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Media Release: Full programe for SANParks Week in garden route

Date: 2008-09-23

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SANParks Week was launched yesterday 22 September 2008. This week long celebration will focus on access to parks by South Africans and entry to all parks will be free from the 22nd to the 26th.

SANParks Week was launched yesterday 22 September 2008. This week long celebration will focus on access to parks by South Africans and entry to all parks will be free from the 22nd to the 26th.

Mvusy Songelwa, Regional Manager of SANParks Garden Route said that the main focus is to showcase all national parks as key and affordable local holiday destinations, offering a unique experience, especially for families.

“This initiative, started in 2006, is an ideal opportunity for all South Africans to experience our natural heritage. In the Garden Route we are fortunate to have two magnificent National Parks, Tsitsikamma and Wilderness, and the Protected Lake Area and indigenous forests of Knysna. People travel from all over the world to experience the diverse combination of mountains, forests, lakes and marine areas, and of course the rich animal life that comes with it,” said Songelwa.

The Garden Route programme kicked off with the launch of the extended Half Collar Kingfisher Trail at the Wilderness National Park yesterday, boasting a world standard boardwalk and a magnitude of bird life.

Knysna is focusing on heritage and history, and will do daily guided tours to the Goudveld, an area of the forest that includes Knysna’s gold mine history. The Tsitsikamma National Park will offer guided hikes and a treasure hunt on the Loerie Trail for the younger generation, ending off with an evening around the fire on the Restaurant Deck at Stormsriver Mouth.

Songelwa said that the core objective of the SA National Parks Week is to establish a partnership with all South Africans. “We want to work with our communities to create flagship international parks that will attract both local and international interest, a product that we can conserve for future generations. We urge our local communities to take part and experience the magnificent beauty on our doorstep and take ownership of what is ours, as South Africans.”

For more information please call:
Knysna Protected Lake Area: (044) 382-2095
Tsitsikamma National Park: (042) 281-1607
Wilderness National Park: (044) 877-1197
(Please note that the SANParks Week free access campaign excludes the DWAF areas of Garden of Eden and The Big Tree in Tsitsikamma)

Issued by:
Knysna PR, Nicci Rousseau on behalf of SANParks Garden Route


Nicci Rousseau
cell: 083 299 7777

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