The number of poached rhino for the year has risen to 273, the environmental affairs department said on Tuesday. Spokesperson Albi Modise said in a statement the Kruger National Park bore the brunt of poaching.
Modise said three alleged poachers were arrested in the Tshokwane section of the park last week after a black rhino was killed.
One of the men died in a local hospital after he was wounded in a shoot-out with park rangers.
The rhino horns, as well as a .458 hunting rifle with a silencer, ammunition, and poaching equipment were confiscated from the men.
Last Tuesday an alleged poacher was shot dead by rangers near the Langtoon Dam in the park during a shoot-out.
Two guns, ammunition, and poaching equipment were recovered.
The park's figures for the year had increased from 180 to 201 poached rhino over the past week.
A total of 41 alleged poachers had been arrested in the Kruger since January.
Since the beginning of the year, the North West had a total of 21 rhino poached, while 19 were poached in KwaZulu-Natal, 19 in Limpopo, and 13 in Mpumalanga.