South Africa’s first world heritage sight has just completed its Forest Loop on the eastern shores section of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu-Natal.
The park now has five ecological game drives – Pan Loop, Vlei Loop, Dune Loop, Grassland Loop and Forest Loop. Each has its own attractions en route, including hides, lookout points and picnic sites.
Andrew Zaloumis, iSimangaliso CEO, said iSimangaliso had inherited 35km of poor gravel roads from St Lucia to Cape Vidal and Mission Rocks beach. The aim of this construction was to give “South Africans access and a full experience of what is on offer”.
The total cost of the construction was R2.3m (£161 000) and was handled by the Aqua Transport and Plant Hire, and overseen for iSimangaliso by MBB Consulting Engineers. More than 50% of the work went to sub-contractors. The eastern shores now have 66km of high-quality roads that are environmentally appropriate, with a new range of visitor facilities, including hides, lookout points and wheelchair-friendly picnic sites.
Source: Tourism Update. Image: iSimangaliso.com