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Film and Photography Permits

Please note:
  • TMNP Film and Event Office in Tokai is open for in-person enquiries and payments between 08:00 and 10:00 am daily.
  • Table Mountain National Park will close for all filming, events and functions (bar Signal Hill) on 15 December 2016 and reopen on 18 Jan 2017.

Should you wish to hold an event, function, race, film or a stills shoot in Table Mountain National Park, please download and complete one of the two forms below.

Documents:

Please email the completed forms to khumbulani.tshabalala@sanparks.org
We do not accept fax submissions.

General Information:

Please note we do not allow any filming, photography, events, functions or races across the park between the 15th of December and the 15th of January, each year. In addition, each location has additional site-specific times and dates when filming is not allowed.

All applications are to be submitted to the Table Mountain National Park Permit office. The following application time frames apply:

  • Stills: Five working days (excludes weekends)
  • Commercials: Ten working days (excludes weekends)
  • Events/Functions/Races:
    • Small (0 - 100): 15 working days (excludes weekends)
    • Medium (100 - 300): 30 working days (excludes weekends)
    • Large (300+): Six months

Table Mountain National Park reserves the right to not issue a permit should Management deem the activity to be unsuitable in a National Park, harmful to the environment or other park users or should the event conflict with the Organizations Conservation Principles.

Certain applications will require you to engage the services of an Environmental Control Officer (ECO) and/or Baboon Monitors. Please note that ECO services as well as Baboon Monitors are at an additional cost to the applicant over and above the permit fee. The contact details are as follow:

NCC Environmental Services

Crecilda van der Merwe
Email: crecildavdm@ncc-group.co.za
Tel: +27 21 702 2884 / 083 290 3686

ECO Services
Chris Zuidema
Tel: 082 672 9351
Email: info@ecoservices.co.za

Baboon Monitors

Quinton Van Wyk
NCC Environmental Services
Email: quintonvw@ncc-group.co.za
Tel: 021 702 2884

Any application for an event, which will impact on residents or any City of Cape Town property, will require the Applicant to obtain permission from the relevant City of Cape Town Permit Office in conjunction with acquiring permission from SANParks to conduct the event. Applicant to be familiar with the relevant City Events Bylaw (Gazette 6630 of 2009) and the Safety at Sports and Recreational Events Act of 2010. SANParks will not issue a permit if you are unable to supply details of the required city of Cape Town permit.

Tariffs

Application Process:

  • Once your application is submitted, the relevant time frames begin to run.
  • Your application form will be assessed and should it be found to be incomplete, we may send it back to you to provide us with the additional information required. If this is the case, the time frames mentioned above cease to run.
  • If your application form is in order and your application is approved, you will receive an invoice.
  • Once the invoice is received, please verify that the details are accurately reflected and pay the amount due and owing.
  • The permit will only be issued once proof of payment has been received. Please note you will need to email the proof of payment to us. We prefer you pay via EFT as we require a cheque to clear before we can issue a permit and this might take seven to ten working days. The latest we accept proof of payment by is 15:00 daily to allow time to process the permit and provide you with a copy thereof.
  • Once an invoice has been issued, the invoice is no longer open to amendment and no refunds or credits will be authorised.
  • Permits are only issued during working hours and the Film and Event office operates from 08:00 - 16:00, Monday to Friday.
  • Film dates will only be optioned for two days per application. This practice is allowed on the basis that payment will need to be made to secure a date(s) when other enquiries are made. Application Forms for options need to be received five clear working days before the option date or the option dates will be forfeited without notice.

The use of SANParks locations are subject to Section 86(1) of the National Environmental Management: Protection Areas Act (Act 57 of 2003) for the duration of a visit in a National Park. A permit must be retained and kept at all times, and produced on request. Failure to comply with permit conditions may result in prosecution or affect the future granting of such permits The areas under the control of SANParks are used entirely at own risk and neither SANParks nor its service provider shall be liable for any claims, accidents, injuries or loss, etc. arising from such use.

FAQs - Events:

Can I have an event at night in Table Mountain National Park outside of designated public facilities?

  • No, we do not allow events after dark anywhere in the Park.

What do I need to do to host an Event, Function or Race in TMNP?

