SANParks releases stricter measures for Garden Route

South African National Parks (SANParks) has introduced stricter measures to curb infections for three of its sections including Tsitsikamma, Knysna and Wilderness effective from December 16, 2020.

Vuyiswa Thabethe, General Manager for the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) says in an effort to curb the spread of the Corona virus and the safety of both staff and visitors, a rotation system to all non-essential staff based in the Regional office in Knysna is effective. A quota system will be implemented as from December 16 at all entrance gates in the GRNP in Tsitsikamma, Wilderness and Knysna.

Popular areas like Island Lake, Tarentaal and the Half-collard Kingfisher Trail will have a quota system, restricting the number of people entering the facilities.

The Wilderness Lagoon area (Touw River Mouth), closer to the Wilderness beach, will be closed completely from December 15, 2020 to January 15, 2021. Thabethe says that although they understand that these are favourite spots for holiday-makers and local people, SANParks remains committed to responsible tourism. Other controlled access areas in Wilderness include those leading to Big trees like Krisjian se Nek, Dalene Matthee memorial and popular picnic spots. Visitors will be served on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Source: Getaway