Cape Town - The Garden Route National Park (GRNP) has officially opened five newly designated areas for that are specifically demarcated for day visitors in the Wilderness section of the Park. This, the GRNP says, is to better accommodate the rapidly growing number of day visitors to Wilderness.
This year alone, 71 280 day visitors entered the Wilderness section of the Garden Route National Park compared to last year’s 61 770. This is according to area manager of the Wilderness section of the park, Sandra Taljaard.
She says, "we have recorded an increase of day visitors as well as campers from 2014 and thus the need to cater to the different needs and expectations of different visitors."
Campers mainly visit the park for the tranquillity and serenity of the riverside camping sites, whilst day visitors enter the Park for a variety of activities including nature walks and hiking trails, water activities, segways, birding and a sense of place the open access Park offers.
Plans for a new adventure offering in the form of a new zipline are also being finalised at the moment.
The new designated areas for day visitors, which can be seen in the photos below, have all been built within the existing footprint of the area.
The five new sites are:
Tarentaal day visitor area, inside the Ebb & Flow Rest Camp.
Island Lake, in close proximity of the main rest camp.
Wilderness Lagoon, a picnic spot close to the Touw River Estuary that gives visitors easy access to the beach area which is just across the bridge.
Woodville Big Tree forest area, a few kilometres from the main camp.
Goudveld: Jubilee Creek and Krisjan se Nek Forest area, a few kilometres from the main camp.
This is where the facilities are situated:
According to SANParks, the Park is expecting a further increase in the number of day visitors "as more people long to wake up to the tranquil surrounds the Park offers. Every visitor to the Park is lured to the wonder-world of water birds galore who are home to the Wilderness Lakes Area."
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