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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.

Film locations in Table Mountain National Park:

  • Pictures of locations in Table Mountain National Park that can be used for film shoots
  • Contacts:

    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.

    Do I need to recce a location in Table Mountain National Park and if so when do I do such a recce?

    • We suggest you recce all your locations prior to shooting in them to ensure you are properly prepared for shoot day.
    • Official recces organised through the park are only required if the shoot is technical and complicated and there are special requests. Note there is a cost attached to such a recce.
    • Unofficial recces can be done in your time but you are still responsible for paying entry fees at all park gates.
    • If you have a technical and complicated shoot you will need to have a recce pre shoot. Note this cannot be done the day before the shoot.
    • A week before the shoot the recce needs to be arranged with the park through the film office on 021 712 0527 or email Khumbulani Tshabala on : Khumbulani.Tshabalala@sanparks.org
    • The ECO company whose services you will engage for the shoot must accompany you on the recce.
    • Please note the ECO companies do bill for recce’s. Their fees are over and above park fees.
    • They will guide you through the possibilities on site and a recce report will be put together and submitted to the park to review with your application.
    • Any changes you make to your proposed shoot needs to be reflected in your application form and you may need to resubmit your application form to ensure what you plan is accurately reflected.
    • If you are not going to engage in an official recce we will request you consider the following:
    1. Ensure that you have checked with the ECO that they will meet you at the specified time on the day of the shoot. Do not enter the park before they arrive.
    2. Check that what you are hoping to achieve is possible and permissible. Please see further below on this website page for FAQ’s around sites in the park and their specific constraints and familiarise yourself with them prior to applying for a permit.
    3. That you have actually read your permit and it allows what you applied for. Often a permit is issued on slightly different conditions to those requested.
    4. Just because you have applied for something does not mean it will be authorised.

    Can I use a drone for filming in TMNP?

    No drones are allowed for filming in TMNP.

    Are special effects allowed in the park for shoots or for filming?

    No special effects are allowed in the park when taking stills or filming however animaltronix may be considered.

    Would a cherry picker or crane be allowed in the park as part of the filming process?

    Please include your request for the use of a crane or cherry picker as part of your application. Include the size and weight of the crane and indicate the point from which you would access the park and for how long the crane would be in the park. Pictures of the crane as also helpful in the decision making process. Indicate why you need a crane and why the shot cannot be achieved in some other way.

    Are quad bikes allowed to be used as part of a shoot?

    No, quad bikes cannot be used as part of a shoot.

    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.

    Do I need to have an Environmental Control Officer (ECO) present on site when I shoot or film in TMNP and how much do they cost?

    • ECO/s are required in most locations but not all: please see site specific provisions or call the Film and Event office for advice.
    • ECO’s are from outsourced companies and hence the amount they bill is additional to the tariff the national park bills.
    • ECO’s may only be booked from the ECO companies listed on this site.

    Are Baboon Monitors required for all filming and still shoots in the park?

    • Baboon monitors are required in those locations where baboons occur within the park.
    • A simple rule of thumb is that monitors are required for all sites where catering is involved south of Constantia Nek traffic circle. There may be other instances when monitors are required and this will be indicated by the park based on each individual application received.
    • Please contact the film office for further clarity or the ECO company you will engage will be able to assist you with additional information.
    • Note baboon monitors are an additional cost and not part of the cost of the film permit.
    • Note that are catering includes craft.

    Must I indicate on the application form the number of vehicles that will be used for the shoot?

    • Yes the number of vehicles and trucks to be used as part of the shoot needs to be completed on the application form.
    • In many locations in the park parking is at a premium and hence the number of vehicles per shoot is restricted to accommodate other park users parking requirements.
    • Please check your permit to ensure the number of vehicles that have been authorised for your shoot.
    • The number you apply for may not always be what we can authorise.
    • Note that access of a vehicle beyond a boom gate needs to be approved and is billed for in addition to filming fees.

    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.
    • 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.
    • Two vehicles allowed between the two fences and one vehicle allowed 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.

    Can I film at the Murray and Stewart quarry and what are the restrictions in place for this site?

