GARDEN ROUTE NEWS - All hiking trails under the control of SANParks are open again. Nandi Mgwadlamba, SANParks media spokesperson, told the George Herald that this includes the Outeniqua hiking trail.
Some of the trails were closed on 23 April as a precautionary measure because streams and rivers were overflowing after recent rains.
Jonathan Britton reported rainfall in the forest areas managed by the Wilderness section of the park as 19,6mm in the upper catchment of the Touw River, 15,6mm in Bergplaas, 15,6mm in Corneliskop and 10,4mm in Farleigh.
Mgwadlamba said preparatory channels were made to open the Swartvlei and Touw river mouths, but water levels remained lower and thus breaching did not occur.
Hiking trails now open in Wilderness include the Brown-Hooded Kingfisher trail (7km), the Bosduif Loop, Cape Dune Molerat (9km), and the popular Half-collared (7km) and Giant Kingfisher (3,5km) trails.
All Knysna's trails including Diepwalle and Harkerville trails are open. None of Tsitsikamma's trails were closed, although rain was measured at 40mm.
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