Over 1, 500 people last year responded to the call to visit the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) for free. This year, SANParks invites all members of the public to visit various sections of the picturesque Garden Route National Park(GRNP) during SA National Parks Week (08th – 12th September 2014). The 9-year old campaign held every September encourages all members of the public, young and old to visit National Parks.
Activities of interest planned for this campaign week starting from the 08th – 12th September 2014 include an art and pictures exhibition in the Storms River Rest Camp. On Wednesday, the 10th September, the business fraternity and all small, micro and medium businesses (SMMEs) are encouraged to attend a business workshop organized by the SANParks. This event starts at 10:00am until 13:00pm.
Members of the public are invited to ‘bring their picnic basket to the Park’. This day will be celebrated through music and dance by local artists and bands including the battle of popular local DJs. This event scheduled for Friday, the 12th September 2014 will start at 17:30- until late, Storms River Rest camp, Tsitsikamma (see attached map with GPS coordinates). Braai stands are available and rangers will be on stand- by to assist when necessary.
In the Knysna section, the public is invited to take a 30-minute stroll in the Garden of Eden guided by rangers between (09:00am and 14:00pm daily during the campaign week). Those interested in seahorses, can visit the SANParks Office on Thesen Island from Monday to Friday (from 10:00am until 12:00am). Visitors can access the Forest Legends museum in Diepwalle, Knysna forest, for free from Monday- Wednesday between (11:00am – 14:00pm).
The focus in Wilderness is on the young at heart as they explore the Park’s various activities such as canoeing through indigenous forests on the Touw River.
Free entry into the Park excludes costs for accommodation and activities. To visit various sections of the Park: http://www.sanparks.org/parks/garden_route/
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