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Invitation to submit proposals to operate Water-based Commercial Activities in GRNP's Knysna Estuary

South African National Parks (SANParks) invites interested parties to submit proposals for the following commercial water-based activities in the Knysna Estuary (in the Garden Route National Park [GRNP]): 1) guided canoe trips and 2) small vessel charters.

SANParks is a corporate body established in terms of National Environmental Management; Protected Areas Act No 57 of 2003 as amended.

Key points:

  • Infrastructure: no new infrastructure will be permitted.
  • Equipment: Bidders are responsible for their own equipment.
  • Scale of Operating : The bidder must indicate the size of the operation in terms of 1) the number of vessel (s) and 2) the carrying capacity of the vessel (s).
  • Responsibilities: The operation must conform to the policies of SANParks.
  • Term: Three years
  • Proposal and C.V.: Respondents must submit a proposal that includes a monthly operational fee to SANParks and full credentials to the postal address or e-mail or fax number mentioned below. All submissions must be sent in a sealed envelope.

Proposals must indicate the following:

  • The area of operation (specific route/ area)
  • Infrastructure required (please note that no new infrastructure in the estuary will be permitted)
  • Scale of operation (no of vessel(s) and carrying capacity)

In a typical agreement in this sector, the private party is granted the rights to operate these activities on the estuary for commercial purposes. This will take place for a period of three years. In return the private party will meet agreed environmental, development, operating and BEE obligations, and pay a concession fee to SANParks. All quotes must be submitted on the official forms – (not to be re-typed).


These bids are issued in accordance with the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act No. 5 of 2000 (PPPFA) and its Regulations. SANParks is not obliged to accept the lowest or any bid.


  • E-mail & queries to: Andile Namntu, Manager: Business Development:
  • Telephone no: (044) 302 5629
  • Fax no: (044) 302 5627

Please note

  • No late bids will be accepted. SANParks supports Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment.
  • Original and one (1) copy of the bid documents must be submitted for this bid.
  • Bid responses may be posted/deposited:
    • Garden Route Area office, P.O. Box 3542, Knysna, 6570 for the ATTN: Procurement Division OR
    • Drop off box: Office of SANParks, Garden Route Area Office, Thesen Jetty, Thesen Island, Long street, Knysna which is identified as the “tender box”, during office hours from 07:30 to 13:00 and from 13:45 until 16:00 on weekdays

Interested parties are required to submit proposals, in the format given in the RFP, to SANParks no later than Tuesday, 13 December 2011 at 11:00.

In keeping with SANParks’ objectives, attention will be paid to Broad-based –Black Economic Empowerment.