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Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park

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Committed to conservation

Date: 2014-07-31

As rangers gather around the globe to commemorate International Rangers Day, their counterparts who work in the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) want to spend the day rekindling their love for nature. ‘It is nature that underpins tourism in the Park’ says Regional coordinator for the campaign, Owen Govender, who is also the Senior Section Ranger for the Knysna section of the Park.

Media Release: Wilderness section of the GRNP changes booking system to allocation method

Date: 2014-07-28

The Wilderness section of the Garden Route National Park has officially changed the old booking system to an allocation system for camp sites for the Park. This is ahead of the upcoming Spring and Summer seasons which are popular in the Park.  Guests and clients to the Park will be granted a site as per their reservation, but will be afforded an opportunity to choose their own site in the particular category on the day of arrival. 

Hope Spot comes to Knysna

Date: 2014-07-07

Partners in Knysna (SANParks, the Eden District Municipality, Knysna Municipality, Cape Nature, Knysna Basin Project, Biowise, Lakes Bird Club) are pulling efforts and resources to put Knysna on the map as the next Hope Spot.  

Media Release: Water in Knysna estuary meets set criteria

Date: 2014-07-02

The recreational site allocated for swimming and other related sporting activities during the upcoming Knysna Oyster Festival meets set standards.  This was confirmed by at least seven samples collected from the deep water channel at the turn of the tide last week. 

Response to letter in the Knysna Plett-Herald

Date: 2014-06-26

Subsequent to the letter published in the Knysna-Plett Herald (dated 26 June 2014) citing incorrect facts, SANParks would like to assure citizens that none of its employees who were provided with houses are facing evictions.  

Rich, diverse sea wildlife

Date: 2014-06-26

There are at least three places where sea wildlife can be spotted in the Garden Route National Park (GRNP).  Dolphins and whales are often seen diving in and out of the water from the Storms River Rest Camp which overlooks the Tsitsikamma Marine Protected Area (MPA), Kranshoek (Knysna forest, also part of the Park) and the Heads in Knysna (part of the protected Lakes Area).

Media Release: Tsitsikamma volunteers scoop Honorary Ranger of the Year

Date: 2014-06-09

The Honorary Rangers in Tsitsikamma scooped the 2013 Award at a recent ceremony. Chairman of the National Executive Committee, Louis Lemmer, says the team in Tsitsikamma has displayed a high level of passion for conservation. 

Media Release: Cooperating towards protecting water sources in the GRNP

Date: 2014-06-02

‘Raise your voice, not your sea level’

How International Biodiversity Day can make sense to fellow South Africans

Date: 2014-05-23

22 May was International Biodiversity Day. Big word! The day is set aside to create awareness about the richness in species and ecosystems. 

Media Release: Breaching of the Touw River

Date: 2014-04-24

The Touw River was breached on Wednesday, 23 April 2014, at 2,18 meters to prevent flooding.

Media Release: Tsitsikamma receives R17 million boost

Date: 2014-04-14

The Tsitsikamma Section of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) has received a R17 million boost from the Expanded Public Infrastructure Programme (EPIP) to upgrade existing infrastructure.  

A chemical analysis of the recent red tide incident in Knysna

Date: 2014-04-01

Recent water samples in the Knysna estuary suggest a bloom in nitrate and phosphate levels were higher than expected for the estuary during summer. Additional samples collected at the Thesen Island Jetty indicate a decrease in the concentration of nutrients during the first collapse of the bloom. 

Goudveld gets a facelift

Date: 2014-03-25

Dimension Data (Didata), the global solutions and service provider, has donated indigenous plants to Goudveld. This is the first of a series of planned facelift interventions for the Goudveld Indigenous Forest, also part of the Wilderness section of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP).

More animals in the Garden Route National Park buffer zones

Date: 2014-03-25

Buffer zones are areas surrounding the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) that could be potentially significant for biodiversity conservation. A Camera Trap Assessment sponsored by WWF-TMF and SANParks found blue duiker (at one site) Honey badger (at six sites) and leopard (at four sites) on private land.

Is the red tide back or is salinity causing red-brownish colour?

Date: 2014-03-18

Reddish-brown currents were identified in the Knysna estuary at Leisure Isle, Lake Pleasant (Sedgefield), Lake Brenton and at the Heads over the weekend.

Rehabilitation of the N2 road leading to Ebb & Flow (Wilderness)

Date: 2014-03-18

The entrance road from the N2 leading to Ebb & Flow Rest Camp in the Wilderness section of the Garden Route National Park, will be rehabilitated. The 650-meter sub-base of the paved road is damaged and uneven.   Work will mainly include the removal of the current paving to restabilize the base of the road.  

