New tariffs announced for picture-perfect Garden Route National Park

2019-11-12 08:08 - Marisa Crous
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Visiting the exquisite Garden Route National Park (GRNP) is a feast for the eyes.  It is one of South Africa's most loved national parks and hosts many visitors from around the country and the globe every year.

The Park’s variety of landscapes, seascapes and waterscapes is what draws visitors throughout the year to the Region. The Park spans across 128 000 hectares, 1/3 of this landscape are indigenous forests and some 2/3 of fynbos.

Its waterscapes are of significant value for the conservation of biodiversity including Knysna’s estuary which is ranked number 1 by independent researchers for its biodiversity and Swartvlei ranked 6 out of 250 in South Africa.  

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(PHOTO: King Edward Big Tree, Diepwalle, Knysna forest)


The GRNP has adjusted its entrance fees also known as conservation fees for most of its gates to include CPI (Consumer Price Index) this year. Suggestions from local cyclists were considered. A day’s pass for cycling the world-famous Harkerville trails and Homtini costs R53.

There is an introduction of monthly, seasonal and a family permit for cycling. There is also a 20% discount applicable to vessels that are kinder to the environment such as 4-stroke engines, provided there is proof thereof. Likewise, tariffs for canoes, rowing boats and electric boats get a discount to encourage more use of environmentally friendly activities. 30 day-permits cost R100 and annual permits R200. 

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Entrance Gate fees:

Tsitsikamma Section:

South African Citizens and Residents (with ID) - R62 per adult, per day; R31 per child, per day

SADC Nationals (with passport) - R124 per adult, per day; R62 per child, per day

Standard Conservation Fee - R248 per adult, per day; R124 per child, per day 

Nature's Valley Section:

South African Citizens and Residents (with ID) - R56 per adult, per day; R28 per child, per day

SADC Nationals (with passport) - R56 per adult, per day; R28 per child, per day

Standard Conservation Fee  - R112 per adult, per day; R56 per child, per day

Wilderness Section: 

South African Citizens and Residents (with ID) - R46 per adult, per day; R23 per child, per day

SADC Nationals (with passport) - R92 per adult, per day; R46 per child, per day

Standard Conservation Fee (Foreign Visitors) - R152 per adult, per day; R76 per child, per day

Knysna Section: 

South African Citizens and Residents (with ID) - R38 per adult, per day; R19 per child, per day

SADC Nationals (with passport) - R76 per adult, per day; R38 per child, per day

Standard Conservation Fee (Foreign Visitors) - R152 per adult, per day; R76 per child, per day M

More tariffs can be found on the Park’s website. 

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