GARDEN ROUTE NEWS - The Garden Route National Park (GRNP), consisting of three sections, Tsitsikamma, Knysna and Wilderness, will apply stringent safety measures during this summer holiday.
This is according to Vuyiswa Thabethe, general manager for the Garden Route region of SANParks (South African National Parks), who said to help curb the spread of the coronavirus and optimise the safety of both staff and visitors, the region will be deploying a rotation system to all non-essential staff based in the regional office in Knysna.
According to Thabethe, a quota system will be introduced in the Wilderness Section as from 16 December. Popular areas like Island Lake, Tarentaal and the Half-collared Kingfisher Trail will have a quota system, restricting the number of people entering the facilities.
The lagoon area closer to the Wilderness beach will be closed completely from 15 December to 15 January 2021.
Although they understand that these are favourite spots for holidaymakers and local people, SANParks remains committed to responsible tourism.
Other controlled access areas include those leading to Big Trees like Krisjan se Nek, the Dalene Matthee memorial and popular picnic spots. Visitors will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.
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