'Adventure is in our nature'

Date: 2014-02-27

Of the 9 188 368 international tourists who arrived in SA in 2012, an estimated 558, 014 headed to the Western Cape during peak seasons (Quarter 1 and 4).  Popular tourist destinations are Cape Town, the Garden Route and the Winelands, according to the 2012 Western Cape Tourism Trends report (WESGRO). 

Media Release: 500 learners to explore the Wilderness Section of the GRNP

Date: 2014-02-26

A report on the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the States paints a picture of a disengaged youth, disinterested in the heritage and biodiversity of their country (Gatlinburg, August 2013, the economist). Managers of that Park and every other National Park in the world including Wilderness are finding means through research to reach out to youngsters in a more techno-savvy manner. 

Red tide degraded - it is now safe to use water

Date: 2014-02-10

Scientists (Knysna Basin Project and Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries) have found no evidence of toxicity of the red tide in Knysna. Of the three types of organisms that could have potentially caused the red tide in Knysna, the dinoflagellate group was identified as dominant.

Media Release: Garden Route National Park among favourites for adventurers

Date: 2014-01-28

The Garden Route National Park had a 23, 9% increase in the number of guests during 2013 compared to the previous year (2012).  Day visitors to the Park also increased by a significant 34%, from 126, 048 day visitors in 2012 to about 169, 367 in 2013.

Red tide warning: Public must remain cautious

Date: 2014-01-27

Authorities (SANParks, Knysna Municipality and the Knysna Basin Project) are still cautioning against the collection of shellfish from the Knysna estuary following evidence of a red tide. Local expert, Professor Brian Allanson of the Knysna Basin Project is in touch with the Department of Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) to further analyse water samples.

Warning: Red tide observed again in the Knysna Estuary

Date: 2014-01-20

Possible evidence of a red tide was observed in the Knysna Heads on Sunday afternoon (19 January 2014). Authorities (SANParks, Knysna Municipality and the Knysna Basin Project) are cautioning against the collection of shellfish from the Knysna estuary until further notice. 

Latest news on the red tide in Knysna

Date: 2014-01-14

An update on the possible red tide that was warned against in Knysna.

Media Release: Elephant spotted in Knysna Forest

Date: 2014-01-09

An elephant was recently photographed by a trap camera, placed in the Knysna forest, by the Landmark Foundation, set-up for leopard research.  The Foundation’s exciting leopard research involves determining the leopard population status in the Garden Route.

Summer Fun in the Garden Route National Park

Date: 2013-12-12

There is a lot to do in the Garden Route National Park this summer! New activities are proving to be quiet popular such as Stand -Up Paddling (SUP), which was initiated a few weeks ago. 

New activity introduced at Storms River Mouth, Tsitsikamma

Date: 2013-12-04

Storms River Mouth, in the Tsitsikamma Section of the Garden Route National Park has introduced a new activity - Stand Up Paddlingboard.

Miss nothing - explore the Garden Route National Park

Date: 2013-11-18

Nothing beats the beautiful Garden Route National Park with all its rivers, lakes, estuaries, beaches, thick forests and fynbos in full bloom. Visitors head to the Garden Route National Park to enjoy its picture perfect landscapes and seascapes, its sea wildlife and multiple activities.  Four areas enjoy Blue Flag Beach status and a Blue Flag Marina from Wilderness to Tsitsikamma.

Media Release: Ecosystem study in Knysna

Date: 2013-10-23

SANParks and Knysna Municipality are cooperating in assessing the supply of and demand for ecosystem services generated by the Knysna river catchment and the Knysna estuary basin (including the small rivers draining directly into the estuary). There is a growing realisation that the estuary, catchment and town constitute a single socio-ecological system with many critical interconnections.

Media Release: Merrell Eden Duo comes to the Garden Route National Park

Date: 2013-10-21

A call to all adrenalin junkies! The Merrell Eden Duo will take place on the 26th to the 27th of October 2013, at Ebb & Flow, in the Wilderness section of the Garden Route National Park. It is a 24 hour multi-sport event combining all forms of racing, mountain biking, kloofing, paddling, trekking and easy navigation.

Media Release: The significance of Africa's oldest Marine Protected Area

Date: 2013-10-08

The Tsitsikamma Marine Protected Area (MPA), managed by the SANParks, is part of the Garden Route National Park. Declared in 1964, it is the oldest MPA in Africa and one of the largest. It is split into the De Vasselot Section Controlled Zone and the Tsitsikamma MPA (No-Take Zone).  


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