Table Mountain - Safety and Security

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Re: Table Mountain - Safety and Security

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Useful link here for safety around Table Mountain.
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Re: Three Peaks

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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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My Scary Incident!

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Hi Sanparks,

I still think about it this morning,

What happened: Last night, It was roughly 10pm when me and my girlfriend was sitting in the front seats of my parked car along the side of road of signal hill ( a small gravel section meant for one car only close to the lion head hiking trail) watching the view of Cape Town (CBD ) was STARTLED by a 4x4 Van stopping ( bumper to bumper ) abruptly behind us with it's lights glaring down upon us. After a few seconds the vehicle drove pass my driver seat window and came to a slow standstill.. it was two men driving a SANPARKS vehicle... after looking at us and seeing we were doing nothing wrong or illegal they drove off.

My feelings about this: Now given that i am very aware of the crime levels in SA ( car hijackings ) and i could not identify the vehicle behind me, I was very disturbed and frightened by this.. my initial reaction was to drive away immediately..i left my hand on the ignition encase things went south so i waited for the cars next move .. It was then the car drove pass and i identified it as SANPARKS..

Way forward: However you may feel about this consider how me an my girlfriend felt..Please consider my story to help make SANPARK vehicles identifiable at NIGHTTIME..( lights most probably ).I Will still go up to signal hill though and only hope to have a better - safer experience and hope others do not go through the same that i had.

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Re: My Scary Incident!

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Thanks for the feedback Rafeeq; we certainly pass on your comments, and suggestion. Sorry that you got a fright. As you say, with crime levels in that area, SANParks are probably on high alert at all times.
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Re: My Scary Incident!

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DinkyBird wrote:Thanks for the feedback Rafeeq; we certainly pass on your comments, and suggestion. Sorry that you got a fright. As you say, with crime levels in that area, SANParks are probably on high alert at all times.


Thank you for your speedy response. Over and above It is good know that there are sanpark patrol rangers (thumbs up).

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Re: My Scary Incident!

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Herewith a response from SANParks:
Rangers were doing a routine patrol along Signal Drive and warned numerous owners of vehicles of the dangers of parking along Signal Hill road and for their own safety they should park in the Top parking area. Unfortunately three armed robberies took place on this particular road, hence the warning.

Asking people to move to a safer area is part of the park’s crime prevention strategy. On behalf of the rangers the park apologises for startling/scaring Mr Rafeeq. The rangers were ensuring the safety of all users on that particular night.
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Re: Table Mountain - Safety and Security

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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: [email protected]

Philip Prins
TMNP Fire Manager
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Tel: 021 689 7438/9
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Re: Table Mountain - Safety and Security

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

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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

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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

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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

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Enjoy :D and have a safe trail, Rowingboat.
Thanks for the feedback :gflower:
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Re: Table Mountain - Safety and Security

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Hi everyone

We are all concerned about safety on the mountain (and everywhere else) - but let's not blame anyone for the crime. The mountain is enormous. There is just no way that SANParks could EVER have enough rangers, to cover our enormous park, 24/7. We are all, first and foremost, responsible for our own safety - don't walk alone, don't carry expensive cellphones etc, ..... you know the rules. Nobody can guarantee your safety, unfortunately, but please don't let it stop you from enjoying our beautiful city, mountain and legendary national park!
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Re: Table Mountain - Safety and Security

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DianeGracieB wrote:Hi everyone

We are all concerned about safety on the mountain (and everywhere else) - but let's not blame anyone for the crime. The mountain is enormous. There is just no way that SANParks could EVER have enough rangers, to cover our enormous park, 24/7. We are all, first and foremost, responsible for our own safety - don't walk alone, don't carry expensive cellphones etc, ..... you know the rules. Nobody can guarantee your safety, unfortunately, but please don't let it stop you from enjoying our beautiful city, mountain and legendary national park!


I hike everywhere, but have never seen a ranger, apart from at the base of Lions Head. There are many safe routes, but also some where there have been repeat muggings. SANParks is not doing enough to address this and it is embarrassing. The Peers Cave, Silvermine & Karbonkelberg incidents have shone a negative light on our country, as tourists have been victims. Yes the park is large, buy why are there no rangers patrolling south of Constantia Nek? I would expect them to at least patrol along the length of the Hoerikwaggo trail, given that they advertise this walk as an iconic thing to do in the park.

I love SANParks to bits - they do so much for conservation. They now need to gets some patrols, dogs, drones sting operations etc going - whatever they think can address the recent problems.
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