Upper Tokai to reopen on Saturday

2016-12-07 16:01
Upper Tokai will be open this weekend after it was closed for public safety as well as for the protection of the environmental

Upper Tokai will be open this weekend after it was closed for public safety as well as for the protection of the environmental

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Upper Tokai will reopen to the public on Saturday (10 December) at 07:00 on a trial period for weekends only excluding Christmas Day, SANParks has announced in a statement.

In the interest of public safety as well as for the protection of the environmental integrity, the Tokai section of Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) remained closed to the public for safety and rehabilitation reasons.

Tarcia Hendricks from SANParks says TMNP commends the great teamwork between stakeholders which has now 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 or tracks which were damaged during the fires as well as ongoing tree-felling operations.”

The tracks are almost complete with 80% rideable; other operations which are ongoing include: Removal of alien invasive plants; Erection of signage/chains/fencing/gates to demarcate “no-entry” areas/routes in order to prevent users from accessing the burnt lower slopes in Tokai where the dangerous gum tree harvesting operations are ongoing; Installation of info signage (map, indemnity, conditions) at pay point and trail head; Arranging of Marshalls at the approved designated trail heads and strategic points to assist riders and monitor compliance.

“While access for user groups will be from all pay points, park management would like to recommended that mountain bikers access the trail from the Tokai Picnic site (parking) while hikers, joggers and walkers are encouraged to access from the Silvermine entrances, for safety reasons.

"Cyclists are asked to be aware that there are a limited number of parking bays available and for ease of access it isrecommended that you arrive on your bike. Activity permit checks and day fee payments will also be managed at these sites,” says Hendricks.

Cyclists must  note that many of the tracks are shared tracks with horse riders, hikers and trail runners. Please respect that they have right of way and enjoy the ride! The Tokai Arboretum is still closed to all public access.

Tokai gate times:
October - April 07:00 to 18:00

Silvermine gate times:
September - April 07:00 to 18:00
Day Permit Fee: R75.00 
Annual Activity Permit: R500

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