After many delays, Tsitsikamma's R19 million project's entrance gate is finally set to be completed just in time for the spring season.
The project experienced many delays with the completion of the new entrance to Garden Route National Park after the company hired to work on the project was unable to meet its obligations due to 'unforeseen circumstances', according to South African National Parks.
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The main aim of the new gate is to introduce a
streamlined structure and system for visitors entering the newly constructed gate, which first started building in 2016 as part of an upgrade to infrastructure in the Storms River Rest Camp and development around the Big Tree.
The new entrance will have four lanes to enter the park and two to exit, and during December's peak season there will be temporary lanes in place plus two to three roving SANParks officials to help with entrance paperwork. So far they've also been able to keep noise levels down and work within an existing footprint so as not to affect the environment.
Last year in November they completed the office building which houses client services and reception staff.
"We can certainly see the light now nearly at the end of the
tunnel, the construction is progressing well and not affecting visitors
entering or exiting the Park. We are confident the project will be
completed by spring," says Bulelwa Msengi, area manager for the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park.
The parks saw an increase of 12% in visitor numbers for the 2017/2018 financial year.
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