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Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park

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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).  

Otter Trail Run 2013 results

Date: 2013-09-25

The Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park congratulated Ricky Lightfoot, from Great Britain, for winning the Otter Trail Run this past weekend. The event organisers, Magnetic South, pulled off yet another successful event this year. 

Connecting young people to conservation

Date: 2013-09-11

What does the word ‘conservation’ mean to young people in the Garden Route?

Media Release: Post the Kiani Satu: Swartvlei Estuary

Date: 2013-09-10

SANParks and partners who formed the Joint Operating Committee (JOC) agree precautionary measures undertaken to prevent oil from entering the estuary were successful. SANParks has begun the process of removing the sandbags from the Swartvlei Estuary. The sandbags were used to stabilise the sand berm constructed.  Removal of all the sandbags is an incredibly challenging task, as some are buried very deep and will likely only surface with time. However, a concerted effort will be made to ensure that as many of the sandbags as possible are removed.

Media Release: The Grail of all trails - The Otter

Date: 2013-09-05

This month, the Garden Route National Park has the pleasure to host the Otter Trail Run which is organised annually by Magnetic South. This year marks the fifth year since the inception of the race in the Garden Route, yet it still attracts more than 150 athletes every year.  The average age of participating athletes ranges from 38 to about 40 years old.

Promotion at Ebb & Flow (Wilderness) in the Garden Route National Park

Date: 2013-09-04

SANParks is offering a special 40% discount at Ebb-and-Flow Rest Camp in the Wilderness section of the Garden Route National Park.

Media Release: Fire in Soetkraal controlled

Date: 2013-09-03

A fire that threatened to wipe out one of the most scenic spots in Tsitsikamma, the Soetkraal, was successfully controlled. The fire started on Friday evening, the 30th of August 2013.

Media Release: Big trees in the Garden Route

Date: 2013-09-03

From the N2 the forests look thick and dense from Wilderness right through to Tsitsikamma. Take time to pull over and explore the accessible part of the Southern Cape’s moist, high forests. There are boardwalks under the big trees providing easy access. 

Media Release: Otter pulls the big names

Date: 2013-08-23

World champion trail runner to contest Otter African Trail Run.

Latest update on the ship wreck crisis by the JOC Goukamma Nature Reserve

Date: 2013-08-19

Saturday, 17 August 2013 - The Kiani Satu lifted off the Goukamma Nature Reserve and Marine Protected Area today at 11.30am and is currently heading out to sea. The Buffalo Bay/Goukamma Joint Operations Centre (JOC) awaits word from SAMSA regarding its position.

Latest update on the ship wreck crisis by the JOC Goukamma Nature Reserve

Date: 2013-08-16

The Buffalo Bay/Goukamma Joint Operations Centre (JOC) prepares to receive 600 kg spoiled food from the Kiana Satu. The food, which is expected to be airlifted from the vessel later today, is no longer fit for human consumption and most of it will be disposed under controlled waste removal procedures. 

An update on the ship wreck crisis by the JOC Goukamma Nature Reserve

Date: 2013-08-14

Joint Operation Centre (JOC), Goukamma Nature Reserve - While efforts are ongoing to tug the cargo ship out to sea, the Joint Operations Centre at Buffalo Bay/Goukamma continues to protect the estuaries and prepare for major clean-up operations, once the ship has been removed.

50% discount at Nature's Valley Rest Camp in the Garden Route National Park

Date: 2013-08-14

South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering a special 50% discount to short notice online reservations for accommodation and camping at Nature’s Valley Rest Camp in the Garden Route National Park

Media Release: Precautionary measures to prevent oil from entering estuaries

Date: 2013-08-12

Due to the stranding of the 165m bulk cargo ship (Kiani Satu), west of Goukamma estuary, carrying 330 tons of heavy fuel oil and 15, 000 tons of rice, the Garden Route National Park team had to go on high alert to prevent oil from entering the Swartvlei and Knysna estuaries. 

Gateway for tourists in the Cape

Date: 2013-08-02

The Garden Route National Park is one of the National Parks managed by the South African National Parks (SANParks). A study conducted on the future state of National Parks identified ‘activity development’ as a priority for the Garden Route National Park. The study included various other tourism attractions relevant for other Parks such as ‘tourism development projects, accommodation’ and others. 


A day in the life of a ranger

Date: 2013-07-31

A day in the life of a ranger working to secure the picture-perfect Garden Route National Park. 

Take action, inspire change and make every day in the Garden Route a Mandela Day

Date: 2013-07-18

SANParks employees in the Garden Route National Park are rolling up their sleeves to give back to communities in and around the Park.  Themed ‘take action, inspire change and make every day a Mandela Day’, the campaign is built around the values of former President Nelson Mandela which SANParks commemorates because it values transforming lives.  

Media Response: Sedgefield Ratepayers meeting feedback

Date: 2013-07-15

The Edge newspaper (dated 3 July 2013) highlighted feedback from the Sedgefield Ratepayers meeting (on page 8). SANParks wishes to bring these facts to the attention of the Ratepayers and the general public. The response is outlined in point form following the chronological order of the issues raised:

Professor Brian Allanson honoured by SANParks

Date: 2013-06-27

Professor Brian Allanson scooped the Research Award for 2013. He was honoured by SANParks during the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) Regional Awards, held in Tsitsikamma on 21 June 2013. 

Media Release: Rheenendal Primary benefits from eco-factory

Date: 2013-06-07

SANParks will respond to a challenge facing Rheenendal Primary School, by supporting its upgrade to infrastructure. 

A step towards a cleaner Wilderness

Date: 2013-06-05

Uniquely crafted wooden dustbins produced from eucalyptus or blue gum were donated to the Wilderness Residents Ratepayers Association on Monday, 3 June 2013.

Media Release: Securing the ecological health of the Knysna lagoon

Date: 2013-05-24

Situated at the heart of the Garden Route National Park, the Knysna estuary’s beauty and splendour attracts many visitors. Of the 249 national estuaries forming part of a study conducted by Jane Turpie and Barry Clarke (2007), the Knysna estuary was ranked above the St Lucia World Heritage Site in terms of biodiversity significance. 

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