Guests are hereby informed that Shingwedzi Rest camp is experiencing a shortage of leaded and unleaded fuel; this is due to the underground tank maintenance that is currently taking place from today, 06 November 2017 until further notice.
Guests are advised to fill up their petrol tanks in other camps before proceeding to Shingwedzi Rest Camp. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.
Whilst the mandate of SANParks is to conserve biodiversity, the rise in visitor numbers has created challenges which need to be addressed.
One of these challenges is the increased traffic congestion in the South of the Park experienced on certain days of the year (most notably on public holidays, long weekends and school holidays), particularly at the entrance gates and at wildlife sightings.
SANParks has partnered with the University of Queensland in Australia to investigate potential solutions for a range of traffic-related problems in Kruger. As part of the research process, SANParks will engage in open discussions with various stakeholders of the Park.
Together with the researchers, the Park has identified 9 different stakeholder groups from which we will gather ideas and suggestions for solutions.
These include: Camping overnight visitors; Non-camping overnight visitors; Tour operators; Self-drive day visitors; Managers of large tourist accommodation establishments in close vicinity of the Park who host guests that enter KNP as day visitors (either on OSV’s or private vehicles); SANParks Honorary Rangers; OSV guides; Senior staff of the KNP Management team; and relevant Taxi Associations.
A randomly selected sample of overnight and day visitors have been invited by email to participate as we can only accommodate a maximum of 20 per group, however, we have a few seats left and would like to give you an opportunity to RSVP.
The focus group discussions will then be followed up with a quantitative approach (survey) to gain consensus on which solutions are preferred.
The results will be communicated to SANParks Management to guide their decision making in drafting vehicle traffic management interventions.
Today marks a month since the introduction of the new pack of 8 Wild Dogs into the Kruger National Park. The release of the pack came after a considerable period of observation of the wild dogs in the Boma before the release on 16 September 2017.
The day of the release was a success, the pack followed the bait that was dragged out of the gate making it seem natural. A lone female had been visiting the Boma where the pack was kept for observation frequently despite being chased away a few times; the pack has since accepted the lone female, she has since been seen guiding the new back around their new home.
The pack of 9 wild dogs incisive of the lone female has managed to stay together. According to satellite locations from satellite collars fitted onto two wild dogs, the pack was discovered in the vicinity of Red Rocks, Shingwedzi Rest Camp before heading downstream to towards Dipeni and then southwards along the border towards Kotsini.
The pack seems to be in a good health status apart from a few minor temporary limps that are most likely due to thorns. They feed regularly, they were spotted killing two female nyalas in front of Shingwedzi Rest Camp on 20 September 2017.
The progress so far is good, further observations are necessary before a concrete conclusion can be made on the integration.
Management would like to caution visitors coming to the Park to take the necessary precautionary measures against Malaria disease.
“We would like to advise visitors to the Park to take precautionary measures in order to prevent the possibility of developing Malaria whilst visiting the Park. Precautions which include the use of prophylaxes, vaccinations in consultation with doctors and to avoid exposing the skin whilst outside in the evenings can assist a great deal in this regard. KNP is known to be one of the Malaria endemic areas in this country and therefore chances of catching Malaria disease always exist in this area though not often,” said the GM: Communications and Marketing, William Mabasa.
To reduce the risk of Malaria whilst staying in the Park, visitors are further advised to use repellants on the skin, wear long sleeve clothes if they happen to go outside of their units, keep the window gauzes and doors closed at all times and check that these are not broken, as well as to ensure that air conditioners in the chalets are fully functional.
Mabasa also noted that “although Malaria can be contracted at any time of the year the Malaria season in this country is October to April, with March and April being the highest risk period. We request visitors who contract Malaria after having visited the Park to assist us, by immediately reporting to our local doctors in Skukuza as this can assist in recording and identifying all the affected areas in need of attention”.
There are resident medical doctors permanently based in Skukuza, Kruger National Park’s main camp and the public can consult them for information and advice prior to their visit to the Park on telephone number +27 13 735 5638. More information on Malaria can also be found on website link https://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/tourism/malaria.php
Visit the SANParks, Kruger National Park stand at the Phalaborwa Gate Parking for more information on Kruger tourism products and offers from today, 19 - 22 September 2017.
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Masthulele passes on at an estimated age of 49 and 50 years. This bulls name was very appropriate as he lived up to the ‘quiet one’ reputation by being seldom seen, he had only been photographed twice at the time of naming. The first two series of photographs of this bull were both taken from a helicopter during the elephant censuses in 2003 and 2004.