  1. Get a date. To obtain a date contact Saskia Marlowe on saskia.marlowe@sanparks.org. She will check the event calendar and advise you where gaps exist for your proposed event. The Park does not host more than one large event across the Park, per day.
  2. Complete a sample route which is Google-mapped with a word description detailing the route. Your route will not be considered if it does not fall on existing tracks. Please ensure you have checked which tracks and locations are zoned for the type of event you are planning. If you are uncertain please get help from one of the two ECO companies (listed above). They are outsourced and their fees need to be negotiated with them directly.
  3. Submit your route as per above for consideration with potential event numbers The Park is not obligated to accept a proposed routing as there may already be other events using that routing and the impacts might be of such a nature we can't allow another event on those tracks. Note that various areas of the Park have different capacity constraints. Please ensure you are aware of these constraints before submitting your application.
  4. If your route is refused unfortunately the Park will not be in a position to meet and discuss alternatives. You would need to engage a local expert to assist you at your own cost.
  5. Once the route has been approved, complete the application form found on the website and attach your approved route with word description, your EMP and your City of Cape Town Approvals where relevant.
  6. Please note that the EMP should follow a standard format and is best completed by a professional. If you opt to submit an EMP completed by yourself and we find that there are numerous errors we will ask that you engage the services of a professional to complete it for you as we cannot assist you to rewrite it step by step by checking various drafts of the same document. Once the Park has indicated you need outside help, the EMP will not be considered again until it comes to us via one of the ECO companies listed on our website.
  7. Please note that we require a detailed emergency plan with each application. Please list all event organiser and emergency personnel contact numbers. Please list location of emergency vehicles on your route map and in the application.
  8. You will be required to have ECO's present at your event. The Park will indicate the number of ECO's required based on your application. The ECO's are an outsourced cost and you can contact the ones listed on this page.
  9. The Park will indicate the number of marshals required based on the application submitted.
  10. Please ensure that all intended signage is submitted as an attachment so we can approve it.
  11. Please ensure all trail or route markers are in green and not scheduled to be attached to any vegetation, natural or Park structures.
  12. Please familiarise yourself with the tariff structure so that you are not caught unawares of the billing process. We have additional tariffs over and above the per head event fee which may or may not affect you depending on your event type and location including access routes on your route map and in the application.
  13. You will be required to submit a detailed waste management plan in terms of all waste management during the event, baboon proof bins, route cleaning, waste generation and storage, disposal of waste products, certificate of dumping and mitigation of litter along the route.
  14. Please note that filming of your event, both still and video, is billed for over and above the normal tariff and needs to be listed in your application form.
  15. A flight over the Park is restricted and you need permission for a helicopter to fly over the Park below the restricted level. This permission is obtained from the Park. You also need to ensure you have space for a TMNP staff member onboard.
  16. Advertising of sponsors is permitted but needs preapproval and the locations for advertising needs to be approved.
  17. All events need public liability insurance and proof of insurance and the value thereof needs to be attached to your application.
  18. Where events pass through existing Park entry gates, conservation fees will be charged over and above the per-head event fee.
  19. Once the Application, Route, EMP and Emergency plan have been approved the event organiser will receive an invoice. Proof of payment of the invoice needs to be supplied before the permit will be issued.
  20. The permit conditions need to be complied with at all times.
  21. Permission to host an event is in no way an indication that the event would receive approval in the following year.
  22. Events need to be applied for six months in advance of the event date.

Does Table Mountain National Park need to approve the name of each event?

Yes, the Park needs to approve the name you give your event as this name is associated with our brand.

What should an EMP document include in terms of content?

