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Department publishes guidelines for national park visitors

Dec 14. 2019
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By THE NATION

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation on Saturday (December 14) posted on its Facebook page a list of Dos and Don’ts for tourists visiting national parks and wildlife reserves to ensure their own safety and that of nature.

The department mentioned the increase in tourist traffic, as the temperature falls in winter, at mountainous national parks for camping and taking pictures of morning fog and wild flowers.

To ensure safety while visiting mountains, trekking routes and scenic points, here are some regulations that must be followed:

1 Do not stray off the routes or scenic points designated by National Parks, as uncharted routes can be dangerous.

2 Do not stand close to the cliff or try to look down it. Make sure to maintain a distance of at least one metre from the cliff, especially those who are afraid of heights or have physical limitations.

3 Be careful when taking pictures near cliffs or mountaintops and always check your surroundings before sitting/posing for picture. Refrain from playing or teasing with each other near these points.

4 Do not try to pave your own routes or making shortcuts in the National Parks, as it can cause confusion to other tourists and is against the law for destroying National Park’s environment.

Those requiring assistance from the Department, can contact its hotline on 1362, which is available 24/7.

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