Dog Conservation in South Africa

A new report will guide the way forward for Cheetah and African Wild Dog conservation in South Africa...more

Report's Findings On Tragic 2001 Kruger Fire Released

The final report of the commission of inquiry into the fire that raged through the Pretoriuskop area of the Kruger National Park on Septembe...more

Reptile hunt now on

Beginning this year and continuing until 2008, South Africa's reptiles will be the object of close scrutiny. With over 360 species of reptil...more

Rescued Penguins Return to the Wild

Forty-six African penguins were returned to the wild in September 2012 after being rescued from Bird Island in Addo Elephant National Park. ...more

Research and Rural Upliftment Meet at the Firebreak

SavFIRE or the Savanna Fire Ignition Research Experiment is being conducted in Kruger. This is a collaborative exercise to investigate integ...more

Research Camp in northern Kruger

Many researchers in the Kruger National Park (KNP) are familiar with the Hlanganani Research Station and Laboratory near Shingwedzi. The Ca...more

Research Helps Conservationists Mitigate Bird and Power Line Collisions

Recent noteworthy research is helping the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) to better manage the interactions between birds and electrical inf...more

Research Issues in the Transfrontier Park Reviewed

Representatives from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique met in Skukuza on October 17 to 19 to discuss the research priorities, procedures...more

Research To Help Map The Future

South African National Parks and the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) in conjunction with the Kruger Park Marathon Cl...more

Research Uncovers Surprising Lion Stronghold in War-torn Central Africa

Times are tough for wildlife living at the frontier between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Armies are reportedly encamped...more

Research will investigate principles of economic viability in bioregions

Biodiversity conservation should take place inside and outside protected areas, if biodiversity targets are to be met...more

Researchers Analyse The Environmentalists Paradox

Global degradation of ecosystems is widely believed to threaten human welfare, yet accepted measures of well-being show that it is on averag...more

Researchers Attempt To Solve Rhino Reproduction Mystery

Two researchers are currently travelling throughout South Africa conducting a study that hopes to unravel the mystery of why zoo populations...more

Researchers closer to the ultimate green fridge magnet

Scientists are a step closer to making environmentally-friendly 'magnetic' refrigerators and air conditioning systems a reality...more

Researchers keep eye on collared Charlize

We bring you an update on the movements of Charlize, a collared female elephant, roaming the Associated Private Nature Reserves (APNR) near ...more

Resettlement Project Gets Underway In Limpopo National Park

The Limpopo National Park which comprises one million hectare was upgraded to a national park in 2001 as part of Mozambique's commitment to ...more

Residents visit new wildlife estate development

Roleplayers in Hoedspruit got together at the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate to learn more about the new estate being developed on the edge of t...more

Restored heritage site officially opened

The renovated Masorini site, an archaeological treasure 11km from Phalaborwa towards Letaba Camp in Kruger, was officially opened on Thursda...more

Rhino and Calf Slaughtered

Circling vultures led some Vlakteplaas rangers to two dead rhino, killed in the vicinity of Langtoon Dam in the Far Northern Region of the K...more

Rhino calf stomps fun into facts

Ebenezer Shabangu was scared but she was not letting go of the branch. She could see the black rhino's lip curl around the twigs and edge cl...more

Rhino Horn Dehorning

Find out everything about rhino horn and dehorning of rhino. What is rhino horn made of? Does dehorning deter poachers?...more

Rhino Involved In Automobile Accident

A rhino was recently injured on the H10 tar road south of Tshokwane when a Kruger National Park technical services staff member hit it with ...more

Rhino issue manager conducts about 400 one-on-one consultations

In May this year, minister of water and environmental affairs, Edna Molewa, appointed Mavuso Msimang, from retirement as Rhino Issue Manager...more

Rhino poaching - South Africans demand action

Another 150 rangers will be deployed in the Kruger National Park (KNP) to strengthen the first level of defense against ruthless poachers gu...more

Rhino Poaching Electrify fence

About 300 rhinos will probably be poached this year. So predicted South Africa's deputy director on biodiversity and conservation, Fundisile...more

Rhino Poaching Update

Read more on the latest news, facts and figures on Rhino Poaching and Rhino conservation both globally and in South Africa and Kruger Nation...more

Rhino Revolution

Rhino Revolution was born from the heartbreaking and escalating surge of rhino poaching in 2011 in the Hoedspruit area and surrounds, which ...more

Rhino War Intensifies

In the next few months, Kruger National Park (KNP) staff will fit high-tech tracking devices to a large number of rhinos in Kruger...more

Rhinoceroses in South Africa Under Seige

There is a way of thinking within South African environmental authorities that promotes the killing of rhinos rather than protecting and res...more

Rhinos on the rise in Africa but northern white nears extinction

African rhinos have reached record numbers for the first time in decades, but the northern white rhino, Ceratotherium simum cottoni, is on t...more

Rhinos ready for Zambia

Five South African black rhino (Diceros bicornis minor) are adjusting in the bomas at Skukuza in the Kruger National Park (KNP)...more

Rift Valley Fever No Namibian Beef Goat Meat For South Africa

The veterinary import permits for venison, beef, mutton and goat meat not slaughtered at South African approved abattoirs have been cancelle...more

Road ecology under discussion to reduce roadkills

It's not often one travels a few days in the Kruger National Park (KNP) and is spared the unwelcome sight of a roadkill. This is not a sight...more

Roll Up And Take A Safari In The Mobile Hotel

42 German tourists rolled into Hoedspruit in a luxury coach-hotel on Tuesday January 9. The coach belongs to a company called Rotel Tours, a...more

Roof top tomatoes, can it work

German engineer Volkmar Keuter believes it can. “What could be fresher?” In his mind he sees an IT guy signing off for the day, taking t...more

Roy Bengis...A gentleman and a scholar

It may be a an old and hackneyed phrase, but the description “a gentleman and a scholar” perfectly fits Dr Roy Bengis, the chief state v...more

Rules and Regulations of the KNP

No day visitor shall be allowed to enter the park with liquor. Declare all firearms/weapons of any sort at the entrance gate. Visitors using...more

Running on Rocket Fuel

Nature's currency is energy, and in theory, keeping the cost of living low leaves more in the “piggy bank” for reproduction...more

SA Again Commits To 34 Percent Emission Reduction

South Africa's minister of water and environmental affairs, Edna Molewa, reiterated the country's commitment to reduce emissions by 34 perce...more

SA minister considers moratorium on rhino hunting

A recently held meeting of the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs and the provincial MECs responsible for environment (MINMEC) has ...more

SA Savanna Scientists Meet Their Tanzanian Counterparts

A delegation from South African National Parks consisting of eleven people and one representative from the Agricultural Research Council , e...more

SA shines at regional World Travel Awards ceremony

South Africa swept the board at the World Travel Awards Africa and Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony in Johannesburg...more

SA to Lift Moratorium on Elephant Culling

As of May 1, 2008, a moratorium that was placed on the culling of elephants in 1995 will be lifted. This was one of the options in the fina...more

SA Tourism CEO resigns

Ms Thandiwe January-Mclean, chief executive officer of South African Tourism announced her resignation from the organisation on June 14 2011...more

Sable And Other Species In Punda Maria Under Surveillance

Recently four more collared animals were added to a study currently underway to monitor the declining sable numbers around Punda Maria. Sabl...more

Sable and Roan Researchers Pleased with Recent Sightings

In February 2007 a special data logging collar which records the daily movements of the animal, using GPS co-ordinates, was fitted to a sabl...more

Sable antelope bull sold for R3 million

A sable antelope (Hippotragus niger kirkii) bull was sold for R3 million at the annual Gravelotte game auction...more

Sables Collared

Kruger's game capture team collared six sable three weeks ago. Three sable, two from one herd, were collared in the Punda Maria area and the...more

SADC to form common elephant management policy

Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries are uniting to try and resolve elephant management strategies. The Agencia de Inform...more

Saddle Billed Stork Photographic Survey Finds 55 Birds In South

The saddle-billed stork photographic survey that took place in the Kruger National Park (KNP) from September 2009 to September 2010 has been...more

Saddle billed Stork Survey Underway

The saddle-billed stork is a prized sighting in the Kruger National Park (KNP). Visitors can now share their good fortune in support of scie...more

Saddle Billed Stork Survey Update

The Endangered Wildlife Trust and SANParks started a photographic survey of saddle-billed storks in the Kruger National Park (KNP) on Septem...more

Safari Elephant injures Student

A routine training session with elephants at Elephants for Africa Forever (Efaf) in Mooketsi, near Duiwelskloof turned into tragedy for a yo...more

Samango Monkeys in Kruger Park

Paging through an old Custos magazine we came across an article about the reintrodruction of Samango monkeys into Kruger, and wondered what ...more

SANBI appointed as national implementing entity for UNFCCC adaptation fund

Edna Molewa, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs welcomed the accreditation of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SA...more

Sand, snakes and soccer surprise 4x4 enthusiasts

The 15 vehicles and 20 competitors from the Goodyear 4x4 Eco-Challenge spent half of this year's off-road competition in the Kruger National...more

SANDF To Resume Patrol Of South Africas Borders

In April this year, soldiers resumed regular patrols of South Africa's borders. Defence and military veterans minister Lindiwe Sisulu and me...more

