GARDEN ROUTE NEWS - The SA National Parks Week in the Garden Route has been extended until the weekend.
National Parks Week started on Monday (16 November). During this week, all South African citizens can gain free entry to one of the national parks by showing their ID.
Vuyiswa Thabethe, General Manager of the Garden Route National Park, announced an extension of the free access campaign (SA National Parks Week) to include the weekend.
She said: “The rainfall over two days made it challenging for visitors to enjoy the parks. We are now opening all gates in the three sections of the GRNP (Wilderness, Knysna and Tsitsikamma) to include 21 - 22 November (Saturday and Sunday).”
The Garden Route National Park (GRNP) has received good rains in the Wilderness section of the park. About 33mm of rain was measured in Farleigh, 32mm in Goudveld, 32mm around the Touw River in Wilderness.
The Knysna section recorded 28mm in the forest and fynbos areas of Harkerville, 22mm in Diepwalle and another 5mm at the Thesen Island jetty.
Approximately 13,2 mm was recorded in the Storms River Rest Camp and 3mm for Bloukrans in Tsitsikamma.
While good rains are great for the park, it has deterred local visitors from taking full advantage of the free-access week funded by FNB and Total SA.
Great sunny weather is expected on Saturday. “’We expect visitors will observe social distancing, wear masks at all times and adhere to all lockdown level 1 regulations,”’ said Thabethe.
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