    • Filming and stills shoots permitted year round on Monday to Friday between sunrise and sunset.
    • No filming or stills on public holidays and weekends or between 15th Dec and 18th Jan.
    • No blocking of access gates.
    • Only two vehicles allowed on the track.
    • Still x 15 crew capacity.
    • Commercial x 50 crew capacity.
    • No swimming, boating and fishing.
    • No animals allowed on the site
    • Parking 5 cars and 1 truck : next to the boom gate near the trees.
    • Craft only / no open flame.
    • No abseiling allowed on this site.
    • No drones.
    • If noise is to be made a city permit is required prior to TMNP issuing a permit .
    • Eco required for all filming.
    • Eco to be present from set up to breakdown.
    • Eco report to be submitted to SANParks after the filming.
    • Letter drops advising of shoot days and times will always be required Sample letter to be provided prior to letter drop for TMNP to screen.

    Can I film at the Glencoe quarry and what are the restrictions in place for the site?

    • No filming or stills between 15th December and 15th January / dates vary annually.
    • Filming and stills are allowed Monday to Friday.
    • Between Sunrise and Sunset.
    • No filming or stills on public holidays and weekends.
    • Stills crew size maximum 15.
    • Commercial crew size maximum 50.
    • Only designated footpath to be used as access.
    • Gate to be closed at all times.
    • No blocking of resident access and boom gates.
    • Shoot may only happen in the quarry.
    • Eco required for all filming and stills.
    • Eco to be present from set up to breakdown.
    • Eco report to be submitted to SANParks after the filming or stills shoot.
    • Abseiling is allowed in this site.
    • No drones.
    • Letter drops advising of shoot days and times will always be required. Sample letter to be provided prior to letter drop for TMNP to screen.

    Can I film at Sandy Bay and what are the restrictions for this site?

    • No filming or stills between 15th December and 15th January: dates vary each year, check the TMNP website.
    • Weekends one shoot allowed.
    • Easter one shoot per long weekend.
    • No filming or stills on public holidays.
    • Filming or stills between sunrise and sunset.
    • No vehicles on the beach.
    • Site capacity one production per day.
    • Stills maximum capacity 15.
    • No blocking of access gates and no disturbing of other users.
    • If you are approaching from Llududno side you will need a city of cape town permit for the parking.
    • All applicants to provide proof of hiring additional security to be with them on site for the direction of the shoot. No permit will be issued without such proof being provided.
    • No driving past the second boom gate.
    • No blocking of access to other recreational users especially along rocket road.
    • Vehicles to be parked at Sandy Bay neck and not more than 5 vehicles before the boom gate and 5 vehicles inside the top parking plus one truck.
    • Only stills shoot on footpath and valley of Sand dunes behind the parking area.
    • No shoots allowed on the slopes of Sand dunes.
    • Commercials allowed Monday to Friday.
    • No music or drumming allowed, no loud hailers.
    • No radio controlled aircraft allowed and no drones.
    • Eco required for all stills and filming.
    • Eco to be present from set up to breakdown.
    • Eco report to be submitted to SANParks after the filming.
    • Catering only craft in the parking area no open flame allowed.
    • Toilets will be required to be hired in for all shoots. Location of proposed toilet to be indicated in application form as too delivery time and collection time of toilet.

    Can you film in The Glen and are there restrictions on filming there?

    • No filming or stills allowed between 15th December and 15th January or over Easter long weekend / dates vary annually.
    • No filming or stills over public holidays.
    • One shoot allowed per weekend.
    • Stills crew size 15.
    • Commercial crew size 50.
    • No music or drumming permitted.
    • No blocking of access gates.
    • No drones.
    • No catering allowed only craft.
    • Parking maximum 10 vehicles and 1 truck in the lower section.
    • Filming times between sunrise and sunset.

    Can I film in Deer Park and what are the restrictions for this site?

    • No Filming or Stills allowed between the 15th December and 15th January / dates vary annually.
    • No filming or Stills allowed over Public Holidays.
    • No filming or Stills allowed over Easter weekend.
    • One shoot per weekend.
    • Stills and Filming between Monday and Friday.
    • Filming between sunrise and sunset / note these times change seasonally.
    • Still maximum crew 15.
    • Craft allowed Monday to Friday on site at the toilet near the gravel patch.
    • No open flame allowed.
    • Commercials capacity: 50 crew size.
    • Parking 10 vehicles and 1 truck.
    • Eco required for all filming and stills.
    • Eco to be present from set up to breakdown.
    • Eco report to be submitted to SANParks after the filming.
    • Mountain bike related filming to happen on the mountain bike track between the boom and the gum trees and only one 4x4 vehicle allowed on the track, map to be submitted during application for SR’s approval.
    • No quad bikes allowed.
    • No drones.
    • Cherry picker and crane specs to be applied for and approved in advance..
    • No special effects or noise permitted.

