Cape Town - Construction at the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) is underway, with the office building confirmed to be complete and operational.
South African National Parks (SANParks) says that the office building that will house client services and reception staff is now operational, while the entrance gate to the Tsitsikamma section will be complete in 2018.
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According to SANParks, it is "in the process of appointing a concession holder to complete the construction work at the gate after a hired company could not complete the task due to unforeseen circumstances."
"SANParks followed due process after the termination of the company’s contract by obtaining three quotations. Negotiations with a suitable local contractor to complete the task are underway. This is the best decision to fast-track the completion of the work at the main gate," says SANParks.
R19+ million Tsitsikamma upgrade
The Tsitsikamma Section project began in 2016 as part of a +R19 million project to upgrade 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.
"To date, 80% of the work is complete including a temporary road constructed in 2015 to allow visitors to access the Park," says SANParks.
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The upgrades aim to introduce a "streamlined structure and system" for visitors. "Noise levels around the site have remained normal and parking space has not affected by the construction work. No heavy machinery is used and all work is on existing footprint," says SANParks.
The Park has a temporary restaurant and curio shop and a variety of accommodation on offer. Activities for visitors include ziplining, forest excursions with a segway, hiking trails and water activities. Measures to ensure traffic flows efficiently from the Park’s main gate are also in place. They include an introduction of a new lane, additional staff to assist visitors.
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