A big get together for a pre-launch photoshoot.
FRONT: (L-R) USCT CEO Phelisa Mangcu, RNM Tourism Portfolio Commission Chairman Hilton Boyland, USCT Board Chairperson Joy Crutchfield, Tourism Co-ordinator/Chief Representative Victor Jaca, RNM Mayor Cynthia Mqwebu, and General Sales Manager Halfway Toyota Shelly Beach Stephen Jones.
BACK: (L-R) Manager Automark Shelly Beach Theunis Barnard, Tourism Development GM Mazethu Zondi, and Tourism Membership Officer Nokulunga Radebe.
Fantastic news is that the long-awaited kwaNzimakwe Multi Trail Park will be launched on Sunday, 3 November. If you are one of those mentioned above, or simply a lover of nature and the outdoors, you are invited to be part of what promises to be a unique introductory experience of this South Coast Tourism development project.
The launch will be the first step in turning this project into a huge drawcard for local as well as tourist fans of outdoor activities in an unspoilt, scenic and picturesque area. During the inaugural event, there will be a 4×4 obstacle and demo course, organised by local motor dealers. Bring your 4×4 vehicle and test your skills under the guidance of experts. Another item on the day will be a 10-kilometre trail run hosted by the South Coast Striders. People who want to go for a scenic and fun family hike, can do so on the 4-kilometre walking trail through beautiful surroundings, taking their dogs along if they so wish.
Another attraction will be a 4-hour 4×4 trail which has been specially designed. During the trip participants will have the option to stop for refreshments and a braai. There will be a special item for off-road motorcycle fans as well, namely a special 22 kilometre trail. This run will be in aid of Stuart Gregory’s ‘Nuts4Dakar’ campaign.
Food and other refreshments will be provided by the local community. Please watch the local media for more details on this historic event.
Several key role players were present at a pre-launch photoshoot. Ugu South Coast Tourism CEO Phelisa Mangcu, said: “Through the KwaNzimakwe Multi-Trail Park we are looking to create exposure of the area as a tourist attraction and increase visitor numbers, particularly those looking for outdoor adventure. Our role, as USCT, is to expand the geographical footprint of tourism, opening up the entire South Coast to the benefits of the resultant economic instream. We believe that the kwaNzimakwe Multi-Trail Park will work to achieve this, offering the tourists a unique experience while also creating jobs for the local community.” Ray Nkonyeni Mayor Cynthia Mqwebu, Tourism board chairperson Joy Crutchfield, Tourism Development GM Mazethu Zondi, and RNM Development Planning and Tourism Portfolio chairman Hilton Boyland expressed their delight and satisfaction that this new tourism attraction on the South Coast had been brought to fruition. They were unanimous that it would become a major draw card in the near future, and that meaningful progress had now been made in opening up rural tourism in the area. The Multi-Trail Site would also enable the local communities to take advantage of the opportunity to sell their products such as curios and refreshments. They agreed that the project was an integral part of USCT’s drive to spread tourism throughout the entire South Coast, including the less developed areas, and that the development of the venue would not only put it on the tourism map for South Africans, but eventually globally as well.
When asked for comment, Inkosi B.S. Nzimakwe, under whose jurisdiction the the area of the park falls, said he would like to place on record how happy the community of the area was that it could work towards a multi-trail centre in kwaNzimakwe. “After our community was involved in the Margate Enduro, we experienced how we can work hand in hand with tourism and event organisers to offer the community the opportunity to host events in our area. We warmly welcome this opportunity and as a community would gladly participate in the upcoming events in the multi-trail park on a regular basis.”
The kwaNzimakwe Multi Trail Park will be developed in stages, including the erection of a clubhouse, restaurant, tourism information centre, and administrative offices. There is also scope for a camping site for indulging in an outdoor lifestyle, and for local traders to formalise a ‘traders’ market’ within the park. Eventually the park will comprise the following: A 4×4 trails experience, walking and running trails, enduro, motorbike, birding and nature trails, motocross and mountain bike closed circuit tracks, cultural activities and experiences, and local traders/farmers’ weekend markets.
The site is approximately 18 kilometres from the Southbroom traffic lights, and is easily accessible for visitors off the tar road by travelling on only 200 metres of dirt road before reaching the proposed parking area.