SANParks and Wetlands

In 1996 it was estimated that more than half of South Africa's wetlands had disappeared. Wetlands are one of the planet's most productive ec...more

SANParks apologises to Wild Card members

Following a year long challenge with the issuing of Wild Cards to loyal nature lovers, South African National Parks (SANParks) has come clea...more

SANParks charge levy from visitors to reach out to communities

All new accommodation and activity bookings made with arrival date of 01 June 2012 onwards with SANParks will include a 1 percent community ...more

SANParks opposes proposal to mine coal at Mapungubwe

South African National Parks (SANParks) is challenging an ap- plication for a R3 trillion mining operation to be established at the entrance...more

SANParks Products Revamped

Taking their cue from recent trends, SANParks are upgrading many of its products, focusing on an environmentally friendly and value for mone...more

Sanparks puts Kruger’s restaurants into liquidation

Nature's Group, the company that has run all the restaurants in the Kruger National Park (KNP) for the last four years has gone into liquida...more

SANParks salutes pioneering wildlife vet

Toni Harthoorn, a wildlife veterinarian died in Pretoria at the age of 89. Harthoorn will be remembered for being part of a team that develo...more

SANParks says its new zoning plan for Kruger is not controversial

Following publicity on the new Kruger National Park (KNP) Zoning Plan, South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to put on record t...more

SANParks supports social science students with R1million bursary

Themba Mabilane, chief financial officer at South African National Parks (SANParks), handed over R1 million to the University of Pretoria (U...more

SANParks to auction rhino buffalo

South African National Parks (SANParks) will auction twenty white rhino from the Kruger National Park (KNP) as well as eland bulls from Moun...more

SAPS Personnel leaving the Kruger Park amidst rhino poaching crisis

Despite the high incidence of rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park, which was reported this week as having already exceeding 280 rhino...more

SAs population closer to 50 million mark

South Africa's population has increased by about 530 000 people to 49.99 million, according to Statistics South Africa's Mid-Year Population...more

SAs Rarest Breeding Bird Investigated

Helicopters, birding telescopes, sunscreen and patience have all been deployed in a two-week long search for South Africa's rarest breeding ...more

Satara guest house destroyed by fire

Frankel House in Satara camp was burnt to the ground in the early morning of December 18, 2004. Although unoccupied at the time of the fire,...more

Satara Staff Celebrate Best Camp Award

The Satara staff celebrated both the end of 2005 and their achievement as being chosen best camp for 2005 on the last day of December. The p...more

Satara staff start social club

All staff members at Satara Camp have been invited to take part in a new social club being organised by hospitality manager, Thabo Lawrence....more

Satellite transmitters fitted to Karoo blue cranes

The Endangered Wildlife Trust's South African Crane Working Group (EWT-SACWG) fitted satellite transmitters to five adult blue cranes...more

Satellites May Help Pilots Avoid Storms

Pilots may soon be able to avoid rain and turbulence if a new method of analysing satellite data takes off. Developed by scientists at the U...more

Savanna Fires a Hot Topic in New Research Collaboration

Geographers from the University of Leicester are to use state-of-the-art technology to investigate how climate change is affecting the Kruge...more

Savannas and Forests in a Battle of the Biomes

Climate change, land use and other human-driven factors could pit savannas and forests against each other by altering the elements to stabil...more

Save the Elephants - South Africa Foundation

Since 1998, Steve and Michelle Henley of Save the Elephants - South Africa have studied elephant movements over the 35 000 km2 that make up ...more

Saving Buffalo from Bovine Tuberculosis

For the last five years Dr Lin-Mari de Klerk- Lorist has devoted her time to the study of bovine tuberculosis (BTB) in buffalo, with the hop...more

Saving endangered plants by deep freezing

With a career spanning more than three decades, Patricia Berjak has devoted her professional life to the study of seeds the basis of commerc...more

Saving the planet and money

As South Africans grapple with huge hikes in their electricity bills, the residents of an informal settlement on the outskirts of Cape Town ...more

Scaly Sighting Excites

Last October my wife and I had our first vacation in South Africa: Three weeks in the Kruger Park. The Wolhuter trail was an experience we w...more

Scene Around

Stoffel and Catie du Plessis were the oldest contestants in the Tour de Drakensig cycle race on June 16. Stoffel (71) cycles 92km twice a da...more

Scene Around - People of Kruger

Visitors and Kruger staff joined in a day of fun and games during the Munghana Lonene FM's live broadcast on Sunday June 12. The Skukuza Soc...more

Schools Rewarded For Commitment To The Environment

The Eco-Schools flag is awarded in recognition of schools who have committed to improving environmental learning and action through their cu...more

Science In Kruger

What could be a better example of a win-win situation in the wild than an oxpecker busily removing ticks from the back of a buffalo...more

Science in Kruger

Kruger Park lions are in the spotlight again. This time, it's what they like to eat that's the question. As part of a collaborative study...more

Science In The Kruger

While on an early morning game drive on the farm Rothsay, we came across a large elephant bull being accompanied by two younger askaris...more

Science needs to mitigate, adapt and thrive to ensure sustainability

“The scientific evidence for action is clear and stark. Our only options are to mitigate, adapt and thrive,” said Yuan Tseh Lee, Presid...more

Science Week Makes An Impact On Phalaborwas Schoolchildren

National Science Week keeps getting better and better in Phalaborwa, thanks to the tireless efforts of organisers who this year brought arou...more

Scientific Paper Describes Moving Tale Of Elephant Death

Fireside tales and anecdotal evidence of how elephants show concern for other distressedo r dying elephants have been backed up by a paper r...more

Scientist Debunks The Myth Of Elephants Drunk On Marulas

Can Elephants Get Drunk On Marulas? Elephants become drunk when they forage on the fruit of the marula tree - this is an ongoing myth and ta...more

Scientists Figure out how to Keep Track of the Slow Changes in Vegetation

There are countless numbers of trees and shrubs growing in the two million hectares of the Kruger National Park. Just how to best survey thi...more

Scientists Find Elephants Chat With Individual Rumbles

Elephants prefer to chat to elephants that they have known for a long time. This has been revealed in a study carried out at Walt Disney's A...more

Scientists Prove that Crocodile Hatchling Calls are Significant

For the first time, researchers have shown that the pre-hatching calls of baby Nile crocodiles actually mean something to their siblings and...more

Scientists Suggest New Age for East African Rift

The Great Rift Valley of East Africa may have taken much longer to develop than previously believed, according to a new study that was led b...more

Scorpions inspire scientists to find better erosion-resistant surfaces

The yellow fat tail scorpion is amongst the most dangerous in the world. It is found in the dry and desert areas of Africa and the Middle-Ea...more

Seabirds threatened

Seabirds are more threatened than any other group of birds. That is according to the findings of a major new review published in the scienti...more

Search for distressed elephant

The uproar over a cow elephant in distress at a game reserve abutting the Kruger National Park took another turn on Tuesday, with the animal...more

Searching and discovering Kruger

David Mabunda, chief executive director of the Kruger National Park (KNP), reminded recipients and guests at the annual KNP awards ceremony ...more

Second Wildlife Expo for Limpopo

Limpopo Tourism and Parks held its second wildlife expo in Vaalwater from May 24 to May 28, 2005. At the wildlife management conference park...more

Secrets of the giant squid revealed

The giant squid, creature of myth and legend, has been captured on film for the first time by Japanese researchers working off the Bonin Isl...more

Section Ranger 2004 JOE NKUNA

Joe Nkuna, section ranger based at Letaba Camp, was named best ranger in Kruger last year. Tall and friendly, Joe is a familiar face to many...more

Section Ranger Learns About Seychelles Wildlife

Malelane section ranger Bruce Leslie is currently in the Seychelles on a skills exchange programme, which will see him sharing the knowledge...more

Section Rangers Across Sanparks Improve Performance

After travelling 23 992km, scrutinising 57 ranger stations and interviewing 448 rangers, Arrie Schreiber was happy to report the results of ...more

Seeds Efficient Hitch Hikers

Just returned from a walk to have a look at the effect of water run-off after recent heavy rain. Waterfalls are running after a few dry year...more

Seriously threatened grasslands receive attention

With the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) declaring in November last year that the grasslands biome is one of the most ...more

Service excellence rewarded at the Welcome awards

The very popular Northern Cape guide, Conraad Mouton, walked away with top honours in the tourist guide category of the annual Welcome Award...more

Shangaan Perspective

Over 40 decades ago some of the Shangaan people made their living through hunting game. It was not easy for their children to get a proper e...more

Sharp scientists tackle thorny issues at annual science network meeting

Complexity, resilience, the increasing usefulness of new tools such as remote sensing in ecological science and showing a broader view of bi...more

Sharpen Your Bird-spotting Skills For National Bird Week

In the first week of May every year BirdLife South Africa tries to get as many South Africans as possible from all walks of life aflutter wi...more

Shimuwini Voted Best Bush Camp 2004

Shimuwini “the place of the baobab” was voted the best bush camp in Kruger for 2004. Last year the camp was managed by Phanuel Nkuna, wh...more

Shine For Charity

About 200 women, dressed in their best ball gowns, had a whale of a time 'on board the Titanic' - all for the sake of charity...more

Shingwedzi of the 1950s

Whilst at Shingwedzi, my wife was shown an old black-and-white photo of the original circle of accommodation units. We were fascinated by th...more

