Hiking trails in Diepwalle and Harkerville will be closed temporarily due to rain and opened after the rains. According to Park Manager for the Knysna section of the Garden Route National Park, Megan Taplin, ‘it is great to see rivers overflowing, the trails will be closed temporarily until after the rain.
This is done to also protect hikers and nature walkers who use trails in Diepwalle and Harkerville forests. This includes the world-famous multi-day Outeniqua hiking trail.’
‘We continue to monitor the situation.’
Rain measured in Diepwalle was at 30mm over the Weekend and another 30mm last weekend. In the Harkerville forest, 20,5mm was measured overnight on Easter Monday until Tuesday morning 923rd April 2019).
Measurements around the Knysna estuary were at 47mm from last Monday until this morning (23rd April 2019).
Rain measured in the Storms River Village amounted to 40mm for the Easter Weekend according to Senior Section Ranger, Eugenia Mkhatshwa. She said no trails are closed in Tsitsikamma and the situation is being monitored.
Picture of hikers in the Knysna forest, Theunis Schutte