Skip to Content

First Blue Flag beaches inside a National Park!

Date: 2012-10-16

Facebook Pinterest Twitter LinkedIn Google+

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

Following extensive research and negotiations with the affected  Municipalities (George and Bitto), the Eden District Municipality, Rate Payers and the Wilderness and Tsistikamma Sections of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP), the Wilderness and Nature’s Valley beaches became the first beaches within a National Park to receive Blue Flag Status. The Minister of Tourism, Marthinus Van Schalkwyk handed this award to Maretha Alant who represented the GRNP at the prestigious event in Hermanus. This award is a reflection of the GRNP’s co-operative Governance approach. The provisions for such an award is very strict and it takes commitment from all stakeholders to maintain the status.

Blue Flag is an international coastal management programme that accredits beaches when they meet excellent water quality, environmental management and education, as well as good safety measures in place. This programme offers huge benefits including improved tourism facilities,  enhanced management of coastal ecosystems, increase awareness of the coast and capacity building for coastal municipalities. South Africa has participated in this Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) coordinated programme since 2001.

The GRNP General Manager, Jill Bunding-Venter wishes to express her gratitude  to Vernon Gibbs Hall of the Eden District Municipality and Garden Route Initiative (GRI) programme , Maretha Alant and the two Working for the Coast Project Managers for their extensive  efforts to make this dream a reality. 

Blue Flag beach awarded

Minister Van Schalkwyk, Vernon Gibbs-Hall, Maretha Alant, Alderman Scholtz and Massimo Marioti 


Enquiries:
Maretha Alant
083 455 4050 

Back

Online Bookings

Browse accommodation and activities availability, and book online via our secure payment system and get 5% discount (excludes activities)

Register

Get a Wild Card!

Get unlimited access to most of Southern Africa’s premier conservation areas.

Wild Card

Membership is valid from date of purchase for 365 days and is available for an individual, couple or family, as well as international guests. Learn more...

Purchase Membership

Attention: CoP17 Delegates

CoP17
Experience South Africa's biodiversity - South African National Parks wants to offer you the opportunity to explore the myriad of wonders and unique experiences to be found in our national parks. Bush, sea, mountains, deserts... Our parks cater for the getaway of your choice. View the special offer.

Latest Forum Posts

Join our ForumsAlready a member? Login!

Fresh off the Webcams

Addo Webcam
Addo Elephant National Park
Nossob Webcam
Nossob Camp, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Orpen Webcam
Orpen, Kruger National Park
Satara Webcam
Satara, Kruger National Park

Public Sighting of the Month

August Winning Image
Lions watching their prey, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park - by Willie Visagie