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Media Release: Suspension bridge at Tsitsikamma Section of GRNP open for December holidays

Date: 10th December 2008

The original route to the suspension bridge at the Tsitsikamma Section of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) will be re-opened during the third week of December.

Tsitsikamma Suspension Bridge
A view of the suspension bridge

The original route to the suspension bridge at the Tsitsikamma Section of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) will be re-opened during the third week of December.

The boardwalk to the suspension bridge over the Stormsriver mouth was destroyed by a fire a few months ago and Park officials had no choice but to close access to the bridge.

Park Manager Darren Claassen said that once they received the geotechnical report, which confirmed that the land is stable, construction started immediately on the reconstruction of boardwalk. “The closure influenced visitor numbers to the Park and we have had numerous cancellations, especially from overseas tour groups as a result of the closure of the bridge.”

“Construction is still in progress for a re-route, scheduled to be finished in April 2009. The finished product will form a circular route with two additional small suspension bridges as part of the route,” said Claassen.

Regional Manager Mvusy Songelwa said that they managed to find additional funding that enabled them to start working on the original boardwalk immediately. “We received the safety go-ahead for the original route faster than anticipated and are happy that the bridge will be open for the upcoming peak tourist season. The circular route that will open in April will enhance visitors’ experience, and we believe will be a great addition to the existing route.”

Issued by:
Knysna PR on behalf of SANParks Garden Route

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