When compiling an EMP please cover the following subjects:

  1. Who the applicant is
  2. What type of event
  3. Numbers in the event
  4. Times of the event
  5. Sponsors to the event
  6. Route Map
  7. Marshal Map
  8. Medical staff Placement Map
  9. ECO company name. Extent of involvement and proposed ECO numbers to be engaged
  10. Verbal route description
  11. Environmental policy statement
  12. Possible impacts listed and their possible range of effects on the park (done in table format; indicate impacts potential from low medium and high)
  13. How impacts to be addressed - under each bullet point deal with:
    What is your plan
    What is your action - if there is to be no action please state why.
    Please include pictures/photographs where appropriate; especially around signage and advertising
    • Access pre-event
    • Access for the event (both for participants and staff: marshal and medical)
    • Parking
    • Traffic flow
    • Noise generation
    • Structures pre-event
    • Structures on event day
    • Litter and waste
    • Waste removal
    • Substantial utilisation and recycling
    • Smoking
    • Toilets, sewage and grey water
    • Anti-pollution measures
    • Signage, route marking and other visual impacts
    • Spectators
    • Pre-event notices
    • Advertising
    • Medical emergencies
    • Safety and security
    • Erosion and trampling to vegetation
    • Disturbance of wildlife
    • Disturbance of cultural heritage sites
    • Helicopters
    • Media and film coverage
    • Fire
    • Wind
    • Sweeping post event
  14. Possible penalty/fines for non-compliance
  15. Reinstatement
  16. Plan B
  17. Confirmation of city event application where required
  18. Legislative requirements
  19. Post event report
  20. Emergency contact list
  21. Contact phone number list indicating numbers like race organiser, marshal manager etc.

An EMP is a technical document and we request you get assistance from an environmental expert when drafting this document. EMPs which require extensive drafting may be returned at the Park's request for revision by an expert to ensure compliance with the above.

What colours may be used on event signage?

Green, white, yellow and red may all be used on event signage. All proposed signage to be approved by the Park in advance.

How many photographers can I have for an event?

As part of the permit we allow one event photographer to take photos of the event at no cost.
Any additional photographers are billed at an additional fee as per the tariff sheet for photography.

Will I be required to present valid public liability cover to host an event in TMNP?

Yes, you will need valid public liability cover for R5 million or more.

Will I be required to track event participants in the event electronically?

From 2017 onwards TMNP will require each event organiser to prove that the event participants will be tracked electronically or through some form of digital device.

FAQs - Filming:

Are productions (film and stills) allowed in Table Mountain National Park?

The management of TMNP have been designated to SANParks in terms of the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act. SANParks has both national and international mandates to manage the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) as a National Park and World Heritage Site with respect to conserving this precious and threatened eco-system and globally recognised biodiversity hotspot. The task falls to management to see if they can accommodate productions while protecting the natural environment so that it can be managed in a sustainable manner taking into to account the enjoyment of future generations and not only current users.

Filming may not be possible in TMNP due to the sensitivity of the area, impacts on the environment and sensitive species, impacts on the offering provided to tourists at highly visited destinations, conflict with other Park users and status of rare and endangered species. Filming may also not be possible if it does not comply with site specific requirements established in the interests of the environment and visitors. These requirements are continually updated as a result of the ever changing environment.

Productions add to the accumulative impacts on the Park and this is of concern to staff. SANParks understands the impacts that productions may have on the park and the conservation programmes needed to ensure the environmental stability and integrity of the Peninsula mountain chain (which includes the landscape where productions take place) and may therefore be unable to accommodate certain productions.

Will my application automatically be approved if submitted on time?

SANParks Reserves the right to not approve a permit for any event, activity or filming or photography if such event/ activity is detrimental to either the environment, facilities other visitors to SANParks or to the Organization itself or is in conflict with our conservation mandate and principles or any other legislation or is deemed inappropriate in a national park.

What are the time frames for obtaining a permit after submitting applications?

Stills 5 working days ( excludes weekends)
Commercials 10 working days ( excludes weekends)
Events Small: 0 to 100 = 15 working days (excludes weekends)
Medium: 100 to 300 = 30 working days (excludes weekends)
Large: over 300 = 6 months (excludes weekends)

If information is missing from your application the time frames will not commence until all the required information has been submitted.

Is there a fee for filming in TMNP?

Yes there are fees for filming in TMNP. Download the tariff document.

Can I amend my application after I have received my invoice?

You cannot amend your application after you have been invoiced.

Can I use a drone for filming in TMNP?

No drones are allowed for filming in TMNP.

Are the number of crews limited per site per day for filming?

Yes, each location in TMNP has a site capacity and crews are limited per site accordingly.

Is the Park open all year for filming?

No, the Park closes annually to all filming between approximately the 15th of Dece,ber and the 15th of January.
Dates vary each year - please check with the permit office for clarity on the exact dates.

