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Media Release: New circular route to the suspension bridge at Storms River Mouth

Date: 27th August 2009

The Garden Route National Park (GRNP) has officially opened a new circular route to the suspension bridge which forms part of the world renowned Dolphin Trail at the Storms River Mouth on 25 August 2009.

The Garden Route National Park (GRNP) has officially opened a new circular route to the suspension bridge which forms part of the world renowned Dolphin Trail at the Storms River Mouth on 25 August 2009. The total cost of repairs to the new trail and parts of the suspension bridge amounted to R3.7 million.

A total number of 1 200 jobs were created for members of the local community during the eight and half month of repairs to the new trail.

The route was initially built in the 1970’s to provide access to the suspension bridge. Later in 2006 the trail was re-built using polywood. The old route used to go through an old Khoisan inhabited cave. As a result of the 2007 fire that damaged the surrounding areas and caused instability to the roof and walls of the Khoisan cave as well as some parts of the Dolphin trail, this necessitated that the trail be re-routed to provide access to the suspension bridge without causing possible injuries to visitors via the old cave.

The new route offers a circular path and visitors will be able to return from the Storms River Mouth on a different path. This will certainly increase the number of both local and international visitors to the iconic Storms River mouth suspension bridge.

Issued by:
Zanemvula Gozongo, Communications Manager: GRNP, Knysna, cell: 071 513 8221 or (044) 302 563, e-mail: zanemvulag@sanparks.org

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