Kranshoek Zipline project gets green light
It is still all systems go for the Kranshoek Zipline project despite the recent fires which raged in the area.
The procurement process started with a call for suitable service providers to submit proposals. Public advertisements were published in local and regional media on November 3, 2016 and a due diligence site visit was held two weeks later.
The deadline for bids was January 13, 2017. Only one bid was received despite the use of multiple communication platforms used to relay the information regarding the tender process.
Documents detailing the Request for Proposals (RFP) were also downloadable from the SANParks website. The successful bidder was SA Forest Adventures (Pty) Ltd.
Garden Route National Park (GRNP) spokesman Nandi Mgwadlamba said that since the bidder was announced the area had been affected by the recent fires which swept through Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.
“The GRNP team met up with the SA Forest Adventures to assess the site post the fire and found that the project could go ahead. The development phase begins in September and should be completed by March or April next year,” Mgwadlamba said.
All activities including the zipline must comply with the Garden Route National Park’s zoning plan. The zoning of an area indicates what activities may take place in different sections and the conservation objectives of those sections.
The bid indicated strict adherence to an Operational Environmental Management Plan (OEMP) for working within the forest location to ensure that there will be limited or low impact on the natural environment.
Prior to the installation of the zipline, site visits with SANParks EIA specialists and scientists will take place to discuss technical details for the construction of the zipline.
Back in November 2016, a site visit was arranged with representatives of the Department of Environmental Affairs to ensure compliance with Environmental legislation.
“This is to ensure what is on paper translates to appropriate actions on the ground that are environmentally sensitive. Our products must live our brand, and our business is to protect nature at all costs and ensure minimum impact to it,” GRNP manager Paddy Gordon said.
The Kranshoek zipline project is expected set to boost tourism for Knysna and the Garden Route. This after travel trends indicated South Africa would be among the best visited countries by adventure travellers in 2017 (travelstart.co.za), followed by Galapagos Islands, Costa Rica, New Zealand and Peru.
They are seeking what we already offer- ‘affordable, unique and memorable experiences with nature.