When can I film at Cape Point and how many crew are allowed?

  • Filming and photographic shoots will not be allowed between the 15th of December and 15th January due to the high season visitor usage. (Dates change annually).
  • Productions with more than five (5) persons (crew and models) to be completed and off location by 09H00 at Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope.
  • Productions with five (5) and less may be permitted after 09H00 by special arrangement on advance application. This is not a given and would depend on the specific request.
  • An ECO will be required for your shoot. This is an additional cost to the shoot and not included in the tariff.
  • Filming and photographic shoots will not be allowed between the 15th of December and 15th January due to the high visitor usage.
    Dates change annually depending on the specific year.
  • No events or filming over Easter Weekend and Public Holidays.
  • Filming / photography, props and equipment are not allowed off designated footpaths.
  • The above site conditions are not comprehensive and additional conditions will be added based on the application submitted.

No-go area locations for filming at in the Cape Of Good Hope section of TMNP (Cape Point)

  • Lower lightouse
  • Cormorant nesting sites at Cape Point
  • Olifantsbos Cottage, beach and surrounds (including Link Road)
  • De Mond to Scarborough
  • Inside Buffelsfontein Visitor Centre
  • Diaz beach, Cape MacClear and Cape of Good Hope Cliffs during cormorant breeding season (Approx between September and April)
  • Restaurant, shops, funicular
  • Designated overnight accommodation (for Olifantsbos this includes the beach area from the Rocks in front of Olifantsbos to Southern Arm of Circlesvlei trail)
  • Off Tar Road anywhere this includes around the northern and southern arms of circular drive.
  • Main Road between the Park Entrance gate and Cape Point.
  • Brightwaters (including the access road)
  • No permits are to be issued in remote wilderness areas as defined in the CDF
  • No filming will be allowed off of the paths, viewpoints and boardwalks
  • No filming will be allowed along cliff edges and at view sites.
  • Equipment (includes but not limited to cameras, tripods, generators etc.) may not be placed off path or boardwalk anywhere in the park.
  • From sign at Olifantsbos north through to Scarborough
  • No filming in the dune systems
  • No filming in environmentally sensitive areas, historical and cultural sites

When can I film at Boulders and how many crew are allowed?

  • No filming of any kind on Saturdays, Sundays, Public Holidays, School Holidays (December, January) or Easter Weekend.
  • 1 Film/stills crew per day - Maximum 10 (ten) people.
  • No commercial film or feature film productions permitted.
  • Productions to be completed and exit by 10H00. No filming will be permitted after 10:00.
  • Access to the boardwalks after 08h00 only.
  • Stills No more than 10 persons.
  • No props or equipment (other than hand held still camera equipment and a tri-pod) will be permitted.
  • No wardrobe, catering etc. is permitted.
  • All vehicles are to be parked in the standard public parking areas Boulders Beach Parking or Seaforth Parking : No trucks permitted.
  • ECO required for every shoot. This is an additional cost to the shoot and not included in the tariff.
  • The above site conditions are not comprehensive and additional conditions will be added based on the application submitted.

Can I film on Chapman's Peak?

Filming is allowed in the two picnic sites on Chapman's Peak with restrictions on numbers and vehicles.

  • Filming and photographic shoots will not be allowed between the 15th of December and 15th January due to the high season visitor usage. (Dates change annually).
  • No filming allowed in natural areas adjacent to Chapman's Peak Drive e.g. water courses, fynbos, forest thickets.
  • Permits issued for filming at the small picnic site may only be for a max of 20 vehicle and 40 people and Film company must supply their own toilet and changing facilities.
  • Permits issued for filming at the large picnic site may only be for a max of 30 vehicle and 60 people and Film company must supply their own toilet and changing facilities.
  • Filming may only take place during operational gate hours. Gate times are in Summer between 07h00 and 17h00 and winter between 08h00 and 17h00.
  • No filming permits to be issued for weekends, public holidays, Dec/January school holidays and Easter school holidays or after hours.
  • ECO for more than 15 people.
  • The above site conditions are not comprehensive and additional conditions will be added based on the application submitted.

Can I film at Kleinplaas Dam and what are the restrictions on this site?

