Vi­si­tors ma­ke most of SAN­Parks na­ti­o­nal week

George Herald - - NEWS - Pau­li­ne Lou­rens

Ho­li­day­ma­kers floc­ked to the SAN­Parks Ebb and Flow Camp in Wil­der­ness o­ver the long wee­kend, en­ding SAN­Parks' Na­ti­o­nal Parks Week on a high no­te.

The pro­gram­me for the week, which was ce­le­bra­ted from 18 - 22 Sep­tem­ber, in­clu­ded a Sunset Se­re­na­de on Sa­tur­day e­ve­ning. It kic­ked off with Mos­sel Bay guit­a­rist and saxop­ho­nist Joe Da­vis, who had so­me po­pu­lar mu­sic up his sleeve. Ot­her mu­si­ci­ans in­clu­ded A­fro Qu­ar­tez, a voi­ce quar­tet from Knys­na, and Les Car­pe­de, com­po­ser/pi­a­nist/ sin­ger from Jo­han­nes­burg.

The la­wn o­ver­look­ing the Touw Ri­ver is an i­de­al ve­nue for such an e­vent and a mar­quee tent pro­vi­ded so­me shel­ter a­gainst the snap­py Sep­tem­ber e­ve­ning.

A walk to the Big Tree in Hoek­wil and a crui­se on Is­land La­ke with the SAN­Parks bo­at ai­med to accen­tu­a­te the link be­t­ween our cul­tu­ral he­ri­ta­ge and our na­tu­ral as­sets.

Re­gi­o­nal Com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons Ma­na­ger Nan­di Mg­wad­lam­ba said SAN­Parks did their be­st to of­fer u­nu­su­al at­tracti­ons, in­clu­ding a selfdri­ve tour of the R339 be­t­ween U­ni­on­da­le and Diep­wal­le and a hi­ke in the Mil­l­wood fo­rest ne­ar Knys­na.

P­ho­to: Pau­li­ne Lou­rens

Re­a­dy to groo­ve at the Sunset Se­re­na­de held on Sa­tur­day are, from left: SAN­Parks A­rea Ma­na­ger: Wil­der­ness, San­dra Tal­jaard; Re­gi­o­nal Com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons Ma­na­ger Nan­di Mg­wad­lam­ba; Gar­den Rou­te Na­ti­o­nal Park Ma­na­ger Pad­dy Gor­don and Joe Da­vis of Mo­jo Mu­sic School, Mos­sel Bay.

Mi­ke Rau­ben­hei­mer of Wil­der­ness Ri­ver Sa­fa­ris (rig­ht) ga­ve two Ger­man tou­ris­ts from Ham­burg a lift on Sa­tur­day af­ter­noon w­hen they batt­led to pad­d­le back to the camp a­gainst the strong bree­ze.

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