Shocking rise in rhino poaching leads to formation of new unit

Ruthless and highly organised criminals are butchering South Africa's rhinos at an alarming and escalating rate...more

Shooting in Kruger

The National Joint Operational Centre has opened an inquest docket into the deaths of a Kruger National Park (KNP) ranger and a member of th...more

Siltation in the Olifants River to be studied

Tenders are being invited to study the effect that the silt in the Phalaborwa Barrage is having on the aquatic life downstream in the Olifan...more

Singing the splendours of Southern African Conservation

The community choir of the Matsamo/Mantenga cultural parks between Swaziland and South Africa will be taking the newly established transfron...more

Singita Chef Scoops Coveted Rising Chef Trophy

Clinton Drake, head chef of Singita Lebombo Lodge in the Kruger National Park, has won the coveted title of Relais & Châteaux rising chef 2...more

Six elephants shot after Breakout

A family group of six elephants that broke out of the Kruger National Park (KNP) was shot on Friday September 9, 2005. The elephants had tra...more

Six New Kruger Tuskers Named

Six elephants have been added to the Kruger National Park's (KNP) list of upcoming tuskers, courtesy of the enthusiastic participation of vi...more

Six rhinos for Marakele

Early mornings in Kruger, just before sunrise, the sounds around the camps signal the start of a new day. Amidst monkeys and birds chatterin...more

Six Weeks and 1900 Traps Reveal Myriad Creepy Crawlies

For six weeks in June and July this year, the biodiversity survey team was busy in the south of the Kruger National Park looking at all the ...more

Skinny snakes and gaunt geckos

As an erratic and unusually warm 'winter' merges into spring, it is encouraging to see many wild species resuming their seasonal cycles of r...more

Skukuza Congregation Celebrates 20 years With Coral Tree

For the children of the Pro-Vita Sunday school in the Skukuza staff village in the Kruger National Park, Arbor Day held special significance...more

Skukuza Cricket Pitch Hosts International Match

For the fifth year running, boys from Devon toured South Africa to meet their cricket counterparts on the fields of Cape Town and Skukuza in...more

Skukuza Learners Rewarded

The impalas are lambing and summer rains are starting, but it is the end of the year for the pupils at the Skukuza Primary School who held t...more

Skukuza Track and Field Stars Shine

Over the last two weeks Skukuza Primary held their field and track events for their inter-house athletics meeting. Six records were broken a...more

Slithering to freedom

On Friday, April 4 Donald and Juanita Strydom from Hoedspruit's Khamai Reptile Park took a rather unusual trip to Phalaborwa...more

Small Ambassadors Promote The Big Five

Did you know the South African Post Office prints about 380 million postage stamps a year?  The Post Office chose the Kruger National Park ...more

Small Sluggish and Useful Flies

Most of us are familiar with those small, sluggish, triangular-shaped flies that hang around toilets and drains...more

Snare Removed from Lion

Predators such as lions are particularly susceptible to being caught in wire snares which are usually set for antelope such as impala or kud...more

Snared leopard released back into wild

A leopard that had been preying on dogs and cats in the town of Phalaborwa at the end of last year has now been released back into the wild....more

Snares Removed From Wild Dogs in Southern KNP

Vets from Sanparks Veterinary Wildlife Services, based in Skukuza, were called out in mid October to remove two snares that were seen on two...more

Sniffer Dog Team Against Rhino Poacher Steps Up

The Endangered Wildlife Trust's (EWT) and the African Consultancy for Transportation Security (ACTS), a cargo screening company that uses sn...more

Sniffer dog to assist with tracking poached rhino horn

The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) will be using a sniffer dog to assist in its anti-rhino poaching campaign. Rico the Wildlife Sniffer Dog...more

Snow leopards spotted on Mt Everest

Fifteen years of constant searching have finally paid off for doctoral student Som Ale, who has finally seen the elusive snow leopard in the...more

Soccer Kits Donated To Nxanatseni Region

Kruger's Nxanatseni region soccer players and supporters met at the Letaba soccer fields on Saturday, September 16, 2006 to celebrate as Jur...more

Social Networking Site for Researchers

myExperiment, the social networking site for scientists, has set out to challenge traditional ideas of academic publishing as it enters a ne...more

Social Research In SANParks

Research projects are not a strange phenomena in South Africa's national parks. In fact, the quality and volume of research projects...more

Soekie Schoeman...40 years in Kruger

Soekie Schoeman, a staff member in the Kruger National Park (KNP) technical department for the last 40 years, knows the Park like few others...more

Solomon sparks at Hamiltons

Solomon Ntuli (41) has been working in the Kruger National Park since 1987, rising through the ranks as time progressed. Starting off as a g...more

Solving Hydrogen storage Limit to Power Green Cars

Hydrogen fuel, because its only byproduct is steam, should be the ultimate in green alternatives to fossil fuels, but it hasn't delivered on...more

Some Great Sightings By the Wildlife Paparazzi

It was with great pleasure we learnt that during this festive season, the Park was again packed with wildlife enthusiasts. South Africans as...more

Some hints for an enjoyable stay and wildlife experience in Kruger Park

Read the basic guidelines or rules of the Kruger Park that are handed out at the gates on entering. Transgressions are punishable with fines...more

Something to Brag About - The World's Biggest Collection of Dung

When scientists around the world think of dung, they think of Jim Mead. Mead, a researcher at Northern Arizona University, is one of the wor...more

South Africa Commits to Find Solutions For Rhino Poaching

After the loss of 668 rhino to poaching in 2012, South Africa and Vietnam signed an agreement in hopes of saving the rhino...more

South Africa needs to foster regional tourism

Development in the tourism sector must be accelerated to diversify South Africa's economy and contribute towards job creation, says Minister...more

South Africa reaches out to Indian tourism market

The number of Indian tourists travelling from India to South Africa has steadily increased by over 122 percent between 2005 and 2010 and Sou...more

South Africa to host G20 Tourism Meeting in 2010

South Africa has been elected as the Africa representative to the executive council of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)...more

South Africa to produce cleaner fuels from maize

Farmers sitting on several million tonnes of surplus maize have been thinking up new ways to dispose of the crop, and their attention has tu...more

South Africa Tourism Snippets

South African Tourism products have recently been featured prominently in different parts of the world, thus enhancing the country's status ...more

South Africa wants to diversify energy supply

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe visited Ghana in April to explore opportunities that will further diversify the country's energy supply...more

South African Tourism makes two key appointments to boost industry relations

South African Tourism announced the appointment of Neesha Padayachy to the position of Global Manager: Product and Sadiq Dindar to the posit...more

South African Wildlife College Students Visit Kruger

The close proximity of the South African Wildlife College to the Kruger National Park provides excellent opportunities for practical excurs...more

South Africans urged to promote their cultures

Despite the recession in the world, we have seen that there are emerging markets that are being opened to us and we were helped by our expos...more

South Africas biodiversity and conservation legal environment

The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) concluded an intensive scoping investigation evaluating the effectiveness of compliance monitoring and e...more

South Africas bustards threatened

South Africa's bustards are in trouble, with six of the country's ten species listed in the South African Red Data Book...more

South Africas Devils Worm makes Top 10 species list

South Africa's Devil's Worm, Halicephalobus mephisto, made the Top 10 new species list for 2011 run and released by the the International In...more

South Africas Everest summiteers collaborate for wild dog conservation

What in the world could ever link Africa's wild dog to the world famous Himalayan Mount Everest? Ask South Africa's Vaughan de la Harpe, who...more

South Africas first wind farm in operation

South Africa's first wind farm is in operation. Construction on the project, which is situated near Darling in the Western Cape, started in ...more

South Africas jumping cockroach makes top ten

Cape Town's offering on the 2010 Top 10 species list is a 'flying' cockroach - well almost flying. Saltoblattella montistabularis is a new ...more

South Africas Sumbandila satellite lifts off

South Africa made history on the September 17, 2009 with the successful launch into space of its low-earth orbiting satellite, SumbandilaSat...more

South Africas Vultures in the Spotlight

Birders and conservationists in South Africa will know by now that the first Saturday of September every year is International Vulture Aware...more

Southern Africa Bird Atlas 2 Project Records One Millionth Bird

Just two years ago, an exciting project was initiated to map the distribution of birds in Southern Africa using the efforts of keen civil so...more

Southern African Rock Art Facts

Read about some interesting Did you know Southern African rock art facts. San artists used fingers, animal hair brushes, stick and feathers ...more

Southern Cross Schools Bush Banquet

Southern Cross Schools Bush Banquet 2006....and the winners are...The Tammy Trophy For The Best Overall Food in the Golden Orb Category...more

Southern ground hornbill African penguin Ludwigs bustard move closer to extinction

Three of South Africa's flagship bird species have moved closer to extinction, according to the 2010 IUCN Red List...more

Special Krugerrands mark the parks 110th birthday

It is not everyday that a silver medallion is tossed into a river intentionally. Sydney Soundy, chief operating officer of SANParks...more

Special School Goes for Green

A visually impaired teacher, Hulisani Netshituni, addressed the gathering and described how Tshilidzini Special School was improving their e...more

Species down disease up

The decline of species and their habitats may not just make the world boring. New research now suggests it may also put you at greater risk ...more

Specks in the sky

The lowveld, with its clear skies (except during the winter inversions) is an ideal area for 'sky watching', assisted by a 'scope' or good p...more

