Cape Town - The Garden Route National Park (GRNP) announced they will be adding a 5% increase to the tariffs for recreational activities in its parks as a precaution to guard against inflation.
The 5% Consumer Price Index (CPI) addition is "to accommodate any estimated changes in prices for the period 2015/2016" GRNP's Nandi Mgwadlamba says.
The price change will come into effect on 1 November 2015.
All day hikes and picnic spots' entry fees will remain under R30 for South African citizens.
Cyclists will now pay R40 for a day permit, up from the previous R38 charge. For seasonal permits, cyclists will now pay R158 and R578 for annual permits.
Subsequent to ongoing discussions with the boat and vessel forum, a 30-day and annual permits (including the new 5% CPI increase) will be available from SANParks premises from 1 November.
These permits include fees for sailing.
The complete fee structure is available on the SANParks website.
Fees payable to enter the Park (conservation fees applicable for the Knysna and Wilderness sections of the Park) are as follows:
South African citizens: R22 per adult; R11 per child
SADC: R44 per adult; R22 per child
International visitors: R68 per adult; R34 per child
Conservation fees differ for accommodation or overnight hiking trails and the treetop chalets. The conservation fees are R28.
Two weeks ago, the GRNP announced a brand new mountain biking route in the Harkerville Forest. The GRNP, together with Plettenberg Bay-based adventure company Muddy Foot Adventures will launch the route officially on Saturday, 7 November in a fun cycling open-day.
The route is one of the improvements of the cycling and MTB-ing offering in the park, brought about by a new technical team appointed by SANParks to identify maintenance needs of cycling routes in the Knysna forest.