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6. GARDEN ROUTE NATIONAL PARK

6.     GARDEN ROUTE NATIONAL PARK

Eastern Cape & Western Cape
Size 1 210 sq.km
Established 2009

The Garden Route National Park is a national park in the Garden Route region of South Africa. It was established on 6 March 2009 by amalgamating the existing Tsitsikamma and Wilderness National Parks, the Kysna National Lake Area and various other areas of state-owned land. The park is a coastal reserve well known for its indigenous forests, dramatic coastline, and the Otter Trail. The Wilderness part of the national park is natural area stretching from the Touw River mouth to the Swartvlei estuary and beyond, where it links with the Goukamma Nature Reserve, giving protection to five lakes and the Serpentine, which is the winding strip of water joining Island Lake to the Touw River at the Ebb & Flow Rest Camp. The wildlife in this natural area is varied, and includes the Knysna seahorse, pansy shell, pied kingsher, Knysna lourie, grey heron, and little egret.

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