Lion’s Head trail reopened

2019-03-12 06:00
The Lion's Head Hiking Trail has been opened after being closed for maintenance. PHOTO: Michelle Lescarbeau

The Lion's Head Hiking Trail has been opened after being closed for maintenance. PHOTO: Michelle Lescarbeau

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A section of the Lion’s Hear Hiking Trail was opened on Friday 1 March, six weeks after it closed for maintenance.

The upgraded trail features a section with new infrastructure along the pathway.

It is not clear when will the remaining section, the footpath on the north facing slope from the Kramat leading up to the spiral trail, be opened.

Babalwa Dlangamandla, Table Mountain public relations officer, urged visitors to comply with the signage on site and use the existing ladder or spiral pathway to reach the summit.

Furthermore, she said that many illegal trails have been closed as part of rehabilitation efforts and asked visitors to stay on the demarcated trail and respect the closures.

“The conservation team have also commenced vegetation rehabilitation in a number of places and the park requests you to assist the team with this process by not stepping off the pathway for any reason.”

Dlangamandla urged visitors to assist the park by clearing all their litter after visits.

Following recent concerns on social media about the usage of certain sections of the Lion’s Head within the Table Mountain National Park, SANParks confirmed that the sections on question were not open to the public due to ongoing assessment of the work that has been done.

These sections included the newly installed staples and chains, but visitors to the area have ignored signage informing them that these sections are not to be accessed and they are closed.

SANParks rangers also patrol the area informing citizens that certain sections are not open for use and have been demarcated as such.

“With the recent fires SANParks had to delay the opening of Lion’s Head, and we have subsequently reopened the footpath section leading to the summit where maintenance work was successfully completed,” SANParks head of corporate communications, Janine Raftopoulos said.

She said that visitors have posted images of the sections that were not opened to the public yet and that they should not be assessing the area.

“We will ensure that the closed sections are certified safe before reopening them. We also want to reassure members of the public that standard procedure is to conduct safety checks before the area is reopened.”

Raftopoulos further said that anyone who access the unauthorised area do so at their own risk and may be liable to a fine.


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