In January 2016 with the last confirmed sighting of Masthulele was in the Kingfisherspruit section of the Kruger National Park during his annual pilgrimage to the Timbavati. Efforts by rangers and guests to sight this magnificent bull were ongoing but he remained unseen, a carcass had not been discovered; we hoped that he was still with us
A carcass found in late 2016 in the Letaba section between Giriyondo and Letaba raised suspicions that perhaps Masthulele had been found as this was his regular stomping ground in autumn and spring. Given the decomposition level of the carcass, a positive ID could not be made at the time.
Images of the ivory were taken and unfortunately, no definitive answer could be given as the presence of a break under the left tusk and a short grass notch raised doubt this was Masthulele as neither of these features were visible in the footage of him on file.
An impressive weight and length of the ivory was received from Ivory stores for this ivory which kept suspicions active it could be him; With Masthulele still not being sighted in early 2017 and additional high-resolution images being received of later sightings that showed a subtle change in his ivory towards his final sighting, the decision was taken to arrange a security visit to the Ivory stores with numerous high resolution images taken from different angles to assess if characteristic markings could be found. It is due to security reason this visit could only be arranged for August 2017.
The carcass site was investigated and no foul play is suspected. It felt that the cause of death was a bull fight.
We are exactly 18 days to the SA National Parks Week, Kruger National Park will open its gates to South African citizens for free. The Day Visitor Quota will apply for the duration of the SA National Parks Week.
Please be mindful of the additional gate access control systems at its entrance gates in the Southern part of the Park. As from 1 September 2017, all visitors who are 18 years old and above must produce positive identity document for scanning in order to gain access. South African driver’s licence will also be acceptable.
SANParks FULLY OPERATIONAL DESPITE STRIKE ACTION.
South African National Parks (SANParks) management today confirmed that services at all their parks have not been affected by the strike action of some of their employees. The employees are members of the Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (HOSPERSA). They officially began their strike on the 25th July 2017 after a dispute with SANParks over salary increases.
SANParks Head of Communications Janine Raftopoulos said guests should continue with their plans to visit the parks as contingency plans around the strike have been activated. “All our Parks including Table Mountain and Kruger National Park are open for business and there are no disruptions. We expect HOSPERSA members to adhere to the picketing rules and to respect the right of non-striking employees” said Raftopoulos.
SANParks earlier revised its offer to 6.1 percent plus 1 percent pay progression to qualifying employees, which totals to 7.1 percent. In addition, a once-off ex-gratia payment of 0.4 percent on the basic salary will be paid to all employees. Those who do not qualify for pay progression will be paid 1 percent once-off.
National Health Education & Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) has formally accepted the offer made by SANParks and their members remain at their posts.
For Bookings and updates, guests can visit the SANParks Website; www.sanparks.org alternatively guests can call our central reservations number: 012 428 9111.
South African National Parks (SANParks) management has confirmed that a number of employees who are members of the Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (HOSPERSA) have abandoned their work stations in different divisions and Parks. This is after the conciliation meeting which was facilitated by the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) failed to resolve the salary dispute between the two parties. “After assessment of all National Parks we have found that there are pockets of areas where staff members either did not report for work or reported and then left as a result of the envisaged strike. We have contingency plans in place for all parks to be able to serve our visitors. We do however encourage those who wish to make reservations do so via the Internet at www.sanparks.org for a speeder service”, says, SANParks Head of Communications Janine Raftopoulos.
We have activated our contingency plans in all Parks and will be monitoring the situation closely. The South African Police, Services (SAPS), South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and volunteers from the Working for Water have been posted at entrance gates to ensure safe passage to all those entering our parks. “Guests travelling to any of our Parks should continue with their plans as we aim to ensure that they enjoy their stay. We are also waiting for the finalisation of picketing rules” concludes Raftopoulos.
HOSPERSA is demanding a 9% increase for their members while SANParks is offering 6.01% salary adjustment and a 1% pay progression with a total offer of 7%. Though the strike is protected, the “no work no pay” rule will apply to those who take part in the industrial action.
For Bookings and updates, guests can visit the SANParks Website; www.sanparks.org alternatively guests can call our central reservations number: 012 428 9111.
Issued by: South African National Parks (SANParks) Corporate Communications
Reynolds Thakhuli General Manager: Media, PR & Stakeholder Relations.
Tel: 012 426 5170, Mobile: 073 373 4999 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SANParks FACILITIES UNAFFECTED BY STRIKE.