  • Filming and photographic shoots will not be allowed between the 15th of December and 15th January due to the high season visitor usage.
    Dates change annually.
  • Access is from the boom to the dam wall along the designated track only.
  • No vehicles allowed off access road.
  • Only code 8 vehicles may access the dam.
  • Due to the current conditions of the road, only 4x4 or high rise bakkies will be allowed to access the track and dam. All other vehicles to park at the Kleinplaas boom opposite Brooklands House (this includes trucks).
  • Access road & track may not to be blocked at any time.
  • Only two (2) vehicles may be parked at the dam wall and two (2) at the parking area about 150m from dam wall.
  • Due to the extreme sensitivity of this area filming / photographing productions are permitted under strict conditions only.
  • ECO required for the site.
  • Access permitted between 07:30 - sunset.
  • No entry between sunset and sunrise.
  • No swimming or boats on the dam.
  • Filming restricted to beach and surrounding rocks only, no filming will be permitted in the veld or anywhere else in this section.
  • Productions restricted to groups of 15 or less.
  • No filming permits to be issued for weekends, public holidays, Dec/January school holidays and Easter school holidays or after hours.
  • No fires / smoking permitted at any stage.
  • No productions to take place amongst the cultural historic building or graves, or land claim sites.
  • No catering permitted. Craft is permitted from vehicles, provided that 2 baboon monitors are employed.
  • The above site conditions are not comprehensive and additional conditions will be added based on the application submitted.

Can I film in Cecilia Forest?

  • Filming and photographic shoots will not be allowed between the 15th of December and 15th January due to the high season visitor usage.
    Dates change annually.
  • No filming over public holidays or weekends.
  • Filming is allowed Monday to Friday.
  • Stills crews numbers are a maximum of 15 people.
  • Commercial crews numbers are a maximum of 30 people.
  • Craft is permitted, but not catering. Gas or other open flames are not permitted.
  • Parking allows for 15 vehicles within the car park and 15 vehicles at Constantia Nek.
  • Trucks are not permitted (except for a single small combi or mini truck containing the generator).
    Gate times are: Summer (07h00 - 17h00) and winter (08h00 - 17h00).
  • The above site conditions are not comprehensive and additional conditions will be added based on the application submitted.

Can I film in Newlands Forest?

  • Filming and photographic shoots will not be allowed between the 15th of December and 15th January due to the high season visitor usage.
    Dates change annually.
  • Filming is allowed Monday to Friday.
  • No bicycle shoots allowed as per CDF.
  • Stills crews numbers are a maximum of 15 people.
  • Commercial crews numbers are a maximum of 30 people.
  • Craft is permitted, but not catering. Gas or other open flames are not permitted.
  • The total number of vehicles allowed are 15 (which includes a wardrobe vehicle) .
  • No quad bikes or motorbikes allowed anywhere.
  • An ECO is required for stills and commercials.
  • An ECO to be present from set up to breakdown.
    Gate times are: Summer (07h00 - 17h00) and winter (08h00 - 17h00).
  • The above site conditions are not comprehensive and additional conditions will be added based on the application submitted.

Can I film in the Game Camp and what are the restrictions?

  • Filming and photographic shoots will not be allowed between the 15th of December and 15th January due to the high season visitor usage.
    Dates change annually.
  • No filming over public holidays or weekends.
  • Filming is allowed Monday to Friday.
  • Access times are: Summer (06h00 - 19h00) and winter (08h00 -17h00).
  • Stills crews numbers are a maximum of 10 people.
  • 3 vehicles allowed between the two fences up to the Acacia tree.
  • No catering is allowed.
  • No animals may be brought into the game camp.
  • No noise allowed on this site.
  • No special effects allowed.
  • An Eco is required to attend reccie and shoot.
  • An Eco to be present from set up to breakdown.
  • Props may be one of the following - code 8 vehicle, trailer or small caravan (jelly tot) - no trucks , camper.
  • The above site conditions are not comprehensive and additional conditions will be added based on the application submitted.

Can I film on Top of Table Mountain and do I need a permit?

