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Safety Tips & Precautions

  • Tell someone reliable where you are going (CONTACT PERSON). Tell them which route you are using and what time to expect you back. If you are en route and think you will be a bit late, call that person and give them the new time you will be back. They must know who to call and where to go look for you if you are not back in time.
  • Leave valuables at home.
  • Have a map of the area with you and leave a copy of the same map with your contact person.
  • Know your access and escape routes. You should always know the quickest way to safety. And your contact person should know which routes you will use if you are in trouble. Have a plan and stick to the plan.
  • Avoid known dangerous parts of the mountain. Criminal hotspots may change over time, but some areas are favored by criminals that have easy or quick access to and from urban areas and should be avoided.
  • The weather in Cape Town and on Table Mountain especially, is unpredictable and can change suddenly. There may be a loss of visibility. Keep an eye on these changes and ensure you pack suitable clothing for all conditions, i.e. a hat, jacket, etc. Walk/run/cycle with a sense of purpose. If you are wandering aimlessly or look lost you are more likely to attract unwanted attention.
  • Travel in groups. Criminals are much more likely to go after individuals than groups. Table Mountain National park recommends you carry out your activity in groups of four or more.
  • Stay alert for possible dangers. Be aware of your surroundings, as to ensure that you do not get surprised. Avoid distractions. You are an easier target if you are distracted by listening to music on headphones, talking on your phone etc.
  • Take a self-defense class.
  • Know emergency numbers. Although it is good to have it programmed on your phone, remember if your phone is stolen, the number is no good unless you have memorised it. You can always stop someone else along the route and ask if you can use their phone to call emergency services. Know your local SAPS telephone number.

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