Sporting events in National Parks

The Otter African Trail Run takes place annually in the Tsitsikamma Section of the SANParks run Garden Route National Park. Before entering the 2010 event, I had an enlightening chat with Galeo Saintz (Rim of Africa) about his concerns over the use of the Otter Trail for such an event. This caused me to be curious as to a number of aspects of the event, and I am satisfied that the information at hand leads me to believe that the organisers, Magnetic South, have worked together with SANParks to ensure that the event benefits the Trail, and does not create more of an impact on the area than the existing trail already does.

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Arniston Fish Traps

The fish traps at Arniston are simply stone “walls” built on the shoreline to form rock pools in the tidal zone. Fish that swim in over the walls at hight tide are then trapped when the water resides come low-tide. This would have been an important source of protein for local residents in the years gone by.

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Genadendal Hiking Trail

The two day Genadendal Hiking Trail starts and ends in the tiny Overberg village of Genadendal. In the last week of June, I managed to persuade 5 other intrepid hikers to brave the wet Cape Winter to tackle this beautiful mountain adventure.

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