Research conducted by South African tourism in 2007 indicated some 5 million citizens had the means and the desire to travel. This led to a campaign to encourage locals to visit their country more.
There is a desire from global travellers to venture more into ‘untouched and unique places’ according to a popular global blog (treksoft.com). Travellers are on the lookout for unique and original experiences.
This year’s activities for SA National Parks Week will explore the Garden Route’s hidden gems ‘untouched unique places’ with local citizens. There will be guided hikes in nature- Wilderness daily activities include ‘circles in the forest hike, the Woodville Big tree hike, the Half Collared Kingfisher trail hike, the Dune Molerat hike.’ Visitors can relax to soothing sounds during a ‘sunset seranade in the Park’ on Friday evening from 18:00.
Similarly, there are guided ventures into the forest planned for Harkerville, Diepwalle and the Garden of Eden as well as educational talks (mainly seahorses and birds).
There is a deliberate attempt in Tsitsikamma to get communities to have meaning social interaction in the Park such as hosting a church service in the Park, a fun walk with the elderly, educational talks to schools groups, a soccer tournament and musical extravaganza planned for Saturday, the 17th September 2016.
The Park is home to over 262 bird species and protects a population of twenty-eight (28) species listed in the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) red data list. In the threatened categories, 7.1% of the Parks mammals are listed as endangered (EN) and 14% as vulnerable (VU).
The GRNP is a playground for adventurers with a cocktail of hiking nature trails, cycling routes, water activities and various other forest excursions.
For a list of events: http://www.sanparks.org.za/parks/garden_route/