Spider Snapshots Wanted

Members of the public are being encouraged to take photos of spiders, scorpions and sun spiders (solifuges), as well as any other eight-leg...more

Spider-hunting Wasps

All ants, bees and wasps belong to the suborder Apocrita in the order Hymenoptera. The 'spider-hunting wasps' are all classified under the f...more

Spot a Saddle billed Stork and Support Science

Join the Endangered Wildlife Trust and SANParks in a photographic survey of Saddle-billed Storks in the Kruger National Park...more

Spot the fake greenie

Want to spot a fake greenie? Watch their body language, next time they claim to care about the environment...more

Spot The Spider

Think about spiders, members of the second most abundant and diverse group of animals that roam the earth. With more than 5,000 species to c...more

Spotlight on Crocodile Bridge

This small camp in the southeastern section of Kruger is situated on the banks of the Crocodile River. The game viewing is renowned for its ...more

Spotlight On Kruger Park Cheetahs

The Kruger National Park is an important refuge for cheetahs in South Africa but is far more densely wooded than the Serengeti, where the ma...more

Spread the environmental word with hands-on experience

Lee Dicks, manager of Tintswalo Lodge in the Manyeleti is not a man to take half measures...more

Spread The Word

Mopane worm marmite. Toast will never be the same again – at least if research follows through on current plans to diversify the number of...more

Spring talent festival

The first annual Spring Talent festival held at the Kamogelo Centre in Hoedspruit had a great start according to the Festival committee. Wit...more

Spring Time Again

The knobthorns are in full bloom again, heralding in a new season of hope and expectancy. Among over seventy species of Acacia in South Afri...more

Springboks Thrive While Other Antelope Face Extinction

A quarter of all antelope species are threatened with extinction, according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species...more

Sri Lankan Secretary To The Environment Tours Lowveld

A group of nine politically high profile international delegates, including Mr Dissanayake, secretary to the Ministry of Environment and Con...more

Staff and Park Visitors Pull Together on Giraffe Rescue

A giraffe was trapped in a donga about three kilometres north of Letaba camp on the S95. Joe Nkuna, section ranger at Letaba, opted to try t...more

Stainless Steel Dustbins Donated To Kruger

The Honorary Rangers (HR) facilitated a donation of 150 baboon-proof stainless steel dustbins from Nampak to the Kruger National Park (KNP)...more

Stakeholders concerned about ethanol project for Hoedspruit

How much value does an environmental impact assessment (EIA) of a processing plant have if it does not take into consideration the impact of...more

Stakeholders Describe How They Want Kruger To Be Managed

The Kruger National Park held three stakeholder workshops in a 'first round' engagement with stakeholders. “Adopting an innovative approac...more

Stakeholders Meet To Establish Kruger Forum

The Kruger National Park held a workshop at Skukuza on March 30 to create a Kruger Park local stakeholder Forum, bringing some 180 stakehold...more

Stakeholders Support Proposed Blyde River Canyon National Park

The public participation meeting for interested and affected stakeholders regarding the proposed Blyde River Canyon National Park (BRCNP) pr...more

Stakeholders’ Forum Hold First Meeting

“Thank you for a most enjoyable and informative day,” said one of the stakeholders, expressing a sentiment shared by many of her co-foru...more

State owned enterprises commit to lowering carbon emissions

Eight state owned enterprises (SOEs) signed their commitment to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) on Thursday, July 5, 2012. The UNGC...more

Steinaecker’s Horse outpost at Ngotsomouth to be excavated

Archaeologist Dr Anton van Vollenhoven will be leading a team in search of the Kruger National Park's (KNP) cultural treasures at Ngotsomout...more

Stiff Competition in Emerging Tusker Competition

It was a daunting task for the panel of judges to finally name this year's winner out of the over 180 entries in the Emerging Tuskers compet...more

Stiff Competition in the Mopane Veld

The mopane tree with its distinctive 'butterfly' shaped leaves is a principal food source for many insects and animals. Over the last few we...more

Stiff Fines And Visible Policing Intended to Keep Kruger Peaceful

Fines for misbehaving in the KNP have been increased sharply by an average of 250 percent compared to the fines that were approved in 2004 i...more

Stiffer penalties for poaching in Zimbabwe

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources has announced new penalties for the poaching of wild animals, birds and fish with the fin...more

Still no black leopard for Camacho

Gerrie Camacho of the Mpumalanga Parks Board is still watching his camera traps, hoping for a sighting of the elusive black leopard. In the ...more

Still no tenders for cleaning up the Olifants

Originally set for March 7, 2005 the deadline for the tenders to study the impact of siltation in the Olifants River as it enters the Kruger...more

Still searching for crocodile killer

The Kruger National Park (KNP) will be removing all crocodile carcasses from the Olifants and Letaba rivers...more

Stolsnek Section Rangers Diaries

Don English calls early this morning regarding a leopard that is under the guide's tent at Napi trails camp. Self and Sgt Maluleke meet Don ...more

Stop Bird Imports to Stop Bird Flu

BirdLife International is calling for a total ban on wild bird imports into Europe to try and stop the spread of the dangerous H5N1 avian fl...more

Streaking elephants

The advent of satellite collars into conservation has uncovered a secret previously only guessed at – elephants love to streak across the ...more

Streamlined EIA Regulations Now In Effect

South Africa's new Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regulations came into effect on August 2, 2010...more

Strolling Home to Kruger

Induna, a mature bull elephant, decided that it was time to go for a walk – only he ambled out of his home at Pongola Private Game Reserve...more

Strong Sentences for Illegal Possession of Rhino Horn

Two foreign nationals accused of illegal possession of rhino horn were convicted and sentenced in the Kempton Park Regional Court on August ...more

Study Shows Elephant Vulture Conflict

A study carried out on the conservation status of raptors in Swaziland has highlighted the effect that elephants can potentially have on bir...more

Study Shows Elephants Play Key Role in Tree Losses

why do elephants knock down trees? For years, scientists have debated how big a role elephants play in toppling trees in South African savan...more

Study Shows How Invasive Species Stop New Life

An influx of invasive species can stop the dominant natural process of new species formation and trigger mass extinction events...more

Study To Investigate Owl Deaths On Toll Road

Last year 90 owls of at least five species were killed along the N1N4 toll highway in the Pretoria North area, and a research project is now...more

Studying Pangolin Antics

The Cape pangolin is a strange-looking armourplated ant-eating mammal that few people have ever seen in the wild, and even fewer scientists ...more

Studying Trees and Grass from the Sky

Focussing on and utilising remote sensing technology, German geography student, Claudia Jobst, (25) is on a quest to detect and map tree den...more

Summer Biodiversity Surveys in Kruger

Some welcome rain and the high temperatures herald the arrival of summer in the Lowveld. During this hot season, an intrepid group of volunt...more

Summit discusses water provision in Sekhukhune

With the construction of the De Hoop Dam being a likely event in the near future, the Greater Sekhukhune District Municipality recently held...more

Sunglases Donated To Kruger Rangers

Kruger National Park's (KNP) head of the finance department, Victor Makhubedu received 300 pairs of protective eyewear for each ranger in th...more

Sunset Serenade

The annual Sunset Serenade, hosted by the Counter-poaching unit of the Sanparks Honorary Rangers based in Gauteng, took place at Olifants Ca...more

Sunset serenade continues to woo audiences

The Sunset Serenade, hosted by the ranger support services branch of the Honorary Rangers (HR), was once again a popular meeting place for m...more

Sunset Serenade Held At Letaba

The annual Sunset Serenade returned to the Letaba Restcamp this year with its first event that took place from March 30 to April 1, 2006. Fo...more

Sunset Serenade to Sponsor Stealth Solutions For Rangers

The annual sunset serenade fundraising event to take place in June and September 2009 at the Kruger National Park's Letaba Rest Camp...more

Supervisors trained

Intac, a project of the Skills Development Fund and managed by the Tourism Hospitality Training and Sports Authority, is training all the th...more

Survey Determines Bovine TB Prevalence in Shingwedzi Area

During the last two weeks of July the Veterinary Wildlife Services Unit of Kruger National Park launched an operation to determine the true ...more

Survey Fails To Find Egret Breeding Sites

A year-long survey of the 55,000km2 Okavango Delta has failed to turn up current breedingsites for the vulnerable bird species, the slaty eg...more

Survey Reveals Decline in Fish-Eating Birds Along Olifants River

Preliminary results show that a total of nine Pel's fishing owls were seen and counted during a recent survey of the Olifants River in the K...more

Surveys Completed, Fire Researchers Prepare To strike A Match

SavFIRE – the Savanna Fire Ignition Research Experiment - is a collaborative experiment between Working on Fire, the Kruger National Park ...more

Surviving a Black Mamba bite

It was about midday on a Thursday in January 1998 when Danie Pienaar came face to face with a black mamba and its bite. Danie, now head...more

Surviving Skukuza

More than 70 children from Uplands College in White River and 30 learners from a school in Hazyview were introduced to indigenous ecological...more

Suspected poachers caught

The SANParks team, spearheaded by the Tshokwane ranger corps, caught three suspects who could possibly be linked to the recent spate of rhin...more

Suspected poachers killed in Kruger

In an anti-poaching operation carried out on the evening of Saturday, 6 October 2012, Kruger National Park (KNP) rangers killed an armed sus...more

