Communities in Tsitsikamma on Saturday, September 17 came out to enjoy the last free access day of the week through planned soccer and rugby tournaments at the SANParks sportsfield at Storms River Village. Photo: Supplied
KNYSNA NEWS - Almost 5 000 people visited the Garden Route National Park GRNP) during this year’s SA National Parks Week – over 1 500 more people than last year.
The campaign in the Garden Route progressed for seven days to allow neighbouring communities to have free access into the park.
Financed by FNB and Total SA, the week kicked off with the launch of a cycling route of 7.5km suitable for the whole family – in the middle of the forest in Goudveld, a few kilometers from Knysna town. Stakeholders and guests were treated to high tea in the Goudveld forest as part of an information session emphasising the significance of protecting ecosystems. If nature was not protected in the Garden Route, tourism would not be as progressive.
Communities in Tsitsikamma on Saturday, September 17 came out to enjoy the last free access day of the week through planned soccer and rugby tournaments at the SANParks sportsfield at Storms River Village.
Bulelwa Msengi, area manager of Tsitsikamma section, had the following to say: "We are excited about the 600-plus people who came out to celebrate and learn more about nature despite rainy weather. This is an indication that more free access days must be planned outside campaign week to foster the relationship with the community. This will be over and above existing outreach campaigns implemented by our People & Conservation office. We are more excited about young kids who could be tomorrow’s champions for the protection of the environment."
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