Cape Town - It is all thumbs up for new zipline project in Kranschoek, a new tourism product with SA Forest Adventures (Pty) Ltd as the successful bidder.
The zipline project set to boost tourism for Garden Route and Knysna, after travel trends indicated that South Africa would be among the most-visited countries by adventure travellers in 2017, followed by Galapagos Islands, Costa Rica, New Zealand and Peru.
The Garden Route National Park zipline will be the sixth adventure site for SA Forest Adventure, in addition to adventure hubs on the slopes of Table Mountain, in Hermanus and Caledon.
SA Forest Adventures says the zipline will offer guests an incredible experience with some of the slides up to 800 meters per cable and almost 300 meters from the ground with a tour total of 3.4 Km that will take two hours to complete.
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The procurement process started with a call for suitable service providers to submit proposals (RFP), with public advertisements published in local and Regional media as well as made available for download from the SANParks website on 3 November 2016 and a due diligence site visit that was held on 17 November 2016.
The deadline for bids was on 13 January and according to SANParks, only one bid was received despite the use of multiple communication platforms used to relay the information regarding the tender process.
"The bid indicated strict adherence to an Operational Environmental Management Plan(OEMP) for working within the forest location to ensure that there will be a limited or low impact on the natural environment," says SANParks. "Prior to the installation of the zipline, site visits with SANParks EIA specialists and Scientists will take place to discuss technical details for the construction of the zipline."
This is to ensure what is on paper translates to appropriate actions on the ground that are environmentally sensitive, says Park Manager of the Garden Route National Park, Paddy Gordon.
"Our products must live our brand, and our business is to protect nature at all costs and ensure minimum impact to it," says Gordon.