Cape Vidal rebuild to cost R7 mln

2011-05-24 00:00

THE iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority has announced that a R7 million rebuild of Cape Vidal, on the eastern shores, is under way.

The project includes the complete rebuilding of the camping area and an upgrade of day visitor facilities.

The work on the camping area involves new roads, ablutions, sewerage, electricity, water and refurbishment of each individual campsite.

The campsites and day visitor areas will include wheelchair-friendly units.

The camping area will be closed for four weeks until June 15. Another closure is planned from September 4 to 28.

However, the resort will remain open for day visitors and chalet guests during these periods.

The Wetland Park is a World Heritage site. CEO Andrew Zaloumis said due to the fact that Cape Vidal lies immediately behind a sensitive sand dune system, great care is being taken to ensure that the improvements are ecologically acceptable and that they improve the conditions for visitors.

The Cape Vidal rebuild forms part of a R145 million upgrade of the park.

Some 40 new day visitor attractions and upgrades started across the park early this year, with some already completed. Numerous projects on the eastern and western shores, Sodwana Bay and uMkhuze sections are creating new game viewing roads, hides, viewing decks, canopy tree walks, gate buildings, boardwalks, bridges, picnic sites and improved access for physically challenged visitors.

New game species are also being introduced, including buffalo, cheetah, wild dog, black and white rhino, and tsessebe (antelope).

The new visitor facilities on the western shores are due to be open in time for the December holiday season.

The popular Charters Creek and Fanie’s Island resorts, which were closed for several years by water shortages, are also being redeveloped and are scheduled for completion in 2012.

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