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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. 

Media Release: SANParks & Storms River Adventures agree on future of canopy tours

Date: 2013-04-29

The South African National Parks (SANParks) and the Stormsriver Adventures Pty (Ltd)-operators of the canopy tours in the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park met on Friday, 26 April 2013 in order to find an amicable solution to the current legal impasse. 

Media Release: SANParks reacts to claim of forcing closure of Treetop Canopy Tour

Date: 2013-04-16

South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to clarify reports that it is forcing the closure of the Treetop Canopy Tours managed by Storms River Adventures in its Tsitsikamma Section of the Garden Route National Park.

The 2013 National Edwardian and Veteran Car Rally

Date: 2013-01-29

The Southern Cape Old Car Club are the official hosts and organizers of the 2013 National Edwardian and Veteran Car Rally which will be held from the 4th to the 8th of February 2013 in George and the surrounding Garden Route area, as a precursor to the George Old Car Show which is on Saturday and Sunday the 9th and 10th February 2013.

The GRNP urges hikers to stick to the rules when hiking the Otter Trail

Date: 2012-12-19

The Otter Trail is a world-renowned experience, normally fully booked at least a year in advance. It's popularity is due to various factors such as the untouched scenery and breathtaking geology, degree of difficulty and especially adventure where the Bloukrans River has to be crossed. There has always been a set of rules to adhere to enhance the serious hikers’ experience and minimize the risk to both the hiker and the park. 

Media Release: First SANParks Blue Flag beach achievement

Date: 2012-11-20

The South African National Park (SANParks) announced in a statement that the Wilderness Beach part of the Garden Route National Park has been chosen as the first beach in a National Park area to be conferred with a Blue Flag Beach status. 

Tsitsikamma Otter Trail Run once again exceeds all expectations!

Date: 2012-10-16

A record number of 220 athletes participated in this year’s Otter Trail Run in the Tsistikamma section of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP). 

First Blue Flag beaches inside a National Park!

Date: 2012-10-16

Minister of Tourism, Marthinus Van Schalkwyk declares first blue flag beaches inside a National Park!

The Dassie 10km Trail Run

Date: 2012-09-14

For the first time in the history of the Otter Trail Run, race organisers Magnetic South will introduce a shorter race, 10 km in distance, which is aimed at all those athletes who:

Update on Heavy Rain Alert in the Garden Route National Park

Date: 2012-07-17

The latest update on the heavy rain notice, issued for the Garden Route National Park, as at 20:30 p.m. Monday, 16 July 2012.

Media Release: Heavy Rain Alert in the Garden Route National Park

Date: 2012-07-13

South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to inform visitors to the Tsitsikamma and Wilderness Sections of the Garden Route National Park about heavy rainfall currently in the area. 

Media Release: SANParks mourns the death of a staff member at GRNP

Date: 2012-05-18

SANParks is saddened to announce that the receptionist at Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park was found dead in her staff room on Thursday 17 May 2012. She had moved into her staff room in the staff village the day before.

Exciting promotion at Wilderness Ebb-and-Flow rest camp!

Date: 2012-04-19

40% discount on reservations made until December 2012 (during quiet periods) for Wilderness Ebb-and-Flow rest camp in the Garden Route National Park.

Temporary closure of GRNP’s Storms River Trail

Date: 2011-07-07

All guests and day visitors to the Tsitsikamma section (Storms River Rest Camp) of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) are hereby informed that access to the Storms River Trail leading to the suspension bridge (crossing over Storms River) has been closed with immediate effect.

Media Release: GRNP's Tsitsikamma Section Rangers receive Hi-Tec footwear

Date: 2011-06-20

In recognition of the South African National Park’s (SANPark’s) continued conservation initiatives in the garden route area - Hi Tec has presented Garden Route National Park’s (GRNP’s) rangers with some of their durable shoes. Hi-Tec Altitude IV and Glide hiking boots were given to 38 rangers in the Tsitsikamma Section.

GRNP’s Wilderness Section will re-open on 16th June

Date: 2011-06-14

The Wilderness Section of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) will re-open to the public on 16 June 2011 after the recent floods that hit that area. There has been a successful clean-up of the Ebb and Flow Rest Camp.

Wilderness Rest Camp closed – evacuation in process

Date: 2011-06-08

Wilderness Rest Camp in the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) is currently being evacuated due to the flooding of its river; and is closed until further notice.

GRNP: You can now book your events at Natures Valley from May 2011

Date: 2011-04-28

You may have an upcoming function, an event or wedding – well look no further for a venue. Natures Valley Rest Camp of the Tsitsikamma section in the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) will be opened for group bookings as from 10 May 2011 until 31 October 2011.

Get a 25% discount when you book at GRNP’s Storms River Rest Camp

Date: 2011-04-26

Yearning for those rocky shores and sounds of the booming breakers of the Indian Ocean – why not book a stay at the Garden Route National Park’s (GRNP’s) Storms River Rest Camp and get a 25% discount as a bonus.

Construction at GRNP’s Tsitsikamma section has commenced

Date: 2011-03-24

All guests and day visitors to the Tsitsikamma Section (Storms River Rest Camp) of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) are hereby informed that the construction of a retaining wall has commenced.


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