Don’t get caught out by key changes

2019-12-17 06:00
The Silvermine lookout point attracts many tourists and adventure seekers daily. PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

The Silvermine lookout point attracts many tourists and adventure seekers daily. PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

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Table Mountain National Park urges all visitors to exercise caution during the festive season when visiting the parks and engaging in recreational activities, and to take notice of key changes made at certain locations.

. All visitors who wish to take their dog for a walk, sport climbing, paragliding, horse riding, line fishing and cycling in the parks need a day activity permit or an annual activity permit. Ensure your permits are in order before beginning your activity.

. At Cape Point, the Rooikrans satellite parking area will be available as overflow parking for Cape Point up to Sunday 5 January. There will be buses available to transport visitors to and from Rooikrans and they will run free until the date mentioned above.

. Penguins are best viewed from the three boardwalks starting at the Boulders visitor centre. Visitors should pay careful attention to tides as this limits the available space on the beach. There are no lifeguards on duty at Boulders Beach.

. No braaing is allowed at sites around the Silvermine reservoir in the summer months. Picnicking is allowed all year round. Cycling is only allowed during gate operating hours and not at night. Day permits for cycling are available at the Gate 1 access point. Swimming is allowed in the reservoir but is at own risk. Baboons do move through Silvermine. Do not feed the baboons and ensure all food is packed away if baboons are present.

. The Oudekraal and Tokai picnic sites are open all year to members of the public and braaing is allowed. No alcohol, music or gazebos allowed in the picnic site. Baboons do enter the picnic site on occasion. Bring your own grid and standing umbrellas. No free-standing braais permitted.

. Newlands picnic site has no credit card machine and all entries have to be paid for in cash on arrival or upon production of a wild or green card. No alcohol and music allowed.

. Serious parking problems occur at the Newlands Forest parking area over weekends, and in season, with the official parking area overflowing at about 09:00 on the weekends.

Visitors to Newlands Forest are requested to comply with the applicable signage and not park illegally.

Cars that are parked illegally will be fined and cars that are blocking the entrance or exit for SANParks Table Mountain National Parks (TMNP) fire fighting vehicles will be towed away.

. Parking at Signal Hill is always challenging. To avoid congestion, visit the site first thing in the morning before the bulk of the tourists arrive.

. No film and event permits will be issued prior to Monday 13 January.

. Never carry out your activity alone and always have four or more buddies when out hiking, trail running, cycling or horse riding. Let someone know which route you will follow and when you expect to return home.

. It is fire season. Be vigilant at all times. Should you notice a fire anywhere on the mountain please call the TMNP emergency numbers. Do not attempt to fight the fire on your own.

. Other national parks in the Cape Region include Agulhas National Park, Bontebok National Park, West Coast National Park and Tankwa Karoo National Park.

. TMNP does not accept electronic proof of identification on the phone, but they do accept certified copies of South African IDs or driver’s licenses.

V Emergency numbers are 0861 106 417 or 107 or 021 480 7700. For more safety hiking tips, follow the link: https://www.sanparks.org/parks/tablemountain/tourism/safehiking.php.

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