Yes you can film on top of Table Mountain and only under certain circumstances:

  • No filming/stills allowed between the start of the government school holidays and the end of January each year.
  • No filming/stills allowed over Public Holidays.
  • No Filming/stills allowed over Easter weekend.
  • No filming on a weekend.
  • Otherwise filming is allowed Monday to Friday between sunrise and sunset, however this can be linked to the last cable car down. Crews are obligated to ensure they do not miss the last cable car down.
  • Tafelberg road shoots to get a permit from the COCT: Sanparks does not allow shoots beyond the chain.
  • Film/still shoots allowed in lay byes before the chain.
  • Film shoots in Platteklip Gorge may only be about Hiking and related activities.
  • No trucks to be parked on Tafelberg road or Cable way Parking: Kloofnek parking to be used.
  • ON top of the mountain filming within the roped area to get Permission from TMAC. Outside the roped area to get permission from SANParks.
  • No catering allowed. No open flames permitted (gas or other).
  • An Eco required for all filming, stills and events.
  • An Eco to be present from set up to breakdown.
  • Stills: one per day - maximum 15 crew plus an ECO.
  • Commercial shoots - maximum 40 crew SANParks land on top of the mountain.
  • The above site conditions are not comprehensive and additional conditions will be added based on the application submitted.

Can I film on Signal Hill and what are the restrictions?

  • Filming and photographic shoots will not be allowed between the 15th of December and 15th January due to the high season visitor usage.
    Dates change annually.
  • No filming allowed over Public Holidays.
  • One shoot allowed over Easter weekend.
  • No filming on weekends - Only Monday to Friday between sunrise and two hours after sunset; including pack up (times vary seasonally).
  • Stills are permitted Monday to Friday and one stills shoot per weekend.
  • Crew size for stills may not exceed 15 persons.
  • Stills shoot my only take place on the deck between 06h00 and 10h00 (shooting on the deck must specifically be requested on the application).
  • No official parking is available: only lay-byes going up the hill are SANParks. Parking may not be reserved.
  • Note the parking area here is not SANParks land and permission is required from the City of Cape Town.
  • No trucks are allowed on Signal Hill at the main parking area.
  • Code 10 vehicles to be parked at Kloofnek, Karma and Scout camp.
  • Application for truck parking must be specifically listed and applied for in advance.
  • Parking at Karma is for a maximum of 10 code 8 vehicles and 1 truck.
  • Parking at Scout Camp is for a maximum of 10 code 8 vehicles and no trucks are allowed.
  • The above site conditions are not comprehensive and additional conditions will be added based on the application submitted.

Can I film after sunset anywhere in the Park?

  • Yes you can film on Signal Hill, Tafelberg Road Lay-byes and Kloofnek car park area for two hours after sunset, including pack up. However additional security will need to be engaged to cover these time frames. Terms and conditions apply as well as compliance with any other conditions that the Park may set for these sites.

Can I film on Noordhoek beach and what are the conditions for this site?

  • No film and still shoots will be allowed during the period of 15 December to 15 Janunary - these dates change annually, check the Park website.
  • All shoots need to have an ECO present from commencement to completion of breakdown.
  • Activities allowed between sunrise and sunset.
  • No commercial filming permitted on Saturdays, Sundays or Public holidays.
  • Maximum 2 small (maximum group size of 15) stills shoots per day over weekend.
  • Capacity: Maximum one commercial or two small stills per weekday. The Park reserves the right to limit the number of large commercial shoots in if the number of requests grow to such a point it is potentially in conflict with our conservation mandate.
  • Please remember to check on tidal movements before choosing the date for your shoot.
  • All vehicles are to be parked in the public parking areas. As this is a highly utilised parking area, non-essential vehicles are to be parked away from the parking area. A permit from the Cape Town Film Office is required for the parking.
  • No vehicles, quad bikes or motor bikes allowed on the beach.
  • No vehicles may access the gravel road next to the boardwalk.
  • Dolly track trollies and all cabling requests must be indicated in the application and the location must be preapproved by the Park prior to a permit being issued.
  • Dolly tracks may only be used with an ECO in attendance and they must have wide tyres to distribute the weight.
  • No overflying, low flying, hovering or landing is permitted on the beach under any circumstances/no drones allowed.
  • Catering will only be permitted on the beach at the bottom of gravel access road but NOT on the grassed area.
  • Permit for parking and catering in the parking area to be obtained from the COCT.
  • The Park may require a letter drop to all residents surrounding the parking area prior to a permit being issued.
  • No special effects, fire or MXFX fires will be allowed.
  • Due to the presence of oystercatchers, plovers, otters and other sensitive fauna on the beach extreme care needs to be taken when choosing a location. Please indicate exact site you wish to use in your application.
  • No filming on the dunes or in the vegetation.
  • The only animals that may be used in a shoot on the beach are horses and dogs. Animals allowed on the beach for a shoot need a special permit - all necessary vet approval certificates to be attached.
  • Horses which have been given approval in the permit may not access the beach via the car park. They must access from Willow Road or other routes approved in the Horse Riding EMP and must have a designated holding/feeding area and access route approved in advance before the permit will be issued Horses must be led or have a rider on them at all times and they may not move faster than a trot.
  • Same day prep and break-down, no structures may be left on the beach.
  • All refuse to be removed when departing the site.