Suspected rhino poacher arrested

Rhino poaching suspect wounded and arrested in Kruger. 431 rhinos poached to date in South Africa. A team comprising Kruger National Park (K...more

Suspected rhino poacher killed in Krugers Crocodile Bridge section

One alleged poacher was killed and two suspects arrested in a shoot-out in the Crocodile Bridge section of Kruger National Park (KNP) on May...more

Suspects Appear In Court For Vulture Muti Poisoning

Two suspects appeared in court in February on suspicion of poisoning at least 72 vultures in the Kruger National Park...more

Sustainable Development Strategy For SA Coming Soon

The minister of environmental affairs, Marthinus van Schalkwyk, has announced the imminent release of South Africa's National Strategy for...more

Sustainable Living – True Conservation

Over the past month or so much has been said and written about the national norms and standards for the management of elephants in South Afr...more

Suzanne appointed at K2C Birding Route

Suzanne Riezebos, a masters student in environmental sciences, of the University Wageningen in Holland...more

Swiss couple tour Africa

A swiss couple, Felix and Anita Margadant, is touring Europe and Africa on a tandem bicycle. They set off from Switzerland in June 2003 and ...more

Syndicates strip rural areas of natural resources

From the ultra-wealthy to the poorest of the poor, everyone appears to have something that can be taken away from them by greedy individuals...more

T-shirts donated For Life

Children of the Skukuza youth church group, Provita, were delighted with their new T-shirts sponsored by My Acre of Africa...more

Tags To Tell Tales Of Tree Trials And Tribulations In Kruger

Motorists in the Kruger National Park should not be alarmed if they spot some of the tall trees near the roadside marked with a distinctive ...more

Tail Hairs Reveal Elephant’s Dietary Preferences

Elephant tail hairs and satellite tracking collars are being linked up to help find out where best to establish sanctuaries to protect eleph...more

Take A Little Time

Animal watching can be greatly enhanced if we take a little time to observe and analyse what we are looking at. A couple of weeks ago I ment...more

Taking Kruger to Kasie

'I never knew dreams do come true, but today is proof that this could happen,' said Helen Mmethe, head of the people and conservation depart...more

Tamerin crowned as 10th Miss Earth SA

Tamerin Jardine was crowned as the 10th Miss Earth South Africa at a gala dinner at Montecasino in Johannesburg. Jardine whom recently turn...more

Tanzania to Bring in Black Rhinos from South Africa

Tanzania expects to import 36 black rhinos from South Africa this year to boost the population of the endangered wildlife species in the cou...more

Teaching water awareness the practical way

Dr Thomas Gyedu-Ababio, the Kruger National Park's aquatic biodiversity conservation manager, celebrated water week together with pupils fro...more

Terms used to describe the status of species

Endangered, Threatened, Rare, Restricted, Common and Wide-spread are some of the terms used to describe the status of species within a given...more

Thatch Harvesting in the Kruger National Park

The removal of renewable natural resources such as wood, medicinal plants, fish, insects and grass from within National Parks has been a con...more

The African Wildcat

The earliest known history of the African Wild Cat (Felis lybica) dates back 5 000 years ago to Egypt, where it was tamed for domestic use p...more

The Amazon River is 11 Million Years Old

The Amazon River originated as a transcontinental river around 11 million years ago and took its present shape approximately 2.4 million yea...more

The Bateleurs – giving conservation wings

Named after a raptor that spends most of its day in flight, the Bateleurs are a group of pilots who donate their time and their 'wings' to w...more

The Beauty Of Birding

With emphasis on the huge potential for birding tourism in our region, some previously quoted statistics are repeated without apology...more

The Beauty of Olifants Gorge

Despite countless trips to the gorge, SANHU producer, Katy Johnson, would be back in a flash if she could...more

The biodiversity crisis may be worse than climate change

Species extinction and the degradation of ecosystems are proceeding rapidly and the pace is accelerating. The world is losing species at a r...more

The Bloody Bank At Skukuza

The Kruger National Park is also an official branch of a nationwide bank, dealing in deposits and withdrawals and savings, but the clients a...more

The Canada Tree

A visitor to Tloukolobe Primary School in Ga-Maredi Village, Ga-Mmamabolo, may be confused to see a Trichilia emetica (natal mahogany) tree ...more

The Challenges Of Wetland Rehabilitation In Poor Societies

Imagine being so poor that every morsel of food that crosses your lips has been grown in laboriously hand-tilled fields laid out in the fert...more

The Consequences of Human Manipulation in Protected Areas

The current status of conservation management forces many herbivore species to co-exist in high densities within small protected areas...more

The Cultural Importance of Mapungubwe

Why is Mapungubwe Important? Intellectual and writer Vele Neluvhalani thinks mining near Mapungubwe will be “an offence to our ancestors...more

The Cyber Tracker Program in the Kruger National Park

The CyberTracker (CT) system has proven to be an indispensable tool for field data collection in the Kruger National Park (KNP). The system ...more

The Dangers Posed By Biofuels

According to BirdLife International, unsustainable production of biofuels could result in more environmental degradation than that caused by...more

The day Daniel stood seven feet tall

Daniel was a ranger for 20 full years, based at Nyalaland wilderness trail. Job titles get lost in the wind these days, however Mentor is so...more

The Flow Of Energy

As managers of natural systems, be it agricultural, commercial or wildlife, it is important to grasp the concept of energy flow. In natural ...more

The Golden Treasure Buried Beneath Kruger's Soil

There are five golden mole species listed in the top 10 most Critically Endangered mammals of South Africa. Altogether there are 21 species ...more

The Great Wilderness Choir

Walking in to the old disused shop in the Skukuza staff living quarters, you would be forgiven for thinking that you are in the wrong place...more

The Greater Mapungubwe Heritage Route

The Greater Mapungubwe Heritage Route celebrates the rich history of the northern part of the Limpopo Province of South Africa over the last...more

The green alternative to hunting

The hunter stalks his prey, a huge elephant bull. He stops, a shot is fired. The shot is a good one, but the elephant doesn't drop immediate...more

The impact of trade on cheetah and leopard

The legal and illegal trade in leopards and cheetah is substantially impacting on populations of these two species...more

The influence of fire on mopane and red bushwillow trees in Gonarezhou

A paper on the influence of fire on mopane and red bushwillow trees in Gonarezhou appears in the latest issue of the SANParks journal, Koedo...more

The Last Tour De Kruger

The third and final Tour de Kruger and the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park ride during the first week in August saw 209 cyclists pedal 350k...more

The Limpopo National Park Head Office Almost Completed

The first of the Limpopo National Park senior managers has moved into the recently completed staff housing in the Mozambican park. There are...more

The magnificent seven see the dentist

Ivory is being removed from the Letaba Elephant Museum – but not by thieves. A team of scientists, headed by JacquelineCodron and includin...more

The Mud Builders

Learn more about Mud Building Insects and Mud Building Birds. Certain birds such as hammerkops and some species of thrush use mud to seal or...more

The Naked Scientist in South Africa

Learning how to report on science was the theme of a recent conference held in Craighall Park, Johannesburg. Chris Smith, who has a radio sh...more

The night sky in August

This August full moon falls on the 19th, with the moon waning as the month draws to an end. Nights continue to be longer than days...more

The Opening of the Hans Hoheisen Wildlife Research Station

On Wednesday, August 25, 2010, the Hans Hoheisen Wildlife Research Station was officially opened for the second time...more

The Race Is On To Find Rare Beetles

Three insect experts from Montana State University will be spending from late June to early August engaged in a multi-national search for so...more

The Remarkable Madala Buffalo

Most publications write about the Limpopo National Park, but there are also a string of privately-leased conservation areas in Mozambique so...more

The Riddle Of The Rare Antelope

Ask any lowveld old-timer and they will tell you that sable antelope were once so common in the central lowveld that landowners used to regu...more

The search for free roaming lions continue

A pride of free roaming lions, said by some sources to be wandering around the Finale/Oaks/Blyde River Conservancy areas near Hoedspruit for...more

The Skukuza Nursery

At the last stock take in March, the Skukuza Nursery had 1.2 million plants – give or take a few seedlings. Now under the steady hand of O...more

The Socio-Economic Impact of The Karoo National Park

African Protected Area Conservation and Science has just published its latest article, 'The Socio-Economic Impact of the Karoo National Park...more

The spider can put more food in our mouths

Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at Yale University in the US say grasshoppers who are being frightened by spiders affe...more

The Spotlight Should Be On Rabies

An email came across my desk last week posing an interesting question, “Why are we so concerned with swine flu and avian flu, yet nobody t...more

The steel structure in the Skukuza savannah

Lurking 11km to the south west of Skukuza is an unlikely structure - a 22 metre high steel tower, bristling at the top with three arms, and ...more

The Story Of The Seven Little Piglets….In Church

Staff and visitors have become accustomed to seeing two warthog sows and seven little piglets roaming the Skukuza staff village. In fact, mo...more

The Syringa Tree

Although the syringa tree, Melia azedarach is not indigenous, it is currently flowering and is causing quite a sensation amongst butterflies...more

The Truth About Endangered Giant Sable Lies In Its Genetics

Despite looking almost identical at first glance, a big group of sable antelope found in Western Zambia are not, to the dismay of conservati...more

The Ultimate Trail

A little while ago I had a group of eight trailists that joined me on a wilderness trail in the Kruger National Park. The group consisted of...more

