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A Win for Conservation at the Golden Gate Challenge

The Golden Gate Challenge is a 3-day track and trail run across the rugged and beautiful mountains of the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. The trail meanders along hiking trails and jeep tracks through remote and scenic parts of the park, including Little Serengeti with its teeming herds of Blesbok, Zebra, Black Wildebeest and Eland.

A new Interpretation Centre for Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Visitors to the Golden Gate Highlands National Park can look forward to an exciting new attraction - the Glen Reenen Interpretation Centre opened its doors to the public on 4 October 2019. A collaborative venture between SANParks and the SANParks Honorary Rangers, this informative and interactive display showcases the diversity, scenic beauty and uniqueness of the park and takes one on a journey through its natural history, palaeontology, geology and cultural heritage.

24-HOUR RHINO AWARENESS BEACH CHALLENGE, KZN

Grant Melville, a member of the SANParks Honorary Rangers KZN Region, will attempt a non-stop hike from Zinkwazi main beach to Umhlanga Rocks, covering the 70 km in 24 hours on 21-22 September. Starting at Zinkwazi main beach on 21 September at 5 am, he will trek across Blythesdale, Tinley Manor and Sheffield beaches, before stopping for lunch at the Salt Rock Hotel and then proceeding along Chaka’s Rock, Ballito and Zimbali beaches to Westbrook, La Mercy and Umdhloti, finally arriving in Umhlanga Rocks on 22 September at about 9 am.

Karoo Vulture Safe Zone

Historically vultures ranged throughout much of South Africa. Today, populations have dwindled by up to 80% in some areas, including the central Karoo. This is particularly evident for the Cape Vulture (Gyps coprotheres) which was formally widespread across the Karoo but is currently listed as Endangered both regionally and globally.

Donation to Addo Elephant National Park

The SANParks Honorary Rangers, Addo region wishes to thank MSD  Animal Health in Port Elizabeth for the generous donation of a year's supply of Bravecto Chew tablets to control ticks and lice on all five of our lovable K-9 dogs at Addo.

PROJECT EMBRACE RECEIVES AWARD

The SANParks Honorary Rangers’ Project Embrace was recently awarded the second runner-up award in the category “Rhino Conservation Supporter Award” at the Rhino Conservation Awards. The award was presented at a Gala Dinner held on 21 July 2019 at Montecasino in Johannesburg.

World Ranger Day

Today, on #World Ranger Day, we honour our rangers for their bravery, dedication and commitment to protect our natural heritage, and we commemorate those killed or injured in the line of duty.

Lowveld Region upgrading of the Rhino Trail

Over the past few months a group of SHR Lowveld Region have been busy upgrading the Rhino Trail.  This trail runs approx. 3,2Km inside Berg en Dal camp along the perimeter fence.  This is the first of its kind with the first 800m accessible to the visually impaired with 26 Braille boards.  These boards give a description of the Big 5, Small 5, Smallest 5, The Big 6 Birds, The big 5 Trees as well as some interesting facts on Fauna and Flora. In the near future braille tree tags will also be added.

Sunset Serenade in Kruger N. P.

The Conservation Services National Project of the SANParks Honorary Rangers recently held it's annual  long weekend of classical music performed by an ensemble of musicians at the Mopani Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park. In 2019, we  celebrated 20 years of music and loyal support for the Sunset Serenade and SANParks Honorary Rangers.

6th Mokala MTB Classic

The Mokala MTB Classic is held annually in Mokala National Park, south of Kimberley. It is hosted by the Diamantveld Region of SANParks Honorary Rangers in the beautiful Mokala National Park. The main aim for this event is to introduce Mokala to the public so they can appreciate the beauty of nature.