Interactive Glen Reenen

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Interactive Glen Reenen

Guests travelling to Golden Gate Highlands National Park (GGHNP) will be met with an exciting surprise at the Glen Reenen reception area. Through an incredible relationship with SANParks, the Honorary Rangers have built an interactive and informative interpretation centre. Which encapsulates the diversity of Golden Gate and its broad offerings. Mr Property Mokoena, Managing Executive, Parks Division, said,

“Golden Gate Highlands is one of six parks in the SANParks portfolio that has been targeted for accelerated visitor numbers. The key driver for growth in these identified parks is the elevation of a market profile among both domestic and international visitors through leveraging innovative marketing as well as the introduction of market-relevant tourism products. This is why management is exceptionally excited about the launch of the interpretation centre.

We are confident that the centre will provide the most ideal platform to educate visitors, especially children, about dinosaurs and many other aspects within the study of Archaeology.”

Des Bothma, a member of the Honorary Rangers added “the SANParks and Honorary Rangers relationship has been in existence for decades. Both our mandates coincide with one another to promote the conservation and preservation of our national heritage. This is why we could not turn a blind eye to the Golden Gate Highlands National Park management when we received a request for assistance with building an interpretation centre within the park. The discovery of dinosaur eggs is a marvel in South Africa, and what better place than in a National Park?”

It has taken more than two years to put together enough information and material for the team to finalise some artwork and get a glimpse of what the final product will look like. The display includes an introduction, Birds, Geology, Fauna, Vegetation, Palaeontology, History, Activities, Facilities, Climate and Rock Art. The project started around October 2017 and the team successfully completed the final stages of installing the artwork, palaeontology specimens, geological specimens, etc.

The interpretation centre is perfect as it takes visitors through a journey of the discovery of dinosaur eggs. And the beautiful natural heritage of fauna and flora that is found in the park. This is a gift from the Honorary Rangers and we look forward to more exciting projects across the Northern Region. Mokoena further adds, “We trust that this project will enhance the visitor experience in Golden Gate by opening up the wonderful attributes of the park as well as assist the staff to provide a better service to our clients.”

Article submitted by Sipho Mkhwanazi

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