Visitors to Garden Route National Park requested to bring own food for now

NOVEMBER 28, 2016

According to the South African National Parks (SANParks) its Storms River Rest Camp is open, although visitors are requested to bring their own meals for now. This is after a broke out at the Tsitsikamma Cattle Baron restaurant at Storms River Mouth in the Garden Route National Park, over the weekend.

The fire, which is believed to have started in the kitchen of the restaurant early on Saturday morning, completely gutted the building and a nearby shop.

"The rest of the camp is open and safe," Nandi Mgwadlamba, at SANParks, assured visitors.

She said that a chopper was dispatched in time to protect the fire from spreading to the forest area. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation and no injuries were reported.

Park officials and restaurant owners met on site on Saturday morning to assess the extent of the damage, while insurance teams were expected on site on Sunday.

"The rest of the camp is safe and visitors carry on enjoying their stay in The Park. 

"Activities such as hiking are accessible," said Mgwadlamba.

"Although the rest of the Storms River Rest Camp was not affected by the fire and visitors continue to camp and check into the Park, visitors are requested to bring own meals until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience caused."


Images: SANParks