Storms River Restaurant

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Does anyone know if the Storms River restaurant will every be re-built, I know there is a temporary one insitu but surely a new one should have been built by now?
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Sandybabe wrote:Does anyone know if the Storms River restaurant will every be re-built, I know there is a temporary one insitu but surely a new one should have been built by now?


Reply from the Regional Communications Manager - SANParks: Garden Route National Park - Frontier Region, Sandybabe :

Tsitsikamma Gateway Project nearly there…restaurant in 2020

Visitors can stop over for coffee near the biggest tree in the Garden Route this upcoming festive season. The precinct dubbed the Eastern Gateway Project is in Tsitsikamma and is nearly completed. Contractors are finalizing the completion of the parking area.
Speaking on site, Project Manager for Infrastructure Projects in the Garden Route National Park says ‘we are excited and looking forward to completing the project before the festive rush. The café will be opened in December and the curo shop is also underway.’
The project is on the way to the Garden Route National Park’s biggest tree in Tsitsikamma- The ‘Big Tree’ an Outeniqua Yellowwood in Tsitsikamma, estimated to be about 1000 years old. It is close to 40 meters high and about 9 meters in diameter.
The precinct is just off the N2 national road and will provide an ideal stop over for most visitors travelling between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.
The R14,4 million infrastructure project had two (2) phases. The first phase took off after a Basic Environmental Assessment and an Environmental Authorisation gave a thumbs-up for bulk services to be installed. It included the provision of bulk services including water, electricity and sewer already feeding the Storms River Village (staff houses) via a pipeline which runs under the N2.
The second phase of the project was completed to create a precinct with a coffee shop and curo shop. Some 16 locals were involved in its construction with a contractor from the Eastern Cape Province (Simunye Developers).
The project was funded by the National Department of Tourism.
Visitors to the Park will be delighted to note the progress of the entrance gate to the Park which was completed earlier in 2019 and now provides better entry and exit to the Park’s Storms River Rest Camp.
The Park’s restaurant which was gutted down by a fire in 2016 was moved to a temporary facility. Architectural designs for the restaurant were completed and finances sourced from the Infrastructure Grant according to SANParks’ Curt Jones who manages infrastructure and special projects.
‘The project has had to receive approval from National Treasury first. We are now gearing internal process to prepare for the advertisement of the tender in early 2020’ says Jones.

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Thank you for this information, Nandi Mgwadlamba :gflower:
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Any progress on the restaurant at Storms river?
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The restaurant is still housed in the temporary structures. Absolutely no sign of any new construction being done.
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Thanks Albert
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Is the restaurant currently open for business? And if so what are the hours?
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PeterH wrote:Is the restaurant currently open for business? And if so what are the hours?


Hi PeterH, yes the restaurant is housed in a marquee tent and fully operational, while they are rebuilding.

I'll enquire about the hours.
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PeterH wrote:Is the restaurant currently open for business? And if so what are the hours?


Hi PeterH

The restaurants operating hours are 8am to 8pm.

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Hi the new restaurant is at slab height as off 31st october 2022. Building is very slow due to distances for materials delivered. Should be finished by december 2023
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Jimmywood wrote: Mon Dec 05, 2022 3:18 am Hi the new restaurant is at slab height as off 31st october 2022. Building is very slow due to distances for materials delivered. Should be finished by december 2023
I am very sorry but the distances for materials is really not that big of a problem if your logistical planning is on par - it is just another excuse for either Sanparks or the Contractor to deliver substandard delivery of the project. And in saying that the architecture of the buildings they created are horrendous and doesn't do the setting justice - its like putting a clinical spaceship or a Johannesburg building in a forest. I don't think the people who developed and decided/approved the plans have taken the esthetic of the building to be complementary to the surrounding environment. The temporary tents for the restaurant is in shatters, the food is substandard and it is just an absolute disgrace to Sanparks. It's actually just unbelievable for such a prime Sanparks location to be this bad. Even the temporary shop is laughable - why not extend it to the adjacent part of the structure and make it at least a reasonable shop - it again shows how little business sense/savvy Sanparks have - they are losing out big time.
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Just visited the park for two nights, and the new restaurant complex is taking shape. Huge construction going on.

Anyone have a link to the architect's drawings / EIA / anything showing what the final design is going to be?


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Thank you bosneus :gflower:

Looks amazing :D

I think it wouldn't be ready for my Jan trip, but for the future :dance: :dance:
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A picture I took in April 2023. Looks promising.
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