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Introduction

Planned downtime - Flying Dutchman Funicular

Scheduled maintenance on the Flying Dutchman Funicular at Cape Point will commence next week from 8 - 15 February 2016. The planned maintenance is in line with Health and Safety regulations, where the funicular rope needs to be replaced after a certain period. Please note that the funicular will NOT be operating over the maintenance period, however a shuttle service will operate during the planned downtime as an alternative form of transport. For more information please keep an eye on the Cape Point Facebook and Twitter pages for notifications in the event that they need to extend this maintenance period. TMNP Management and Cape Point Partnership thanks you for your cooperation.

Maintenance - Cape Point Lighthouse

Maintenance to the historic lighthouse at Cape Point will commence towards the end of February, ending in April 2016. The National Ports Authority who is responsible for lighthouses along the South African coastline is undertaking this work to ensure that the historic structure retains its integrity and significance as well as operational functions. Parts of the view site will be closed in phases to facilitate maintenance and ensure visitor safety but still allow for uninterrupted access to park visitors.

Buses at Cape Point Gate

Large buses need to exercise caution when using the bus lane at Cape Point Main Gate as we are in the process of adding an additional lane to the gate. Although there are barrier fences up and warning and directional signage in place, the lane is narrower than usual due to the upgrade. In addition there are workers and delivery vehicles on site so we ask that drivers be extra cautious when approaching the facility.

Tokai closures

All footpaths/tracks/access points leading from Silvermine West to Tokai are closed. This includes the Level 5 access point, the footpath from Elephants Eye down to Tokai, as well as the Vlakkenberg track from the Masts. Upper Tokai is closed due to tree felling operations.

Trail closures in TMNP due to fires

  • Red Hill Trail via Kleinplaas Dam to Slangkop is closed until the repairs to the trail post-fire can be affected.
  • Swartkopberg Trail is under repair and currently closed.
  • The Chapmans Peak footpath (on the Noordhoek side) is closed indefinitely.
  • The Riverwalk in Silvermine West is closed for construction and will reopen as soon as the construction work is complete. Silvermine West remains open to the public.

Cape Point construction update

  • Construction on the additional access lane and facilities at Cape Point Main Gate starts on the 27th of January 2016. The gate will remain operational. Please note however that there may be minor delays on entering the Park.
  • One way stop-and-go traffic is currently in place between Platboom and the Cape of Good Hope turnoffs due to the road upgrade. Expect delays of up to 10 minutes.

Wild Card Sales Office telephone lines faulty

Please note that the TMNP Wild Card Sales Office in Tokai's telephone lines are faulty and as such the offices are unable to receive phone calls. We advise the public to communicate via email while the matter is being resolved. TMNP Management thanks you for your patience.

Fire: Redhill to Kommetjie

Please note that the Hoerikwaggo Trail from Redhill to Slangkop is closed until the damage in this location has been assessed. Currently no access is granted to this area for all recreational users until the safety of the area has been determined.

Hikers and Recreational Users Advisory: Fire-affected Areas in Simon's Town

A fire has swept through a portion of Table Mountain National Park in the Simon's Town area. The fire-affected areas are as follow:

  1. From Klawer Valley over the Swartkopberg Mountain into Simon's Town.
  2. North Peak, Swartkop and Simonsberg have burnt from Signal School through Blockhouse Gap to Rocklands.
  3. It is not recommended that Blockhouse Gap be used for hiking at this time.
  4. Signal School steps and Admirals Waterfall path is still open, as well as is the area from Signal School to Red Hill Road.
  5. The Hoerikwaggo Trail from Redhill to Slangkop is closed until the damage in this location has been assessed.

The slopes on this mountain consist of small loose rocks, mixed with larger boulders. They are also north facing slopes, with very slow vegetation recovery, so the soils will be exposed. The sensitivity of the vegetation, means that any sort of trampling should be avoided. We would ask you be sensitive to the damage that has been caused by the fire and allow the area some time to recover.

Tokai Forest picnic site reopened

The Tokai Forest picnic site is open again daily, after the March 2015 fires.

Winter (April - September) 08:00 - 17:00
Summer (October - March) 07:00 - 18:00

Credit Card payments

  • As a result of load shedding, credit card payments are slightly delayed at the Cape of Good Hope Gate and can result in longer waiting times on entry. Please note that The Funicular service does not run during load shedding.
  • During load shedding the life of the credit card machines at Boulders is limited by the battery life of the machines. Bearing this in mind, you might be requested to pay in cash on entry during load shedding periods.

Filming, Events and Functions

Table Mountain National Park will close for all filming, events and functions (bar Signal Hill) on 15 December 2016 and reopen on 18 January 2017.

Oudekraal remains open for function bookings.

This natural world heritage site, and Natural New 7 Wonder of the World, is a haven of magnificent mountains plunging into crystal seas fringed with bleached white sands of the Cape Peninsula. The mountain chain stretches from Signal Hill in the north, to Cape Point in the South and is also home to the world’s smallest, yet most diverse floral kingdom, The Cape Floristic Region.

Table Mountain National Park is a must-visit for anyone in Cape Town, local or international. From open access hikes and beautiful forest walks to pristine picnic and day-visit spots to secluded picturesque accommodation facilities throughout the park, there is plenty to do, see and experience.

Conservation fees are payable at Cape Point, Boulders Penguin Colony, Silvermine and the picnic sites (Oudekraal, Newlands, Perdekloof and Tokai).

Must sees for this park include:

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