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Table Mountain - Safety and Security

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Re: Table Mountain - Safety and Security

Unread post by Thunderbird7 » Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:30 am

Useful link here for safety around Table Mountain.

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Re: Three Peaks

Unread post by lion queen » Wed Jun 01, 2016 12:51 pm

mks317 wrote:What's the best way to hike the three peaks without using Platteklip Gorge? I've heard using ledges from Devil's Peak, and the India Venster down Table to get to Lion's Head is good, but that it's really difficult to follow the ledges path? Can anyone describe the path leading from Devil's to Table? Thanks!


Hi mks317 and a warm welcome to the forums :gflower: :gflower:

I have no experience on TMNP hiking trails, but until a more experienced mite comes along, here are some links to useful info.

Safe Hiking in Table Mountain National Park

Table mountain brochure.pdf
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Re: Table Mountain - Safety and Security

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:02 pm

Table Mountain National Park Emergency number re-routed

The emergency telephone contact number for Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) has been re-routed in order to streamline the emergency responses.

The TMNP emergency number 0861 106 417 has been re-routed from the Bellville Technical Operations Centre to the 107 Public Emergency Communication Centre (PECC) as from the 27th March 2017. The number to dial for all emergencies in TMNP remains the same and all emergencies will now being dealt with by the 107 operators.

These include safety and security emergencies, injuries, getting lost while hiking in TMNP as well as any wildfire related emergencies.

The 107 PECC handles calls for all types of emergencies within the boundaries of the Cape Metropolitan Area and TMNP has now been included in order for all emergencies to be dealt with by one emergency centre.

Issued by:
South African National Parks (SANParks) Cape Region

Media enquiries:
Merle Collins
SANParks Regional Communications Manager: Cape Region
Tel: 021 659 1702
Email: merle.collins@sanparks.org

Philip Prins
TMNP Fire Manager
SANParks
Tel: 021 689 7438/9

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Re: Table Mountain - Safety and Security

Unread post by rowingboat » Mon Aug 28, 2017 11:45 am

This thread makes for interesting reading but some of the comments have naturally dated.
"I can highly recommend Platteklip Gorge walk (park near the cable car station and take the car down once on top),"

Our family is keen to hike up Table Mountain. Is Platteklip still the safest trail up and are we able to buy our discounted Wildcard tickets at the summit or must we join the queue and buy at the bottom instead?

I didn't realise this useful piece of information for Boulders Beach, is it still relevant please?
"Boulders (go to the southern entrance where there is a family swimming beach, much more fun than the northern entrance where all the big tour coaches go!) "
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Re: Table Mountain - Safety and Security

Unread post by MATTHYS » Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:11 pm

I have referred your questions to SANParks PR, Rowingboat.
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Re: Table Mountain - Safety and Security

Unread post by arks » Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:33 pm

rowingboat wrote:I didn't realise this useful piece of information for Boulders Beach, is it still relevant please?
"Boulders (go to the southern entrance where there is a family swimming beach, much more fun than the northern entrance where all the big tour coaches go!) "

Yes. The northern entrance has a boardwalk and viewing platforms and you will likely see more penguins overall here, but I prefer the small swimming beach at the southern entrance, where sometimes the penguins will be swimming with you 8) And there's also a nice path along the coast to the south of the southern car park, with penguins nesting along the way.
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Re: Table Mountain - Safety and Security

Unread post by rowingboat » Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:42 pm

Thanks for your comments, arks. I've included them in our travel notes. We are staying in Fish Hoek and will visit BB twice as low tide is very convenient over the 9 days we're there. First, at the beginning of our stay low tide is early morning so we will visit on our way to Cape Point. Second, at the end of our stay low tide is near closing so we will visit late afternoon when the penguins return from sea to nest. It sounds like the southern entrance will be perfect for a sunset/low tide combo. We will also visit the penguin colony at Stony Point on our way to De Kelders although my young daughter, rather frustratingly, is too scared of whales for a boat trip (yet hopping inside a cage to see a Great White she has no problem with :-))
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Re: Table Mountain - Safety and Security

Unread post by rowingboat » Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:33 am

rowingboat wrote: Our family is keen to hike up Table Mountain. Is Platteklip still the safest trail up and are we able to buy our discounted Wildcard tickets at the summit or must we join the queue and buy at the bottom instead?

For anyone else interested in my Wildcard question, I phoned Table Mountain Administration and they informed there is no need to queue at the bottom, we will save 20% at the summit too when presenting our card in the shop.

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Re: Table Mountain - Safety and Security

Unread post by MATTHYS » Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:01 pm

Enjoy :D and have a safe trail, Rowingboat.
Thanks for the feedback :gflower:
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