    Can I film or take stills on the Slangkop Board walk and what are the restrictions for this site?

    • Capacity x 10 pax.
    • One production filming or stills per day.
    • No productions filming or stills are permitted on Saturdays, Sundays or Public Holidays filming between sunset and sunrise.
    • Filming and photographic shoots will not be allowed between the 15th of December and 15th of January and Easter Weekend.
    • Vehicles to be parked at the Parking outside Slangkop light house. A maximum of 6 vehicles will be allowed per shoot.
    • An ECO required for all shoots and filming from set up to breakdown.
    • Due to the presence of Otters in the area, extreme care needs to be taken when shooting at this location. ECO to determine and approve the site before any set up.
    • Due to the sensitivity of the wetland and endangered plants around the area, filming will be allowed on the boardwalk only.
    • No plants, flowers and seeds may be brought in as part of a shoot, function or production.
    • Catering: To be done at the parking area and to be cleaned after use. Due to the presence of Baboons all film and stills companies are required to employ two baboon monitors for the duration of the shoot (including set up and break down).

    Can I film at Rhodes Memorial and what are the constraints around this site?

    • This section is specific to the area at the memorial itself.
    • No filming or stills allowed between 15th December and 15th January or over Easter long weekend / dates vary annually.
    • No filming or stills over public holidays or weekends.
    • Filming and stills are allowed Monday to Friday.
    • Stills crews is maximum of x 15.
    • Catering is allowed on the grass between the upper and lower parking or under the oak trees.
    • Parking for vehicles max x 5 public bays.
    • Commercials : maximum crew size x 50.Catering as above.
    • Vehicles for a commercial shoot x 20 parking bays / note UCT reserved bays may not be used.
    • No buses allowed at Rhodes Memorial.
    • Props to be pre-approved and rubberized to prevent damage.
    • No special effects or no drones.
    • No closure of the road allowed.
    • No animals allowed on site.
    • Filming according to gate times: Gate times are in Summer between 07h00 and 17h00 and winter between 08h00 and 17h00.
    • Shoots between 15 -25 pax must hire in x 1 toilet and 25 to 50 pax must bring in two toilets. Location of proposed toilet to be indicated in application form as too delivery time and collection time of toilet.
    • ECO for all shoots and filming from set up to breakdown, with a post event report being sent to SANParks after the shoot.

    Can I film on Lions head and what are the restrictions to filming in this location?

    • No filming and stills allowed 15th December to 15th January / dates vary annually.
    • No filming and stills allowed over Easter and Public Holidays.
    • No filming and stills on weekends – Only Monday to Friday between Sunrise and Sunset.
    • Filming and Stills allowed on the Paragliding and Jeep track and the Lions Head Foot path.
    • Only filming and stills of approved activities for this location are allowed.
    • Eco required for all filming and stills.
    • Eco to be present from set up to breakdown.
    • Eco report to be submitted to SANParks after the filming.
    • No water facilities are available on this site.
    • Clients to supply own toilets. Location of proposed toilet to be indicated in application form as too delivery time and collection time of toilet.
    • Parking is available at the Kloofnek parking.
    • No driving on the Jeep track and no drones.
    • No catering allowed only craft – no open flames permitted.
    • Stills maximum 15 crew.
    • Commercial shoots capacity 20.
    • Jeep track shoot only at Scotcheskloof.
    • No blocking of the access gates allowed.

    Can I shoot in Silvermine and what are the site specific constraints?

    General Conditions
    Filming and photographic shoots will not be allowed between the 15th of December and 15th January due to the high visitor usage ( dates vary annually). All shoots need to have an ECO

    Capacity and Permitted days and times
    Capacity: One commercial and one still, or 2 stills in two different areas per section per day.Only one multi-location (big production) commercial per section per day.
    Stills : no more than x 15
    Commercial no more than x 50
    Summer times for filming are 07H00 – 18H00 and winter times are 08h00 – 17h00, with one hour available for packing up. Crew to be out of the area by gate closing time (19h00 in summer and 18h00 in winter).
    No productions/shoots are permitted on Saturdays, Sundays or Public Holidays
    Only small shoots (maximum group of 15) permitted at Waterfall near Gate 2
    No commercial shoots at Gate 1 and 2 over weekends and Public Holidays
    No productions/shoots are permitted in caves and indigenous forests

    Vehicles
    All vehicles are to be parked in the public or designated parking areas.
    At Noordhoek Peak Circuit, Ou Wa Pad, Pipe Track and Sunbird Centre (not at Homestead)
    No more than three (3) vehicles will be permitted to enter and remain on management access roads. Strictly no turning in veld allowed
    No crane-trucks allowed. Max tonnage and width of small cranes/cherry-pickers (either to be assembled on site or driven in on a bakkie) to be approved by Section Ranger.
    Crane or Cherry picker must be assembled on site
    A further vehicle will be permitted to shuttle equipment and crew during production.
    Any shoot requiring vehicular access on Noordhoek Peak Circuit requires an ECO.

