Table Mountain festive season safety tips

2013-12-05 11:26
Table Mountain cable car

Table Mountain cable car

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Summer holidays are around the corner and with the sun rays heating up the Mother City – here are some helpful tips and to help you enjoy Table Mountain National Park.  

Tips to enjoy a safe and happy holiday:

- Take a hike, but don’t go on your own. Walk in a group of at least 4 people at the speed of the slowest person. You can walk along the newly restoration trail within Tokai Park, along Orpen road, where you will get a view of over 1000 different plant species.

- Take plenty water with you – and remember your dogs! Many people forget to bring extra water for their 4-legged friends when taking a walk in the mountains.  Also remember to bring along poo bags – this will keep the trails clean for all mountain users.  

- For a great Christmas present idea – why not buy a loved one a Level 1 My Activity Permit Multi-User dog-walking permit – the multi-user permit is a special package that has been designed to permit more than one person to walk a family’s dog, at discounted rates. More information about this can be found at .

- Visiting the picnic and braai sights this holiday? Remember to keep the area clean from liter.

- Wear sun-block, a hat and bring a light, all-weather jacket with you – in Cape Town, you can never be sure how many seasons you’ll get in a day. 

- Programme the TMNP emergency phone number (0861 106 417) onto your cell phone and make sure someone at home knows where you are. Use this number if you see suspicious individuals on the mountain, if you get stuck, lost or injured – rangers are there to help you.

- Don’t throw your cigarette butts out of your car window – Cape Town summers are often dry and windy – and it takes just one spark to start a devastating fire – to animals, plants and neighbouring communities.

- Please do not feed any baboons you may encounter – they are wild animals and can become dangerous. If you see a problematic baboon – call the Baboon Hotline on 071 588 6540.

- Keep a watchful eye when out in the sun for the shy and slinky citizens – the Cape Cobra likes to show off in the sun, whilst her friend, the Puff Adder, is often on night shift.  

- Remember to enjoy the park the way she is meant to be enjoyed – take nothing but photographs, and leave nothing but footprints.  

A few fun things to do:

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway  

The Table Mountain Cableway launched their ½ price Sunset Special on 1 November. The promotion runs until 20 December and again from 6 January to 28 February 2014. Please note that these dates exclude 21 December – 5 January 2014.

For more information on the specials run by the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway during the festive season, visit or call 021 424 0015  

Cape Point  

Cape Point is celebrating summer by offering locals and visitors to Cape Town the chance to win irresistible prizes every day for four weeks.  The Countdown to Summer campaign kicked off on 18 November and runs until Friday 13 December 2013.

Keep your eyes glued to Cape Point’s social media platforms [Facebook, Twitter and Instagram] to see how you could win amazing daily prizes such as romantic meals for two and overnight stays surrounded by nature.

For more information, visit or call (021) 780 9010/11. Follow Cape Point on Facebook, Twitter @CapePointSA, and Instagram @CapePointSA  

Important Gate Times and Closures

Due to capacity constraints there may be delays or temporary gate closures at popular tourist spots such as Boulders and Cape Point.

The Cape of Good Hope section will close for entries at 16:00 on 25 and 26 December as well as 1 and 2 January 2014 due to capacity constraints. Please be advised of these times and head to the park early if you plan to picnic or braai, as space is limited to first come, first serve.  

Office Hours during the holidays

The Tokai Wild Card Sales Office will close at 13:00 on the 24th Of December and reopen at 08:00 on the 30th of December 2013.

The Wild Card office will commence normal working days from Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 16:00pm.  Please note that My Activity Permits and My Green Cards can be purchased from Cape Town Tourism Visitor Centres in addition to the Tokai Wild Card Sales Office.

Some of these offices will be open over the public holidays in season and can be contacted on 021 762 0687.

Note that a 'My Green Card' may not be renewed prior to the expiry date as exhibited on the card. Wild Cards can be renewed online on  

Keep up to date with the latest news and events in Table Mountain National Park by keeping an eye on their Facebook page and Twitter handle @TableMountainNP. If you Instagram, be sure to tag @SAN_Parks during your adventures in the park. 

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