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Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park

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SANParks' slight increase in the GRNP's recreational activities

Date: 2014-10-28

The annual mountain biking permit of R190 per annum was introduced  in previous years as  an introductory tariff as mountain biking in the newly formed Garden Route National Park (GRNP) was still a fairly new concept. Mountain biking stakeholders were informed that it would be increased in due course. 

Balancing the conservation of nature with development

Date: 2014-10-28

The Swartvlei system is 35 kilometers from George and about 30 from the town of Knysna. It is unique in the country and the world in that it is also situated in an urban area. 

Merrell Eden Duo comes to Wilderness, Garden Route National Park

Date: 2014-10-21

Only four days to go before the start of this year’s Merrel Eden Duo. 

Mass clean up of the Khayalethu and Bongane rivers for Knysna estuary

Date: 2014-10-10

South Africa’s number estuary is under the spotlight again this Marine Week. This time stakeholders have gathered citizens from the Khayalethu community to roll up their sleeves and pick up litter from the Bongani and Khayalethu rivers. 

Unprecedented WESSA Blue Flag results a triumph for coastal conservation during National Marine Week

Date: 2014-10-07

WESSA (the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa) has announced a record 82 Blue Flag sites for South Africa at the national launch of this year’s Blue Flag season held at Thesen Islands Marina in Knysna on the Garden Route today.  The 2014-2015 South African Blue Flag season opens officially on 1 November.

Marine Week in the Garden Route National Park

Date: 2014-10-07

Did you know that a healthy ocean generates half of the oxygen we breathe? 
When visiting a blue flag beach this summer, the expectation is to find a clean, safe and environmentally friendly place. This is the case with beaches and Marinas granted Blue Flag status in and around the Garden Route National Park (GRNP). One is in Wilderness and the other in Nature's Valley and a Blue Flag Marina on Thesen Island in Knysna.

How to eat an elephant

Date: 2014-10-02

The Garden Route National Park (GRNP) is not losing the fight against invasive alien species, according to Biodiversity Social Programmes Cluster Manager for the GRNP, Walter Mzimba. Invasive alien species (AIS) are the Southern Cape’s biggest challenge to conservation, as they are a fire hazard and suck up chunks of water. 

Breaching of the Swartvlei and Touw River

Date: 2014-08-29

SANParks and the local authority concerned are monitoring  the level of water for both Swartvlei and Touw River. 

Free entry into the Garden Route National Park

Date: 2014-08-18

Over 1, 500 people last year responded to the call to visit the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) for free. This year, SANParks invites all members of the public to visit various sections of the picturesque Garden Route National Park(GRNP) during SA National Parks Week (8 – 12 September 2014). The nine-year old campaign held every September encourages all members of the public, young and old to visit National Parks.

Media Release: Tsitsikamma wins the most coveted regional awards

Date: 2014-08-11

The Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) won two of the region’s most coveted awards at a ceremony held on Friday, 8 August 2014 at the Wilderness Hotel. The Park won the Camp of the Year and the Best Performing Division of the Year. 

Trail buffet

Date: 2014-08-05

The AFB Southern Cross Trail Run takes place in one of South Africa’s hotspots for holiday destinations and serene outdoor vistas. Where towering mountains and thick indigenous forest meet azure blue oceans teaming with sea life and rolling breakers. This is the Garden Route of South Africa and surely one of the premium locations for this trail running extravaganza. 

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.


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