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Media Release: New picnic site opens in Addo Elephant National Park

Date: 22nd December 2008

A new picnic site for visitors opens today in the Addo Elephant National Park.

A new picnic site for visitors opens today in the Addo Elephant National Park.

The picnic area, which has 18 sites, is located in the Botanical Reserve off the southern access road in the main game area of the Park. Visitors will be able to picnic and braai here between 8am and 5pm each day.

The remote location of the picnic area means that visitors can enjoy the sounds of the wild and views over the Park with that real “in the bush” feeling. Toilet facilities are available for the visitors’ convenience. Each site has a braai area with grid, table & benches and a small roof for shade. Two of the sites can accommodate larger groups.

“The new picnic site is a welcome and much-needed addition to Addo’s tourist facilities,” said Conservation Manager, John Adendorff.

Visitors urged to take care when using unfenced picnic site

“We urge visitors to take care when using the unfenced picnic site as predators such as lion and leopard do have access to the area. Visitors should remain aware of their surroundings at all times and report any predator sightings to the camp attendant immediately,” continued Adendorff.

Adendorff commented on the Park’s no bin policy at the site which aims to get visitors to take responsibility for the refuse they create. Visitors are required to take out all that they have brought in, including food products and leftovers, in order to protect wildlife from ingesting foreign materials and to reduce the visual impact of refuse.

“This no bin policy will also prevent animals such as vervet monkeys from becoming dependant on human food and will hopefully encourage people to recycle their refuse wherever possible,” said Adendorff.

The 400-hectare Botanical Reserve provides an important area for research on the impact that large herbivores such as elephants have on the thicket vegetation. Visitors should remain in the demarcated picnic area at all times, both for their own safety and to protect the pristine natural vegetation surrounding the site.

Issued by: Megan Taplin, Regional Communications Manager, Addo Elephant, Camdeboo, Karoo, Mountain Zebra National Parks, South African National Parks

Enquiries: Mandy Roets, Regional Marketing Manager, , tel: (042) 233 8645 or e-mail: mandyr@sanparks.org

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