Cape Town - The Tsitsikamma Section of the Garden Route National Park has received a R17m boost from the Expanded Public Infrastructure Programme to upgrade existing infrastructure. Tsitsikamma’s Area Manager, Lesley-Ann Meyer said in a statement that "planned upgrades in the Park include 17 oceanettes overlooking the Marine area, the administration office in Storms River, paving and road works for the Otter camp, replacement of the Entrance gate to Storms River." Upgrades are set to start in July after a business plan has been approved. Park management is not sure how long renovations will take, but have assured visitors that they will not be inconvenienced when construction starts. "It is structured in such a way that visitors will have alternatives." Tsitsikamma was declared a National Park back in 1964, subsequent to a Conference held in Seattle which encouraged a move to protect marine areas as well as terrestrial. The Tsitsikamma section of the park is home to one of the Garden Route's biggest trees - a Yellowood tree that is nearly 1 000 years old - as well as a total of 202 species of fish, sharks and rays. Two of Tsitsikamma’s hiking trails - the Otter trail and the Dolphin trail - enjoy green flag status and were declared as such by a watchdog for hiking in SA, the Hiking Organisation of South Africa (HOSA). Green Flag status is a system that ensures hiking trails in South Africa meet standards in terms of "trail outlay, accommodation, facilities and service, as well as the conservation of natural resources." In turn, hikers are guaranteed that their expectations will be met and that they also receive value for money. Natures Valley beach, also part of the National Park, has enjoyed blue flag status for several years in succession. Blue flag status is an indication that the beach meets all stringent environmental criteria including water quality standards, safety and others.