Regulars to Knysna – and all South Africans, for that matter – will be glad to hear that some of its popular Harkerville trails are open once more, following the devastation caused by the recent fire.
After assessing the area’s cycling and hiking routes, SANParks has reopened all but two – the multi-day Harkerville Coastal Trail, and the Red Route cycling trail, with the latter mainly due to erosion and loose debris.
This will come as welcome news to residents of the disaster-stricken coastal town, as tourism will be one of the area’s major recovery avenues, both in terms of revenue and morale.
All the Harkerville region’s day trails are open, including the breathtaking Perdekop walk and the wheelchair-friendly Garden of Eden.
The ocean-hugging Kranshoek Coastal Day-Walk should be open by Friday, but the popular Kranshoek viewpoint and picnic site is still closed as a result of fire damage.
Perdekop forms part of the festivities for the annual Oyster Festival, with the FNB Forest Family Hike set to go ahead next week.
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