Can I film on Scarborough beach and what are the conditions for this site?

  • Only one permit per day on this site.
  • No commercial filming on weekends or public holidays or during the period of 15 December to 15 January: these dates change annually, view the Park website.
  • Maximum number of persons during the week is 60 for a commercial shoot.
  • All shoots need to have an ECO present from commencement to completion of breakdown.
  • Activities allowed between sunrise and sunset.
  • A maximum of one stills crew per day (including weekends). Each crew will require an ECO. No filming during the period of 15 December to 15 January: these dates change annually, view the Park website.
  • Restrictions will be placed on the number of vehicles allowed per shoot due to the width and number of available parking bays as well as the traffic and safety issues for the area.
  • No vehicles permitted off tarred roads.
  • No more than 10 vehicles are permitted in Scarborough car park.
  • All other vehicles and catering to utilise Schusterskraal picnic area.
  • No vehicles allowed on the beach.
  • No helicopters or drones permitted for shoots.
  • Due to the presence of baboons, two Baboon Monitors will be required on all shoots if there is any kind of catering event craft.
  • Due to the presence of Oystercatchers, plovers, otters on the beach extreme care needs to be taken when choosing a location. Site to be determined and approved during the application process.
  • No filming activities as well as cable laying allowed in the dune areas.

Can I film in Perdekloof Picnic Site and what are the conditions for this site?

  • Perdekloof Picnic Site is close to Scarborough en route to Cape Point. It is a picnic site and well suited to a large production.
  • Normal gate times from 09:00 to 17:00 - no early starts or late shoots.
  • One event/production per day - ECO/s required for all filming. Numbers depend on production size.
  • Events of 100 or more persons will require two toilets per 50 people over the 100.
  • Maximum capacity of 200 persons for the site.
  • No buses allowed inside the picnic site, the bus to park at the Y-junction next to Wildschutsbrandt.
  • All waste is to be removed from the park post filming.
  • No special/noise effects, loud halers or drones allowed.
  • No animals or pets allowed.
  • Code 8 vehicles to park on the demarcated parking, no off-road driving or parking.
  • Number of vehicles determined by space available on demarcated parking areas inside the picnic site.
  • During closed season (1 April - 31 October) film permits will only be issued to groups larger than 20 individuals with an ECO.
  • This site is close to all filming between 15 December and 15 January annually (dates vary each year - view the Park website for exact dates).
  • Baboon Monitors required for catering and craft: numbers depend on production size.
  • Filming may be reviewed subject to raptor breeding season.

Can I film on Misty Cliffs Beach and what are the conditions for this site?

