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+R17 million Tsitsikamma upgrades finally kick off

Traveller24

Cape Town - The extensive set of planned upgrades for the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park is finally expected to start at the Storms River Rest Camp within the next two weeks. 

In August last year, GRNP announced that more than R17 million upgrades was "set to start early in 2016", but the first upgrades, involving the entrance gate and administration building of the Tsitsikamma section, will only kick off at the beginning of June.

This, according to Nandi Mgwadlamba for the GRNP, was because of a "delay in running the tender process".

Actual construction at the gate and administration building was also slowed down while a temporary bypass was under construction to allow traffic to be re-diverted and visitors to access the Park without hindrance. The gate area will be cordoned off while work on the main gate progresses to allow buses and vehicles easy access. 

Lesley Ann Meyer for the Tsitsikamma section of the park says the upgrades won't hamper the visitor experience, as they have structured construction work with their visitors in mind. 

"Although there is a delay, we are confident work will progress well and end before the end of November 2016", Mgwadlamba told Traveller24. 

The renovation of the gate aims to introduce a far simpler structure and system for visitors entering the Park’s main gate. 

This is what the new entrance gate is planned to looked like: 


(Sketch of the upgraded entrance gate - Supplied)

Noise levels are expected to remain normal and parking space will also not be affected at all by any of the construction work. No heavy machinery will be used and all work will be done on the existing footprint. "The upgrades will be done in an eco-friendly manner and will make ample provision for universal access," the GRNP said in August last year.  
 
Other upgrades that are part of the +R17 million project include a new office block, development around the Big tree and the restaurant area.

Earlier this month, Minister Derek Hanekom told parliament during his Tourism Budget Speech that the Tsitsikamma Big Tree upgrade forms part of the Department of Tourism's overall infrastructural and community-focused improvement plan at a handful of SA's main attractions. 

You can see 6 Responsible improvements planned by SA Tourism here. 

The Tsitsikamma (Garden Route National Park) is among South Africa’s most loved National Parks for its picturesque gorges, rocky coastline, dense mystical forests and rich biodiversity.


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