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Progress on Tsitsikamma entrance gate

Construction of the entrance gate to the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park (Storms River Rest Camp) is well underway after slight delays since its inception in 2016.

Hiccups in the project came after a hired company could not complete the task on time due to unforeseen circumstances. The renovation of the Park’s gate aims to introduce a streamlined structure and system for visitors entering the main gate.

Noise levels around the site have remained normal and parking space has not been affected by the construction work. No heavy machinery is used and all work is on existing footprint. Once completed, visitors will enter and exit the Park more efficiently. There will be 4 lanes to enter the Park and 2 to exit.

This week a company was subcontracted to complete roofing. Roofing will take a month to complete and once done, paving and tar will get underway. Glass doors and windows were also installed this week. At this rate, we are confident the project will be completed by Spring.

The Park put measures in place to ensure easy access for visitors by adding an additional lane to the temporary entrance lane as well as 2- 3 roving SANParks officials to assist with paperwork from the entrance gate.

Acting Area Manager, Obed Maluwa expressed his gratitude to the continued support received from visitors and tour operators during the construction process ‘thank you to all our visitors to the Park, during the Financial Year 2017/2018, the Park received a 12% increase in the number of visitors which is a clear indication of the love visitors have of the Park. We remain grateful for this.’

The Tsitsikamma Section’s project began in 2016 as part of a +R19 million project to upgrade to infrastructure in the Storms River Rest Camp and includes the development around the Big Tree. R19 million was granted by the Expanded Public Infrastructure Programme (EPIP) and National Department of Tourism.


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