Cape Town - The Garden Route National Park will soon be a zipline richer, as plans to erect the adventure tourist attraction in the park near Knysna and Plettenberg are in progress.
According to SA Forest Adventures, the adventure company that will be operating the attraction, 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.
The total tour will be around 3.4 Km and will take two hours to complete, SA Forest Adventures owner Clinton Lerm says.
Although the specs of the attractions have been lined out by Lerm, approval from SANParks is still pending. "Once the final go-ahead has been given, we will start with construction," Lerm says.
"The venue is exceptionally unique as it's not only in a stunning National Park, but also on the coast. Guests will zipline in a massive gorge with a fantastic view over the ocean below."
Lerm also shared photos of the location, showing the iconic Garden Route coastline beauty.
According to Nandi Mgwadlamba, communications manager for the GRNP, the process to erect the new attraction was started during the last quarter of 2016 already, when a request for proposals (RFP) was published alongside various bidding advertisements.
"SANParks requests proposals for the commercial use of a sections of the Knysna Indigenous Forest which forms part of the Knysna Section of the Garden Route National Park through a public private partnership (PPP) agreement for a Zipline Adventure Activity," the RFP reads.
Bid were evaluated on 17 and 18 January 2017, while the announcement of the preferred bidder was made on 20 January. Mgwadlamba confirmed to Traveller24 that "no other bid was submitted except Clinton Lerm’s bid".
Criteria specifically relating to the environmental impact of the project was included in the requirements for the project, to which the bidders must have adhered to be considered.
"Bidders were required to adhere to an Operational Environmental Management Plan of working within the forest location where particular caution need to taken to ensure that there is limited or no impact on the environment," Mgwadlamba says.
She says details of this Operational Environmental Management Plan study will be provided in future.
The site for the new attraction has already been determined. It will be accessible via a gravel road about 3km from the N2.
Lerm also shared photographs of where the attraction might be situated.
The Garden Route National Park zipline is the sixth adventure site for SA Forest Adventure, in addition to adventure hubs on the slopes of Table Mountain, in Hermanus and Caledon.
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