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South African National Parks

South African National Parks
Logo of South African National Parks
Agency overview
Formed 1926
Jurisdiction Government of South Africa
Headquarters 643 Leyds Street, Muckleneuk, Pretoria
Employees 3,367[1]
Annual budget R985,804,000[2]
Minister responsible
Agency executives
Parent agency Department of Environmental Affairs
Key documents
  • National Parks Act, 1976
  • National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act, 2003

South African National Parks (SANParks) is the body responsible for managing South Africa's national parks. SANParks was formed in 1926, and currently manages 22 parks[3] consisting of over 3,700,000 hectares (37,000 km2), about 4% of the total area of South Africa.[4]

The best known park is Kruger National Park, which is also the oldest (proclaimed in 1898), and the largest, at nearly 2,000,000 hectares (20,000 km2). The Kruger Park and Table Mountain National Park are two of South Africa's most visited tourist attractions.

List of parks administered by SANParks

The following are designated as National Parks of South Africa:[5]

Name Photo Location Date established Area
Addo Elephant National Park Eastern Cape
1931 1,640 km2 (630 sq mi)[6]
Agulhas National Park Western Cape
14 September 1998 20,959 hectares (51,790 acres)
Ai-Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park Northern Cape
2003 6,045 km2 (2,334 sq mi)[7]
Augrabies Falls National Park Northern Cape
1966 820 km2 (320 sq mi)
Bontebok National Park Western Cape
1931 27.86 km2 (10.76 sq mi)
Camdeboo National Park Eastern Cape
1979 (Karoo Nature Reserve)
30 October 2005 (Camdeboo National Park)
194.05 km2 (74.92 sq mi)
Garden Route National Park Western Cape
6 March 2009m (amalgamation of Tsitsikamma, Wilderness and Knysna National Lake Area 1,210 km2 (470 sq mi)
Golden Gate Highlands National Park Free State
1963 340 km2 (130 sq mi)
Karoo National Park Western Cape
1979 767.9 km2 (296.5 sq mi)
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park Northern Cape
31 July 1931 (Kalahari Gemsbok National Park)
12 May 2000 (Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park)
38,000 km2 (15,000 sq mi)
Kruger National Park Limpopo and Mpumalanga
31 May 1926[8][9] 19,485 km2 (7,523 sq mi)[10]
Mapungubwe National Park Limpopo
1995 280 square kilometres (110 sq mi)
Marakele National Park Limpopo
1994 670 km2 (260 sq mi)
Mokala National Park Northern Cape
19 June 2007 196.11 km2 (75.72 sq mi)
Mountain Zebra National Park Eastern Cape
1937 284 km2 (110 sq mi)
Namaqua National Park Northern Cape
1999 700 km2 (270 sq mi)
Table Mountain National Park Western Cape
19 May 1998 221 km2 (85 sq mi)
Tankwa Karoo National Park Northern Cape
19 May 1986 1,436 km2 (554 sq mi)[11]
West Coast National Park Western Cape
1985 27,500 hectares (106 sq mi)

Location of national parks

South African National Parks is located in South Africa
Garden Route
Garden Route
Golden Gate
Golden Gate
Mountain Zebra
Mountain Zebra
Table Mountain
Table Mountain
Tankwa Karoo
Tankwa Karoo
West Coast
West Coast
South African National Parks

See also


  1. ^
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  3. ^ Brett, Michael: Touring South Africa's National Parks, Cape Town, 2010
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  8. ^ House of Assembly Debates, cols 4366-81, 31 May 1926.
  9. ^ Stevenson-Hamilton, James. (1937). South African Eden: The Kruger National Park 1902-1946. Struik Publishers, 1993.
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External links

  • South African National Parks
  • Interview with Head, Business Development, South African National Parks
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