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Reflecting on the recreational map

In January we launched the Forestry Explained recreational map, and even we were surprised by the media attention the map has generated.

Currently being featured in British Airway’s inflight magazine, High Life. The map has also been featured in Getaway Magazine, the first issue of Wildside Conservation, Weg!/Go! and was selected as one of 20 tourism activities featured in Mail and Guardian’s South African Tourism special issue.

The recreational map provides a one-stop-shop for anyone looking to enjoy the leisure and exercise activities on offer within the forestry landscape. These include the obvious – trail running, mountain biking and hiking – as well as the more obscure – scooter trails, horse riding adventures, museums, picnic sites and a host of stunning natural attractions. Alongside the activities, the map also showcases a number of wonderful accommodation options found within forestry plantations or its conservation areas.

A huge thanks goes to all those who have contributed to the map; it would have been impossible without them.

We are now moving into the second phase of this exciting project, where we are looking to develop the map by adding new attractions and building on those already featured. If you have an attraction you want to add, contact Katy

A number of promotional activities featuring the map are planned to correspond with school holidays in June and over Christmas, using the tagline: Isn’t it time you explored forestry? So be prepared to see the recreational face of forestry popping up in the most unexpected of places.

In the mean time, we would love to hear about your recreational adventures in forestry – drop us a line at

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