Habitat Landscape Architects have in-house heritage and tourism specialists. We have been involved in numerous heritage projects both as principle specialists and as part of a larger team of specialists. The association of Landscape Architecture and Archaeology through a synergistic approach enables us to provide our clients with integrated solutions. From a tourism design and development perspective Habitat has completed diverse projects and studies over the years. We have a strong bias for site interpretation, route development, heritage trail and heritage site development, and also mitigation.
Services offered in this sector comprise:
- Heritage research and surveys
- Heritage Impact Assessments and management plans
- Site identification, documentation, management and development
- Heritage planning, feasibility and design
- Tourism route feasibility, design and development
- Content development and interpretation
- Interpretive routes and trails
- Displays and information signage
- Land claims assessment
Dinokeng is the first free-roaming Big 5 residential game reserve in Gauteng to border on an urbanised area. The Dinokeng project is an initiative of Gauteng Tourism to stimulate sustained economic growth in the north-eastern part of the Province.
As part of the Dinokeng Game Reserve (DGR) the Province, in partnership with land owners and the adjacent communities, is looking to develop self-drive routes to unlock and maximise the tourism potential of the Reserve. Habitat Landscape Architects, with the support of Royal Haskoning DHV, embarked on an extensive feasibility assessment and stakeholder engagement process to develop the self-drive component for the Reserve. The product included a detailed assessment of the Reserve, the infrastructure, and the viability of several alternative options, the development of a community beneficiation model with implementation and management guidelines and a monitoring framework. The framework also included the development of all tourism and related infrastructure, signage and route interpretation content.
These routes aimed to be as robust as possible and to act as a catalyst in unlocking the development and economic potential for especially the local communities on the periphery of the Reserve. The routes link key points of interests of ecological, topographical, geographical and cultural heritage importance, as well as providing facilities such as stopovers, picnic spots and bird hides.