On Wednesday, the 13th November 2013, a day visitor to the lookout point close to the famous suspension bridge in Tsitsikamma was nearly raped.
A South African tourist guide rescued the victim.
Once alerted, the rangers went on full alert to try and find the suspect.
The staff in the Tsitsikamma section of the Park has since sent out more rangers to patrol regularly in the area and other seemingly hidden places in the Park.
In addition, guides who are members of the community were trained to come alongside visitors to the Park who may be hiking or walking on nature trails alone.
Despite the incident, SANParks has reassured prospective visitors of security plans underway for this upcoming season.
They include approaching law enforcement agencies and the Police to be more present and visible in and around the Park this upcoming holiday season.
“We have added a number of rangers in areas along the trails to ensure the safety of all guests to the Park” said Tsitsikamma Park’s Senior Section Ranger, Owen Govender.
Visitors are also advised to not hike alone for the moment and partner up with someone or a group.
The park covers an 80 kilometres long stretch of coastline. Nature’s Valley is at the western end of the park, and the main accommodation is at Storms River Mouth.
Near the park is the Bloukrans Bridge, the world’s highest bungee jump at 216 metres.
The word “Tsitsikamma” hails from the Khoekhoe language tse-tsesa, meaning “clear”, and gami, meaning “water”, probably referring to the clear water of the Tsitsikamma River.
Source: Algoa FM