  • No commercial filming on weekends or public holidays.
  • Maximum number of persons allowed for a commercial shoot during the week is 20.
  • Only one production per day.
  • ECO required for both stills and commercial shoots.
  • No filming between sunset and sunrise (this includes set up and break down).
  • A maximum of one stills crew - no more than 10 people per day (including weekends).
  • For both stills and commercial shoots no filming during the period of 15 December to 15 January (these dates change annually, view the Park website.
  • TMNP does not have parking in Misty Cliffs. The only parking available to crews is on City of Cape Town or Private Property. The use of such areas requires permission from the land owners. Such permission will need to be provided to the Park before we can issue our permit.
  • Restrictions will be placed on the number of vehicles due to the width and number of available parking as well as the traffic and safety issues for the area.
  • No vehicles permitted off tarred roads.
  • No vehicles allowed on the beach.
  • No helicopters or drones will be permitted for commercial or stills shoots.
  • No noise effects or loud hailers.
  • Due to the presence of baboons, two Baboon Monitors will be required on all shoots if there is any kind of catering event craft.
  • Due to the presence of oystercatchers, plovers, otters on the beach, extreme care needs to be taken when choosing a location. Site to be determined and approved during the application process.
  • Should the film/photography crew spend more than four hours in the area, then a base is required to facilitate this crew. This would involve the hiring of a house to ensure that toilet facilities are available; that cars can be parked off the road for the extended period and so that food and bags can be kept away from baboons.
  • Person to contact regarding the hiring of a house are:
    • Jonathan Shearer - (021) 797 9744/083 250 351
    • Chris Smith - (021) 531 9660
    • Proof of hiring of the house needs to be provided to the Park before a permit will be issued for filming.
  • No filming activities and cable laying allowed in dune areas.

FAQs - Functions:

Can I have a Function at Oudekraal in the Gazebo and what is involved?

Yes you can a function in the Oudekraal Gazebo. The Oudekraal Gazebo can be booked for use during the day with the picnic site being open for the public to utilise or it can be booked on an exclusive-use basis after hours. The Gazebo can be booked for either the day slot: 08h00 to 16h30 or the night slot: 18h00 to 02h00.

What is included in the hiring of the Gazebo?

  • Gazebo Facility: Roof but no sides - electricity: 3 power points, Eskom power available but no back-up generator for when the power is down.
  • Cold water and picnic tables seating.
  • Seating approximately 60 - 80 people. No separate tables, chairs, crockery or cutlery available but you are welcome to provide your own at your own cost.
  • Catering, Staffing and Photography not provided.

Do I need an Environmental Control Officer (ECO) at Oudekraal and how do I hire one?

  • The ECO is there to ensure that the guests comply with permit conditions for the site and no damage is caused to the property.
  • ECO services are outsourced and you need to employ and pay for their services directly with either of the two service providers:
    • Nature Conservation Corporation - Crecilda - 083 2903686
    • ECO Services - Chris Zuidema - 0826729351
  • Numbers required:
    • Day time: 0 to 50 - no ECO
    • Day time: 50 to 100 - 1 ECO and per 50 after that an additional ECO.
    • Night time: 0 to 50 - 1 ECO
    • Night time: 50 to 100 - 2 ECO's and per 50 after that an additional ECO.

How does music work at Oudekraal Gazebo?

Music is allowed if played off a CD player only and the noise levels are kept to such a decibel level that they do not disturb other picnic site users. If you wish to have music you will need an ECO present irrespective of the number of people attending the event. If you wish to have a band you will need a Noise Exemption permit from the city as well as the consent of the Twelve Apostle's Hotel in writing and the written consent of the local rate payers association.

Is there dedicated parking at Oudekraal for the Gazebo?

Oudekraal Picnic site has only five parking bays and then parking is along the road. The City of Cape Town requires all events at Oudekraal to obtain a parking permit from them. To apply for this permit you contact the City Events department. Parking is on a first-come-first-serve basis and we do not reserve parking for the Gazebo.

Is alcohol allowed in the Gazebo?

Yes you may bring alcohol into the Gazebo and provide it to your quests free of charge. If you wish to sell alcohol in the Gazebo at a cash bar to your guests you need to obtain a City of Cape Town permit and provide SANParks with a copy thereof before we will issue our permit for the site. No alcohol may be made available to normal picnic site visitors.

Can I access the beach after hours if I book the Gazebo?

No, access to the beach is not included in the Gazebo hire after hours.

What are the tariffs for hiring the Oudekraal Gazebo?

We charge a fee per slot to hire the Gazebo and these rates can be obtained from Matthew.DeVilliers@sanparks.org. Note over and above the per slot fee we also charge the daily conservation fee at the gate per person. This is not included in the slot fee. Note that the ECO cost is also an additional cost and paid directly to the service provider.

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