South African National Parks (SANParks) management has confirmed that all employees who were scheduled to report for duty have done so despite a notice to strike which was served by the Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (HOSPERSA). “We can confirm that all our parks have full complement of staff despite the notice that we received from HOSPERSA intending to embark on industrial action from today 17 July 2017.We are constantly monitoring the situation and all our contingency plans are in place. We would like to encourage our visitors and those wishing to travel to any of our parks to continue with their plans as we aim to ensure that they enjoy their stay. We have received a request for parties to meet from the CCMA tomorrow and are hopeful that the impasse will be resolved. We are also waiting for the finalisation of picketing rules” concluded SANParks Head of Communications Janine Raftopoulos
HOSPERSA is demanding a 9% increase for their members while SANParks is offering 6% salary adjustment and a 1% pay progression with a total offer of 7%. Though the strike is protected, the “no work no pay” rule will apply to those who take part in the industrial action.
For Bookings and updates, guests can visit the SANParks Website; www.sanparks.org; alternatively guests can call our central reservations number: 012 428 9111. Ends…
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Media enquiries: Reynold “Rey T” Thakhuli General Manager: Media, PR & Stakeholder Relations. Tel: 012 426 5170, Mobile: 073 373 4999 or email: email@example.com
Janine Raftopoulos, SANParks Head of Communications. Contact: Tel: 012 426 5170, cell: 071 444 3121 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ike Phaahla, SANParks Media Specialist. Tel: 012 426 5315, Mobile 083 673 6974 or email: Isaac.email@example.com
The carcass of the cow was found within the vicinity of the farm.
The officials who are currently on site using the Kruger National Park helicopter managed to find the remainder of the lions close to the carcass of the cow. The team is operating in a difficult and extremely challenging terrain which made darting a difficult option. “We have a dedicated and experienced team on site that has been working tirelessly to locate and capture these lions. Unfortunately after all efforts were made and the risk of having a wounded lion roaming around, a decision had to be taken to destroy them”, said Mr Abe Sibiya, Head of Biodiversity at MTPA.
For the past few days baits were placed at various strategic points however there has been no progress until today. The team worked under a lot of pressure to ensure that progress was made on this search. “We would like to thank SANParks officials for providing all the necessary support and resources to assist us in this operation.
The continuous alerts received from the farm owners and community in the area assisted the team to be on constant alert” concluded Sibiya.
“Since the first light all efforts are and will continue to be made by MTPA officials, with the support of SANParks to locate either the lions themselves or any recent sign of their presence so that a joint operation to capture the lions can be launched,” states SANParks General Manager - Veterinary Wildlife Services, Dr Markus Hofmeyr.
Hofmeyr indicated that the lions are currently believed to be in very rocky, mountainous and thickly wooded uninhabited areas south of the Crocodile gorge, and the MTPA have very experienced staff dealing with the situation, and together with SANParks every effort will be made to locate and capture them. “SANParks is working very closely with MTPA officials to secure the capture of the lions and our rangers, air wing and veterinarians are on immediate standby to provide any further support required by MTPA to capture the lions”. It is important to note that the lion population has grown exponentially and is an attributing factor to young males looking to own new territories within the Park. This is as a result of naturally occurring factors like drought which we have seen in the last two years, allowing for an abundance of animals for predators like lions to feed on, and an increase in their population.
The fence is surrounding the Park and is largely a disease control intervention managed by the National Department of Agriculture and serves primarily to keep wild animals from getting into contact with livestock. It is unlikely that the four lions that have been spotted in the Matsulu area are the same as the lions that escaped two months ago in the Komatipoort area.
These animals should be treated as dangerous and should not be approached or interfered with in any way or for any reason. Should anyone see the lions or any sign of their presence they should immediately make contact with MTPA officials at 083 626 6792, SANParks on 076 801 9679 or 013 735 0197/4064 or SAPS on 080010111.
South African National Parks (SANParks) has received information that four male lions believed to have escaped from the Kruger National Park (KNP) last night, 9 July 2017 were spotted at Matsulu, a village outside the Park and would like to urge the residents to exercise extra caution. “KNP Rangers and their counterparts at Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) are in the area searching for the lions and we will give details as soon as they have appraised us”, said KNP’s spokesperson, William Mabasa.
SANParks would like to reiterate that residents should be extra vigilant and report any sightings of these dangerous predators to the authorities on 080010111.
Further updates will follow until all the lions have been successfully captured.
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South African National Parks (SANParks) - Kruger National Park: Communications & Marketing
William Mabasa, SANParks General Manager Communications. Contact: Tel: 013 735 4363/012 426 5170, cell: 082 807 3919 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Janine Raftopoulos, SANParks Head of Communications. Contact: Tel: 012 426 5170, cell: 071 444 3121 or email: Janine.email@example.com
ADHERING TO ENTRANCE GATES OPENING AND CLOSING TIMES
Gate times must be strictly adhered to. Guests should be inside their allocated overnight camp by gate closing times. Day visitors must exit the park before Entrance Gate closing time. Entrance gates can refuse entry or exit to guests that arrive late.