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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.

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Visit the Boulders Beach penguin colony

Boulders Penguin Colony in Simons Town is home to a unique and endangered land-based colony of African Penguins. This colony is one of only a few in the world, and the site has become famous and a popular international tourist destination.

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Two days in Table Mountain National Park

Spend two days in Table Mountain National Park, exploring the natural beauty of Cape Town. Climb mountains, picnic in forests, share a beach with penguins, hike amidst fynbos and ascend to a lighthouse in a Flying Dutchman.

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Notices

Revised EMP for Mountain Biking and Road Cycling in TMNP

To whom it may concern,

Following an extensive review process, SANParks and the Table Mountain Mountain Biking Forum, together with SANBI, are hereby pleased to release the revised, approved Environmental Management Programme(EMP) for Recreational Road Cycling and Mountain Biking: Table Mountain National Park (TMNP), which becomes effective on 1 December 2016.

Please find attached the EMP report and the Comments and Responses Report for the Review of Environmental Management Programme (EMP) for Mountain Biking: Table Mountain National Park.Mountain Biking Environmental Management Plan

The Park thanks you for your participation and input into this process.

TMNP Season info

Cape Point

  • Additional staff are in place to assist visitors with parking at Cape Point over the festive period. Visitors are encouraged to follow the directional signage that will be in place over this time frame indicating parking availability and waiting times at Cape Point.
  • Visitors are encouraged to visit the park early in the day to avoid midday congestion at Cape Point and the picnic sites.
  • The beaches at Cape Point do not have life guards and you swim in the tidal pool or ocean at your own risk.
  • Baboons are present in the park. Please do not feed the baboons and make sure that all food is packed away if baboons are present.

Boulders

  • Penguins are best viewed from the three boardwalks starting at the Boulders Visitor Centre
  • Visitors should pay careful attention to tides as this limits the available space on the beach. When the beach has reached capacity the gates are closed The high and low tides are advertised at the entrance points daily although we would encourage visitors to consider this in advance when planning to visit Boulders to avoid disappointment.
  • We do not have life guards on duty at Boulders Beach and you swim at your own risk.
  • Boulders Hours of Operation are: 07h00 – 19h30
  • No gazebos or tents are allowed on the beach, only standard umbrella’s. No alcohol or smoking is permitted in the park.
  • Note selfie sticks are banned and we ask you respect the penguins space.

Silvermine

  • No braaing allowed in the summer months in Silvermine at the sites around the reservoir.
  • We however do allow picnicking all year round. The picnic sites around the reservoir operate on a first come first serve basis and cannot be reserved.
  • Cycling is only allowed during gate operating hours, and not at night.
  • Day permits for cycling are available at the Gate 1 access point. Visitors wishing to use the day permits as an access option may enter at Gate 1 only.
  • Swimming is allowed in the reservoir but is at own risk and we do not have life guards on duty.
  • Baboons do move through Silvermine. Please do not feed the baboons and make sure that all food is packed away if baboons are present.
  • Payment method for entry is cash only. There are no card facilities.
  • Tokai

    • The Tokai Picnic site is open 365 days a year to members of the public and one is permitted to braai year round.
    • No alcohol, music or gazebos allowed in the picnic site.
    • No entry permitted after 16:00 and no pass-outs allowed.
    • Baboons do enter the picnic site on occasion. Please do not feed the baboons and make sure that all food is packed away if baboons are present.
    • Note there is an additional charge per vehicle entering the picnic site over and above the per adult child or child entry fee.

    Oudekraal

    • The Oudekraal Picnic site is open year round and operates on a first come first serve basis. In the summer Oudekraal is open daily and in winter it is open on weekends and public holidays.
    • No alcohol or music is allowed in the picnic site.
    • We do not have a life guard on duty at Oudekraal and you swim in the ocean at your own risk.

    Newlands Picnic Site

    • Newlands Picnic site has no credit card machine and all entries have to be paid for in cash on arrival or upon production of a wild or green card.
    • Note there is an additional charge per vehicle entering the picnic site over and above the per adult child or child entry fee
    • No alcohol allowed.

