South Africa National Parks Week is a campaign to afford all South African citizens free access to National Parks. It is sponsored by FNB and Total SA. More than 4000 people visited the Garden Route National Parks last year (including Wilderness, Knysna and Tsitsikamma). Dates for the campaign week start from the 14th–19th September 2015.
The Garden Route National Park (GRNP) is a picture-perfect playground for adventurers with approximately 155, 000 hectares of land including indigenous forests, lakes, rivers, wetlands, protected estuaries and Marine Protected Areas. It has 3 sections (Tsitsikamma, Knysna and Wilderness), all with forestry and marine components.
Visitors and stakeholders to the Park will launch the campaign week on the 14th September 2015 from 10:00am, at the Harkerville Sports Ground via an information session about the Knysna section of the GRNP. Conservation efforts of interest in both fauna and flora in the forestry areas as well as the Knysna estuary will be shared. The session will also include activities offered in the Park as well as accommodation.
An hour and a half will be dedicated towards the business development and business opportunities in the Park. Entrepreneur and small development agencies set up to boost local small business will also share their know-how (SEDA, SATSA and Anglo American).
Visitors to the Park can be treated to various edutainment including trips around the estuary (thanks to the Featherbed Co). Guided tours will be offered into the mystical Knysna forest. To skeptics: The Knysna seahorse really exists, to see, visit the Park’s Thesen Island jetty.
The Half-collared Kingfisher trail will be opened up to the first 20 people every day during the campaign week. An orchestra in the Park is set to mesmerize visitors on Saturday the 19thSeptember. Please bring your own picnic basket and blanket.
There is also a potjiekos competition on Sunday, the 20th September at Island Lake.
The focus will be on youth development and related activities. These will include an information session, guided tours to the famous suspension bridge. There is also a planned picnic in the Park for the 20th September.
Visitors must provide proof of ID and are welcome to either join planned activities or enjoy the Park outside of these. See you there.
For more information:
- Tel: 044 302 5600 (activities in Knysna)
- Tel: 044 877 0046 (activities in Wilderness)
- Tel: 042 281 1607 (activities in Tsitsikamma)
Press release by SANParks.