The Worst Year for African Elephants

While Southern Africa faces its biggest loss to rhino poachers in recent history, Africa's elephants are now also under increasing threat, a...more

Theres more to colour than meets the eye

Plants that depend on insect and other animal pollinators to carry their pollen from one plant to another are using more than their scent, c...more

Thinking Out The Box To Develop Transfrontier Policy

Forty of southern Africa's top experts got together to discuss scientific discoveries, current projects, and challenges involved in developi...more

This years World Wetlands Day focus on tourism

The World Wetlands Day theme for 2012 is Wetlands and Tourism and is linked to the theme for the next meeting of the Conference of the Parti...more

Thousands Celebrate 100 years of Kruger National Park

More than 2000 people gathered at the soccer stadium in Skukuza, Kruger National Park (KNP)...more

Threatened Chameleons

Chameleon species are not numerous compared to many other groups of reptiles. Southern Africa has 14 species of endemic dwarf chameleons pre...more

Three Day Hike Re-opens in Mountain Zebra National Park

The three-day Impofu hiking trail re-opened in Mountain Zebra National Park on 15 September 2011, following its closure in July last year...more

Three Kruger camps for 2010

SANParks' managing executive tourism and marketing, Glenn Phillips According to Phillips, said the Kruger National Park has dedicated three ...more

Three more doctors in Krugers Ranks

Several of Kruger's scientific services staff now have new letters to add behind their names. Social ecologist Kelly Scheepers was awarded h...more

Three rhino poachers get 25 years jail time each

Three rhino poachers were found guilty of illegal rhino hunting at Phalaborwa Regional Court and sentenced to a maximum of 25 years imprison...more

Tie A Yellow Ribbon

A group of people are now tying yellow ribbons around the aerials and rear view mirrors of their cars and adorning their bush equipment with...more

Tigers fall victim to land claim

In an unlikely repercussion of a land claim, two Bengal tigers will be relocated to Hoedspruit. The Bengal tigers had previously been kept a...more

Tinkering with the science of climate change

Huge mirrors in space, petrifying carbon dioxide, algae farms, and lots of white paint - these are some of the ideas being proposed to offse...more

To Bird or Not to Bird

“Why do people become birders?” I guess this is the age-old dilemma that so bothered Hamlet ... “To bird or not to bird, that is the q...more

To Graze or Not to Graze

Grass is one of the primary suppliers of nourishment to the second level of the food chain namely the herbivores. Most of the large herbivor...more

Too Much Of a Good Thing

Resulting ecological damage is serious, but could be reduced by wider use of more sustainable, time-honored practices...more

Toolkit to Combat Rhino Poaching

In recognising the urgent need to curb rhino poaching in South Africa, the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) has developed a guide to help rhi...more

Top Honours For Giriyondo’s Official Opening

The Giriyondo Tourism Acces Facility is 95km from the Phalaborwa Gate, and only 42km from Letaba Camp. The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park ...more

Top Scientist to Use Airborne Observatory to Study Kruger's Diversity

The Andrew W Mellon Foundation in the United States of America awarded a $750,000 grant to the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global E...more

Tortoises, Terrapins and Turtles

Probably the most well known and least understood of all our animals are the Tortoises. Referred to, flippantly, as 'mobile meat pies' or, f...more

Tourism And The Environment

South African National Parks management reacted positively to the result of a case at the Makhado (Louis Trichardt) Magistrates' Court on Fr...more

Tourism Concerns

Modern technology has become important even in the heart of the African bush. That is why the children of Skukuza Primary need to be compute...more

Tourism Concerns

Last year December Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA) announced Siyabona Africa Safaris as the 22nd product – and the first mobile...more

Tourism highlights 2007 WTO

The tourism sector continued to enjoy above average results and recorded a third year of sustained growth as is highlighted in the United Na...more

Tourism Indaba 2006 Awards

The first ever Welcome awards, launched at the Indaba last year, were awarded to the category winners at the Indaba opening ceremony...more

Tourism Indaba 2006 Snippets and Comments

Indaba is a very important platform for any organisation in the tourism industry. We are confident that we have achieved our objectives and...more

Tourism Indaba Attracts More Delegates

On the second last day of INDABA 2010, South African Tourism and exhibition organisers were certain that attendance this year would at least...more

Tourism Industry, Past and Present, Revealed at Conference

Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk officially opened the fourth annual national tourism conference at Sun City at the beginning of Oct...more

Tourism minister promotes South Africa in Australia

“Australia ranks 6th in terms of South African Tourism's top 20 long haul source markets. Between 2005 and 2010, South Africa has steadily...more

Tourism Plan to Outline Scarce Skills Needed

A Tourism Skills Sector Plan for 2008/09 is to increase South Africa's skills base by outlining the scarce skills required in the tourism in...more

Tourism skills training for unemployed launched

Some 28 000 tourism industry employees could benefit from the newly launched Adult Basic Education and Training (Abet)-Tourism...more

Tourism Snippets

The environmental impact assessment process for the Lions Walk Wildlife Estate on the farm Rietvley adjoining the Kruger National Park (KNP)...more

Tourism Snippets - Cheap Flights to Mpumalanga

Once a day low cost flights to and from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Mpumalanga are on the cards. Negotiations are underway between the Mp...more

Tourism Snippets - Polokwane International Airport Developments

Polokwane International Airport Limited has embarked on a development strategy which will enable it to take its rightful place among the cou...more

Tourism Snippets - Travel Tips

Ten decks at Satara and Tambotie are in the process of being rejuvenated. Saligna wood impregnated with Tanalith E is being used for the dec...more

Tourism Spending on The Increase in SA

In the context of an extremely challenging global environment, South Africa's tourism sector continues to do well...more

Tourism Winners Marked By Service Excellence

The 2009/10 Welcome Awards winners, sponsored by First National Bank (FNB) Commercial, were announced at a glittering award ceremony at INDA...more

Tourist Facilities In The Limpopo National Park

With the opening of the Giriyondo Border Post, South Africans can now readily enter the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique to experience it...more

Tourist Injured in Elephant Encounter on Olifants Trail

A woman was injured on the Kruger National Park's popular Olifants River back pack trail when the group of hikers walked into an elephant br...more

Tourist roads, elephants and poachers

On April 30, 1946 James Stevenson-Hamilton recorded his last day as warden of the Kruger National Park (KNP) in his diary...more

Tracking Dogs to Support KNP Rangers In Fight Against Rhino Poachers

Tracking dogs have shown their worth in the ongoing fight aginst rhino poachers in South Africa. So much so that the Kruger National Park (K...more

Tracking down human smell

Each of the 6.7 billion people on Earth has a signature body odor — the chemical counterpart to fingerprints — and scientists are tracki...more

Tracking Krugers wildlife

Even on the quietest of game drives in the Kruger National Park, you can still experience the excitement of being close to one of the big fi...more

Traditional Cuisine With A Difference

The eating of insects, also known as entomophagy, occurs worldwide in Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas and has nutritional benefits...more

Traditional dancers find captive audience

Peer Mkhonto, the leader of a group of traditional dancers that regularly performs at functions in the Kruger National Park, is now less rel...more

Traditional healers attend management courses

Two groups of traditional healers from the Bushbuckridge area attended a Business Management and Project Leadership course at the Department...more

Traditional health practitioners against rhino poachers

The Kruger National Park (KNP) took a stand with traditional health practitioners against the escalating rhino poaching war in the country. ...more

Tragic Accident in Kruger Claims Five Lives

A holiday in the Kruger National Park ended in tragedy when an accident claimed the lives of five people on the road between the Phalaborwa ...more

Trainee Artisans Gain Experience In Kruger

The Kruger National Park (KNP) together with Scarce Skills Development and Training (SSDT), P.D Naidoo and Associates (PDNA), Automobile Tra...more

Transformation and Debunking Stereotypes Discussed by Honorary Rangers

Honorary rangers are often perceived as the 'rich guys who do things in the parks', and this perception needs to be changed with hard work a...more

Transfrontier Conservation Steps Ahead In Mozambique

The African Wildlife Foundation is reiterating its commitment to the concept of transfrontier conservation by appointing a technical advisor...more

Treaty partners learn of 40 proposed wildlife trade rule changes

Proposals for tighter trade controls for species such as the Atlantic blue fin tuna, sharks and corals have been submitted...more

Tree Treasures Unlocked

Most people's general knowledge on trees will include that they provide oxygen and shade, need water and sunlight, are home to some animals...more

Trees Facilitate Wildfires as a Way to Protect Their Habitat

Fire is often thought of something that trees should be protected from, but a new study suggests that some trees may themselves contribute t...more

Trees vital for food security

Countries tackling food insecurity and climate change adaptation can greatly benefit from agroforestry - integrating fleshy plants and trees...more

Trendy fashion bodysuit wards off bugs

The ongoing battle against malaria has sparked a somewhat unconventional, if not creative partnership that saw the fruits displayed on the r...more

Trials Of Knock-Out Drug For Hyena Successful

In a joint project led by Dr Gregory Fleming of Disney's Animal Kingdom and Dr Markus Hofmeyr of Sanparks, a new drug combination was tested...more

Trust Dedicates Resources to Plight of African Penguin

African penguins have been sliding towards extinction since industrial fishing started around the Cape. BirdLife South African has found som...more

Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction

Johann Oelofse, section ranger at Mooiplaas, observed an unusual occurrence. He relates the story: At Bowkerskop windpump I came across a mo...more

Trying to work from the same weather page

Climate scientists describe Africa as an information “black hole”. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) notes that there are only...more

Tsendze Rustic Camp Site Receives Three Star Grading

The recently opened Tsendze rustic camp site received a three star grading from the Grading Council of South Africa. The camp is assessed in...more

Tsessebe Move North

A total of 12 tsessebe, comprising five males and seven females, as well as 11 reedbuck found a new home in the northern part of Kruger havi...more

Tsonga dancers entertain tourists

A traditional Tsonga dance group poses for tourists. The group, based in the town of Justicia bordering the Kruger National Park, performs t...more

Turtles in as much danger as Frogs

The plight of the planet's tortoises and turtles- creatures that have roamed the Earth for 220 million years - has never been greater, accor...more

Tusker Mabarule Dies

Mabarule, a big elephant bull in the Kruger National Park (KNP), has died. Section Ranger Johnn Oelofse and his team found the carcass on No...more

Twenty Giraffe Get A Passport To Mozambique

The Sanparks Veterinary Wildlife Services Capture team translocated 20 giraffe from the Satara area in the Kruger National Park to a fenced ...more

Twin elephants born in Addo

Twin elephants have been born in the Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape. This is only the third time in the history of the park...more

Two challenging publications on environmental change launched

When there is scientific evidence that the ice cap of Marion Island has already melted by 60 percent in the past 50 years, and the surroundi...more

Two lodges get fair trade certification

Tourism products that focus on sustainability while incorporating the social, environmental and commercial dimensions of the industry stand ...more

Two metre Croc Attacks Girl, in her Own Swimming Pool

Who would have expected that a normal swim on a Monday afternoon would turn into one of the most traumatic experiences of one's life...more

Two new gates for Orpen

It would appear that the Orpen Gate to the Kruger National Park (KNP) is moving and multiplying. If the plans currently being discussed come...more

Two new lemur species named

The discovery of two new lemur species has been announced after German and Malagasy scientists performed genetic analysis on wild lemurs fro...more

Two new national parks for South Africa

Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk has recently announced the proposed creation of two new national parks...more

Two Of Sa’s Peace Parks Are A Study In Contrasts

How do institutions within Transfrontier Parks (TFP) or Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCA) react to dynamics in and around the parks?...more

Two Rhino Killed In The Kruger National Park

Two fresh white rhino carcasses (cow and calf), were discovered on the morning of 11 October 2011 at Albasini Road, in the Pretoriuskop Rang...more

Two Rhino Poachers Arrested In The Kruger National Park

Two rhino poachers were arrested in the Kruger National Park (KNP) by a combined SANParks, SANDF and SAPS operation on Friday June 3, 2011...more

Two Students Die In The Pretoriuskop Swimming Pool

The Kruger National Park (KNP) managing executive, Dr Bandile Mkhize expressed his sincere sympathies to the next of kin of the two students...more

Two Tourist Routes Launched at Historical Trade Route in Park

It is perhaps fitting that Masorini was chosen as the launch venue for a tourism initiative that makes use of various tourism opportunities ...more

Types of Malaria

The focus here will be on the various types of malaria - among some other diseases - transmitted by mosquitoes. There are four types of Mala...more

UK researchers extensively map Africas groundwater

Researchers estimate the total groundwater storage in Africa to be 0.66 million km3. "Not all of this groundwater storage is available for a...more

UN focuses on Decade on Biodiversity

The United Nations marks its Decade on Biodiversity 2011-2020. Giving credence to its strategic plan on biodiversity and its overall vision ...more

Unacceptable behaviour in Shingwedzi

In the light of the recent Christmas Day celebrations held in Shingwedzi rest camp it is apparent that SANParks is facing a prob lem with re...more

Understanding Grasses

It is important to start with a little background to this important family of plants. Grasses belong to the plant Family Poaceae (Gramineae)...more

Understanding of the link between agriculture and climate change

Agricultural practice and policies need to adapt to the impact of climate change - and in ways that are environmentally sustainable. And sci...more

Unearthing the Secrets of the Leopard Population at Londolozi_copy

Leopards are such secretive creatures that estimates of the size of leopard populations can vary wildly, with scientific estimates in South ...more

UNESCO Director visits Mapungubwe National Park

The director of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation's World Heritage Centre in Paris, Francesco Bandarin, un...more

Unexpected Is The Name Of The Game Rangers Game

A Game Ranger in your Backpack', is a new guide to South Africa's flora and fauna. Aimed at nature novices, starting off on the path to beco...more

Unravelling Hyena Mysteries With Giggles

For 12 continuous hours over five consecutive days, twice this year, a female called Giggles was the centre of attention keeping at least th...more

Unsafe Water The Silent Killer

Every 20 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease - 1.8 million children younger than five years each year...more

Unsustainable harvesting of Prunus africana tree threatens prostate treatment

Over-harvesting of Prunus africana or Red Stinkwood in the wild for its medicinal properties has experts at the World Agroforestry Centre lo...more

Up close and personal with the stars

There is a San story that says the Milky Way owes its origins to a young girl who threw ashes from a fire into the sky to make a visible pat...more

Upgrades And Developments In Kruger National Park

A new day visitor's site at Shingwedzi, a conference venue at Mopani and upgrades to the tented accommodation at Lower Sabie are some of th...more

Upgrades and new attractions at SANParks

Upgrades to units at Punda Maria, Shingwedzi, Letaba, Satara, Orpen, Lower Sabie amd Berg-en-dal have been completed...more

Upgrades at Satara

At Satara Main Camp visitors will notice development and construction worth R10,4-million over the next few months. A day visitor's site and...more

Upgrading of the Letaba Ranch fenceline

Upgrading of the fence on the western border of Letaba Ranch is well underway. The section north of the Letaba River has been completed exce...more

Urban youth learn more about climate change and national parks

Young city dwellers can now learn more about climate change outside the class room and get to know their national parks at the same time. In...more

Urgent need to implement African Elephant Action Plan

The critical situation in Africa demonstrates the urgent need to implement the African Elephant Action Plan, which was created by all Africa...more

US 3.3 million for 23 species conservation project

“Ignoring species conservation means ignoring a world in which species are currently disappearing at a rate 100 to 1,000 times higher than...more

USD 21Billion locked in E-waste annually less than 15 percent recovered

More than 7500 tonnes of silver and 320 tonnes of gold are used to make cell phones, PCs, tablet computers and other electronic and electric...more

Use Genetics, Not Reproduction, To Define Species Say Scientists

A new paper published in the Journal of Mammology may have serious implications for how scientists designate which mammals belong to which s...more

Use your Cellphone to Note your Sighting

If you are into combining the outdoors and technology you may want to explore the possibilities offered by an organisation that has develope...more

Using Chilli Extract to Deter Elephant Destruction

New research involving chilli extract is underway to try and find a natural way of keeping elephants away from certain things that both peop...more

Vacuum cleaners, tyres, bug movies all contribute names to top 10 species of 2007

The international institute for species exploration at Arizona State University and an international committee of taxonomists, scientists re...more

Valuable Donations To Rehabilitation Centre

The South African Tourism office in Amsterdam, in partnership with the South African/Dutch Chamber of Commerce (SANEC), recently held an auc...more

Vegetation around the world is on the move

Vegetation around the world is on the move, and climate change is the culprit, according to a new analysis of global vegetation shifts...more

Verbally Abused Motorist Wins Court Case

The motorist who was subjected to verbal abuse by traffic officials on the road between Nelspruit and Hoedspruit was delighted on January 24...more

Vets for rural villagers

R100 million has been allocated to Mpumalanga for dams and irrigation schemes. According to Bua News, agriculture MEC Madala Masuku has said...more

Vietnam urged to curb rhino poaching

WWF and TRAFFIC are calling on Vietnam to increase efforts to address the illegal trade of rhino horn, which is threatening rhino population...more

Vietnamese Citizen Jailed For Possession Of Rhino Horn

Stricter penalties are underway as the fight against rhino poaching in South Africa continues...more

Vintage cars pass through Lowveld

More than 50 vintage and classic, and a few new, cars stopped over at Forever Aventura Swadini on their way to Mozambique. The Polana Classi...more

VIPs test drive bush to beach route

VIPs experienced the new Rixile Bush to Beach route through an exploration tour in mid-April 2008...more

Virtual Visitors Spy On Two Of Kruger Parks Waterholes

Since December 2004, every thirty seconds a photo has been taken of a waterhole near Orpen Gate in the Kruger National Park and broadcast on...more

Visitors And Park Staff Faced Fines Over Holidays

Kruger National Park (KNP) law enforcement officials had a busy time over the festive season, issuing 600 fines in just 32 days over the Dec...more

Visitors assist with wild dog genetic research

More than 300 calls and text messages in six months highlighted Kruger visitors' concern and commitment to helping Janet Edwards plot the lo...more

Visitors flock to Chrissiesmeer Crane Festival

The first ever Chrissiesmeer Crane Festival was hosted by the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) on the 6th and 7th of July and attracted over ...more

Visitors Help Save The Southern Ground Hornbill

The Kruger National Park (KNP) and the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) have been surveying Kruger's southern ground hornbill population...more