    Props and the Reservoir
    No motorized watercraft are allowed./ no remote controlled boats/No hard hulled craft allowed
    No fishing rods / nets as props
    No tents around the reservoir or around Silvermine as a whole
    Props to be considered on a per application basis

    Catering and Toilets
    Northern Side Gate 1 – Catering will only be permitted at the group braai areas, large picnic area below the dam wall, gravel car park and Ou Kaapse Weg View site. No open flames, fires, gas in fire season or on orange or red fire danger index days
    Southern Side Gate 2 – Catering will be permitted in the Gate 2 overflow car park area and Silvermine Homestead only. No open flames, fires, gas in fire season or on orange or red fire danger index days
    The park would prefer craft in both locations due to the potential fire risks

    Toilets
    No toilet facilities are available at the Silvermine Waterfall
    When additional toilets are brought :Toilets to be in overflow parking
    Toilets to be brought in are for groups of x 15 or more
    Toilets to be on a trailer and tied down / No free standing toilets

    Things to note:

    Access to film through Gate 2 at Silvermine Waterfall must be on foot and vehicles to remain in car park.

    Filming in Silvermine South may only take place at the Silvermine Homestead, Sunbird Centre, Silvermine Waterfall.
    No filming in Noordhoek wetlands
    Filming in Silvermine North may only take place at the Reservoir, Ou-Wa Pad, Chapman’s Peak Drive (with agreement with the Drive management concessionaire), Noordhoek Peak Circuit , Noordhoek lookout, Ou Kaapse Weg view site, and Pipe track.
    All shoot locations to be clearly identified in application for approval
    Capacity for Noordhoek Lookout is x 15 crew and 2 vehicles; ECO is required for this location
    Any shoots over 15 require an ECO
    No pets or animals allowed in Silvermine for shoot except Dogs. Dogs to be specifically requested in the application and standard animals in shoots conditions apply

    Would the park consider closing the roads in the park for filming? ( Cape Point, Tafelberg and Signal Hill Road)

    No filming on the main road (From the Park Entrance Gate to Cape Point). This is due the sheer volume of traffic experienced on this road. No filming in the car park at Cape Point either.
    Filming on secondary roads (Circular Drive, Gifkommetjie, Platboom, Cape of Good Hope, Rooikrans, Buffelsbay, Bordjiesrif, Black Rocks) by special permission. Numbers, Dates and Times are an example of what will factor into a decision on what may be allowed.

    Tafelberg road and Signal Hill road belong to the City of Cape Town and you will need a permit from them on film on the road.
    The lay-byes along the road from which filming of the road usually occurs are SANParks land and hence a permit for filming from these locations will be required from SANParks.

    We often receive requests to wet the road surface prior to filming which we refuse. As a conservation organisation in a climate with a water shortages this is not something we would like to be seen to authorize.

    Can I film in the Newlands Picnic site and if so what are the constraints of this site.

    • No film shoots or stills shoots allowed between 15th Dec and 15th Jan: dates vary annually.
    • No commercial filming allowed during season: Between 1 October and end May.
    • Stills of 15 or less pax allowed in season but not between 15th Dec and 15th Jan : dates vary annually.
    • One shoot or commercial per day.
    • The site is closed to the public 1 June and end September and the site then allows functions filming and commercials between 8am and 5pm.
    • Site capacity 300 in the period : 1 June to end September.
    • Parking 70 bays.
    • No Buses allowed.
    • X 1 truck allowed.
    • Silent Generator allowed.
    • Catering allowed.
    • No animals allowed on this site.
    • Noise no drumming is permitted / no noise.
    • Additional toilets must be brought when pax over 50 : then need 2 toilets per 50.
    • Crane/ cherry specs to be applied for and approved in advance.
    • ECO/s required for all filming and stills.
    • Additional security guard required to ensure gate remains closed.

