Although rivers in the Tsitsikamma section of the GRNP are relatively full subsequent to recent rainfall, all day and multi-day hiking trails are now open including the world famous Otter trail hike. Water in the Natures Valley camp has also subsided. According to Area Manager of Knysna (GRNP), Johan de Klerk ‘roads in the forestry areas in Knysna (Kom-se-Pad) are drivable and trees, debris, water cleared.’
The Jubilee Creek picnic area is still closed and trails in and around Goudveld are under assessment.
The Ebb & Flow Rest Camp in the Wilderness section of the Park is open and operating although some of the trails are also under assessment due to high water levels, particularly the Half-collared (7,2km) and Brown-hooded trails (4,1km).
With the current weather prediction of mild to warm conditions, water is expected to drain to various water sources such as rivers and the ocean.
This is welcomed as the GRNP team gears up to open all its gates for free during the SA National Parks Week campaign starting on the 14th September – 19th September 2015. General Manager of the GRNP, Jill Bunding-Venter has assured all visitors that ‘all planned activities for SA National Parks Week will proceed including the Regional launch event in Harkerville (Knysna forest) on Monday, the 14th September and other day to day activities.’
Boilerplate: Spanning across gorges and mountain hills, are tall, dense, species-rich ‘Afro-temperate forests of the Garden Route’. They are the largest forest complex in Southern Africa (approximately 60 500 hectares) according to the SANParks State of Knowledge Report (2013) released by its scientists in the Garden Route.
‘They occur from sea level to altitudes of 1 000 metres or more, but most of the high forest occurs on the coastal plateau and foothills of the mountains. They display great variation in forest structure, species composition and species density due to the variations in topography, soils, microclimate and other factors