Visitors to Mozambique need to overnight in Kruger

Visitors travelling to Mozambique through the Kruger National Park (KNP) will need to overnight either in Kruger or the Limpopo National Par...more

Vive le difference

Many butterflies are gender dimorphic, what does that mean? It means that the males and the females look different from each other...more

Vlakteplaas Section Rangers Diary

Excerpts from the diary of the Nxanatseni region, Vlakteplaas section ranger, Reckson Seani. It was clear and hot and I deployed two field r...more

Voice your opinion on mining applications and the environment

Public participation and consultation in new prospecting and mining applications is a requirement in terms of South African legislation...more

Volunteer Interns Ready To Start Work At Reserves

The 2006 Global Vision International (GVI) interns got together for the last time at Letaba Rest camp before they were scattered to the vari...more

Volunteers Geared up for 2008

The 2008 Global Vision International volunteers spent their last days at Letaba at the end of January in preparation for their duties in the...more

Volunteers get dirty at school

Volunteers, greater Hoedpsruit based- businesses and staff from the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve joined hands on a clean-up drive...more

Volunteers Help Survey Krugers Smaller Critters

Biodiversity conservation is the clear mandate for Sanparks and the savanna unit of scientific services in Skukuza is seriously getting to g...more

Volunteers Needed To Map The Distribution Of Mopane Trees

Mopane trees dominate the vegetation in the northern half of the Kruger National Park, and much of the Limpopo Province. As many frustrated ...more

Volunteers Survey Mopane Veld in Greater Kruger

Some 50 volunteers walked 400 kilometres of mopane veld in six weeks – all for the benefit of science...more

Vulnerable people diminishing wildlife

More than 34 million people living in Africa's Congo Basin depend on wildlife as their significant and direct source of protein...more

Vulnerable teens warned off dagga

Teenagers who use cannabis and have a family history of mental illness are 25 percent more likely to suffer from schizophrenia, delusions an...more

Vultures Endangered and Vulnerable

The first Saturday of September every year is observed as International Vulture Awareness Day by the Endangered Wildlife Trust's Birds of Pr...more

Waiting for Rain

The transition to summer this year has not been spectacular at all. Spring was short lived and low key. Normally the weeping boerbeans, the ...more


February to April and even May are the best times for butterflies. Currently it is endeavoured to see if these butterflies and some extras h...more

War impacts elephant populations in eastern Congo

Human conflict have a particular devastating impact on African elephant populations, far greater than habitat. This, according to a new Univ...more

Wardens Notes on Ranger Sections For January 1936, James Stevenson-Hamilton

General rains set in. They were heaviest in the north and south east and roads and rivers became for the time impassable...more


Although every aspect of nature is fascinating, I have, like many others, been attracted to birds. However, if I had my time again and knowi...more

Watching The World For Future Generations

Long-term environmental planning got a boost when 130 high-level delegates met to develop a strategy that will help guide how scientists obs...more

Water Affairs investigates possible Blyde Polluters

A juice factory just outside of Hoedspruit is under investigation by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF) for the discharge o...more

Water brings life to New Kruger Campsite

After months of searching, hydrologists have finally struck water in sufficient quantities to allow plans to go ahead to build a new rustic ...more

Water Everywhere

A special warning was issued over the weekend of 28 January that the Olifants river would be in flood following the opening of the sluices a...more

Water Issues in Bushbuckridge Discussed in Arizona

Water is a limited resource that people all around the world have to share; and discussions around this complex issue were the subject of a ...more

Water Plan To Address Service Backlogs

A five-year programme is currently being devised to address the backlogs in water and sanitation services and to ensure the targets of the M...more

Water Policy in Kruger

It took members of the South African National Defence Force special forces school three days and eight tonnes of explosives to blow up the...more

Water Wells Bring Sorrow

Like her grandparents did, Rose and other Cottondale villagers rely on wells, rain or the river for their daily water. Rose knows of three w...more

Waterholes Research To Help Answer Management Questions

What effect do waterholes have on the surrounding vegetation? How does the spacing of artificial waterpoints affect the bush in the long-ter...more

Waxy homes childrens treats

some mopane trees seem forever rooted in their autumn shine.A closer inspection of these leaves this time of the year reveals strings of whi...more

We Need To Need Less

The current crisis is not a problem of too much carbon dioxide or soil erosion or pollution, it's not the population explosion...more

Weather Station Moves To Pretoriuskop

Specialised help was needed to move an automatic weather station from its current position near the Skukuza airport to its new home at Pret...more

Weather Station Prepares Mpumalanga For Disasters

White River - A new weather service station unveiled in Mpumalanga will ensure the province receives timely information about possible flood...more

Welcome To The Most Wonderful Classroom In The World

To identify, monitor and taken actions on environmental problems, the Marula region's People and Conservation department of the Kruger Na...more

West Rand Honorary Rangers Hold 8th Annual Birding Day

Between January 27-28 2006 Over 600 Birding Enthusiasts From All Over SA took part in the West Rand Honorary Rangers' 8th Annual Birding Day...more

Western Cape HRs nominated for owl award

The SANParks Honorary Rangers (HR) of the West Coast Region have been nominated for an Owl award from BirdLife SA...more

Wetland Rehabilitation Well On Track in Kruger

The Kruger National Park has secured R3.6m over a three-year cycle that started in April last year for wetland rehabilitation in the Park. T...more

Wetlands crucial for tourism

Water and environmental affairs deputy minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi celebrated the importance of wetlands conservation and linking wetlands ...more

What are the Bankenveld Honorary Rangers Up To

The Bankenveld region is not only home to wonderful highveld grasslands, but also a group of very active honorary rangers (HR)...more

What Are The Green Scorpions

The name has been coined by the press and it is likely to stick as long as the legislation lasts, but are the more than 600 Environmental Ma...more

What Can Nature Do For Us

The donor community and conservation movement are leaning increasingly towards a what can nature do for us approach, where species and wild ...more

What Differentiates National Parks From National Protected Areas

So what exactly is Sanparks' mandate and how does a national park differ from a special or national nature reserve...more

What Do Carrots, Elephants and Forestry have in Common

There is a team of scientists who would never dream of entering the Kruger National Park (KNP) without a goodly supply of fresh carrots to a...more

What Does Minerals And Energy Do About Illegal Sand Mining

According to minerals and energy, the department 'polices' all mining activities. The department can designated an official as an 'authorise...more

What drives public opinion on climate change in the USA

“Public opinion regarding climate change is likely to remain divided as long as the political elites send out conflicting messages on this...more

What Eats What

Insect life has been more prolific this year in reaction to the relatively good rainfall. In our area, the large 'emperor moths' (Family Sat...more

What Is Happening At Lower Sabie

Raymond Travers, Kruger's media liaison, explains ongoing developments at Lower Sabie. The infrastructure is however old and desperately nee...more

What is on the Menu for Elephants and Other Plant Eaters

In what is probably the largest fertilisation experiment of its kind, 30 hectares of mopane bushveld in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve...more

What Needs An Environmental Impact Assessment

Although it is unlikely that too many people will be contemplating building a nuclear reactor or a massive power generation plant, there are...more

What Rio +20 meant for South Africa

The Rio +20 Conference on Sustainable Development took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 20 to 22 June 2012. A key outcome for South Afri...more

What Will Stop The Olifants River Drying Up Again

Hundreds of fish gasped their last, hippos battled it out in tiny pools and vegetation wilted and died last year in the Kruger National Park...more

What’s The Scoop On Soil

Trees and plants need soil to grow. Very few fruits, vegetables and grains would live without it. Many animals need soil, too. They eat the ...more

When African animals hit the hay

Fossil teeth of African animals show that during the past 10 million years, different plant-eating critters began grazing on grass at differ...more

When is Water Safe

Diarrhoea-inducing waterborne microbes often go undetected in parts of the world with the highest rate of under-five deaths from gastrointes...more

Where Lions And Humans Meet

With lion numbers halving in the last two decades, and the popular predator disappearing from more than 80 percent of its former home range,...more

Where will the money be going to in Limpopo and Mpumalanga?

Of the the R27.9 billion budget for Limpopo, 81 percent will be focussed on the delivery of social services for the poor, while R1.5 billion...more

Which Comes First Water or Energy

Finding water to create new energy requires an investment of old energy, researchers say. “No matter what kind of energy you want to creat...more

Which River In Kruger Is The Cleanest

In the Kruger National Park there are five major rivers that historically flowed all year round – the Crocodile, the Sabie, the Olifants R...more

White Backed Vulture, Grey Crowned Crane and Crowned Eagle Under Threat

The White-Backed Vulture Gyps africanus, the most widespread and common vulture in Africa, has been uplisted from Near-Threatened to Endange...more

White buffalo calf spotted

A visitor to Kruger, Modjadjikloof resident, Jacques Schalkwyk, spotted a light-coloured buffalo calf near the Middelvlei windmill between M...more

White giraffe spotted in Tanzania

White lions, white elephants and now a white giraffe. Man has long been fascinated with nature's quirks, and Wildlife Conservation Society (...more

White Lion Cub Spotted In The Timbavati

Ziggy Hugo, a guide at Hermansburg in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, was with guests when they stumbled upon this rare sighting...more

White lion project moves to Free State

The new facility is called the Barnato White Lion Breeding Project and is located just 6km outside of Kroonstad, Free State, South Africa. M...more
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