Trails reopen on trial

2016-12-13 09:47
Upper Tokai has been reopened on a trial basis on weekends.

Upper Tokai has been reopened on a trial basis on weekends.

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The Upper Tokai part of the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) reopened last Saturday on a trial period for weekends only.

During this trial period it will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 07:00, excluding Christmas Day.

It was closed in the interest of public safety and to protect the environment for safety and rehabilitation reasons.

Tarcia Hendricks of Sanparks says TMNP commends the great teamwork done between stakeholders which has resulted in the reopening.

“TMNP management understood that users were eager to access Upper Tokai and therefore Sanparks teams, together with volunteers, embarked on an extensive rehabilitation process, including repairs to certain routes and tracks which were damaged during the fires, as well as ongoing tree-felling operations,” she says.

If visitors and cyclists stick to the approved routes and rules of the area, it may eventually be opened during the week as well.

The tracks are almost complete, with 80% of them ready to be ridden.

“TMNP management and staff would like to encourage user groups to be courteous in sharing the reopened tracks or paths and more so to take in the panoramic views now on offer.

“For security reasons Sanparks recommends that you ride in groups of four or more. Please do not carry any valuables on you and ensure that you notify someone of your intended route and return time,” she says. Cyclists should note that many tracks are shared with horse riders, hikers and trail runners, who have right of way.

Mountain bikers should access the trail from the Tokai picnic site’s parking area, while hikers, joggers and walkers are encouraged to use the Silvermine entrances at Ou Kaapse Weg, Constantia Neck and Blackburn Ravine, for safety reasons.

There are a limited number of parking bays at the picnic site, so cyclists are encouraged to arrive on their bikes.

Activity permit checks and day fee payments will also be managed at these sites.

Sanparks urges visitors to load the emergency number on their phones: 0861 110 6417.

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