    Newlands Forest

    • Serious parking problems occur at the Newlands Forest Parking area over weekends with the official parking area overflowing before 09:00am. Visitors to Newlands Forest are requested to please comply with the applicable signage and not to park illegally.
    • Cars that are parked illegally will be fined and cars that are blocking the entrance/exit for TMNP fire fighting vehicles will be towed away.

    Wild Cards and Green Cards

    • Wild card and My green card holders are reminded they need to produce proof of identification upon entering park gates. Every adult entering with a My Green card holder also has to produce a valid form of SA ID upon entry.
    • A wild Card and a My Green Card cannot be used to enter to carry out an activity which includes dog walking, cycling, fishing ,sport climbing. horse riding or paragliding
    • You cannot purchase another green card until after the expiry date on the current card.
    • More information is available on : https://www.sanparks.org/parks/table_mountain/tourism/access-cards-permits.php

    Signal Hill

    • Parking at Signal Hill is always challenging and we advise to avoid the congestion that you visit the site early before the bulk of the tourists arrive.

    Visitor Safety

    • The Park recommends that you never carry out your activity alone and strongly recommends you always have two or three buddies with you when out hiking, trail running. cycling or horse riding.
    • Please load our emergency number into your phone before setting off 0861 106 417 and let someone know which route you will follow and when to expect you to return home.
    • Entry to the park remains at all times at your own risk.

    Fire

    • We are in fire season and ask that you be vigilant at all times. Should you notice a fire anywhere on the mountain please call the TMNP emergency number at 086 110 6417 or 107 from a landline and 021 480 7700 from a mobile phone. Do not attempt to fight the fire on your own.

Oudekraal Picnic Site

Please note that Oudekraal Picnic site will be closed on the 9th of November 2016 for an exclusive use of function and will reopen again on the 6th of November 2016 to the public.

We request that everyone who parks their car inside the park be sure not to leave valuables in the car at any point and that the car is properly locked before departing. At Cape Point we have experienced a number of car break ins in recent months and we request you be extra vigilant in this location.

All recreational users are reminded that the presence and movement of great white sharks in waters around the park increases at this time of the year. Please be extra vigilant as none of our beaches have life guards or shark spotters on site.

Gate upgrade at Cape Point

The road at the gate is being redesigned to accommodate the upgrade of the gate. This is causing slightly longer delays on arrival at peak times. Please be patient as we process people through the gate as quickly as possible.

If you are entering on a wild card please have it ready to present on arrival or your confirmation letter. If you don’t have a current confirmation letter please call 021 7127471 and ask them to email you a copy.

If you are a tour guide please ensure your tour guide card is available to check and is valid.

Buses at Cape Point

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

Swartkopberg Trail is under repair and currently closed.

The Chapmans Peak footpath (on the Noordhoek side) is closed indefinitely.

Cape Point construction update

Construction at Cape of Good Hope Main Gate is underway. While you may experience minor delays the gate entrance will remain open to the public. We appeal to vehicles using the bus lane to exercise caution due to the proximity of the construction site.

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

The fire-affected areas are as follow:

  • From Klawer Valley over the Swartkopberg Mountain into Simon's Town.
  • North Peak, Swartkop and Simonsberg have burnt from Signal School through Blockhouse Gap to Rocklands.
  • It is not recommended that Blockhouse Gap be used for hiking at this time.
  • Signal School steps and Admirals Waterfall path is still open, as well as is the area from Signal School to Red Hill Road.

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 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.

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.

Visitor Tips

  1. TMNP recommends that all activities including but not limited to walking, jogging, trail running, cycling and horse riding are to be carried out in groups of four or more.
  2. Stay on demarcated pathways and trails.
  3. Wear the correct hiking gear and shoes.
  4. Do not carry valuables, cash, cameras, etc.
  5. Cycle, hike or run during daylight hours only.
  6. Keep an eye on the weather and other mountain conditions.
  7. Inform at least one other person not participating in an activity with you of your destination and estimated arrival time.

Main Attractions

  1. Cape Point, Cape of Good Hope
  2. Boulders Penguin Colony
  3. Silvermine
  4. Table Mountain
  5. Signal Hill and Lions Head
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