    Can I film on Dias Beach in the Cape of Good Hope Section of Table Mountain National Park and what are the constraints for this location?

    • Filming and stills allowed between 08h00 and 16h00 in summer and 07h00 and 17h00 winter : note that pack up needs to be done to ensure exit before park gates close.
    • No early entry or late departure to the park will allowed.
    • Crew to ensure they get out the gate on time without speeding.
    • Use of Dias Beach does not include the use of any of the surrounding cliff areas or coastal stretches North or South of this location.
    • Maximum of 30 people on the beach at any given time.
    • There are dangerous rip currents off this beach and the park will not approve any activities that require the use of the sea for swimming, wading, boating, canoeing etc.
    • Equipment needs to be limited to what can be carried by hand and may not be left on the beach overnight.
    • 35 people in the parking lot at any given time.
    • No catering in the parking, at Rooikrans only.
    • Baboon Monitor /s required for all catering.
    • ECO/s required for all shoots.

    Can I film in the Tokai Picnic site in the back section with the hard wood trees and pines and if so what are the site constraints for this location?

    • Yes you can have a shoot in the back area of the Tokai picnic site:
    • Site constraints are:
    • Capacity for the site : 50 pax
    • Stills and Commercials Permitted
    • Monday to Friday during picnic site opening times No Filming from 15th Dec to 15th Jan and Easter weekend nor on weekends and Public holidays Times for filming: 07h00 to 18h00 (1 Oct to 31 April). This includes set up and break down 08h00 to 17h00 (1 May to 30 Sep) This includes set up and break down Gazebos permitted No quad bikes permitted also no heavy duty trucks at the back due to the bridge design NO drones Cycling shoots permitted No animal shoots permitted Blimped generators permitted An ECO/s are required Number of ECO's required to be determined by the numbers and requests in the application ECO/s are an additional cost as they are an out sourced service provider.
    • Parking: Vehicles x 25
    • Catering is permitted & baboon monitors are required - Baboon Monitors are also an additional cost as it is an outsourced service provider Back corner toilets to be used by the shoot All waste to be removed on departure due to the presence of baboons NO special effects Filming between the pines is permitted Fires only permitted in the designated braai sites.

    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.

    FAQs - Signal Hill Functions:

    Can I host a function on Signal Hill?

    Yes provided you have applied and obtained a permit to host a function from SANParks.

    Where on Signal Hill can I host a function?

    Either on Top of the hill or in the area behind the paragliders.

    What is the site capacity on Signal Hill?

    • 300 on the hill behind the toilets.
    • Top of the hill approx. 80 to 100.
    • 35 on the grass behind the paragliders.

    Do I need an ECO present?

    • An ECO is always required for the top of the hill and behind the toilets
    • On the grass if there are more than 30 pax at the function an ECO is required
    • ECO to be present from set up to breakdown
    • See further up on this page info on ECO companies. Costs for the ECO are an additional cost to the tariff billed by SANParks.
    • ECO’s may only be engaged from the ECO companies listed on this page

    Is there official parking for events on Signal Hill?

    There is no official parking available:
    The parking area at Signal Hill is not SANParks land.

    Are tables provided on site?

    Function organizers are to bring their own tables irrespective of locations used at Signal Hill. Picnic tables behind the paragliders may not be used for functions.

    Can I have my function on the deck at Signal Hill?

    No, the deck is left open and available on a daily basis for the viewing public to use and enjoy.

    May I land a helicopter on Signal Hill?

    No

    Can I set up a tent or Marquee on Signal Hill?

    • No tents, bars or marquees on the grass allowed behind the paragliders.
    • For on top of Signal Hill we consider these requests on an individual application basis.
    • If a tent, marquee or bar is allowed it is billed per square meter used.
    • A Structural engineers certificate is required for Marquees and Tents.
    • A fire and evacuation plan will be required and proof of public liability insurance will be required.

    What are the tariffs for these sites and How do I book Signal Hill?

    • Contact Ashrell Oliphant on 021 712 7471 or email her on ashrell.oliphant@sanparks.org.
    • Tariffs available on request and dependant on numbers and equipment proposed to be brought on site.
    • Tariffs change annually on 1 November

    Do I need to pre-book Signal Hill for an event and function?

    • Yes you need to reserve a date in the diary for your function.
    • Contact Ashrell Oliphant on 021 7127471.
    • Please indicate very clearly which location you wish to reserve. If you don’t you will allocated to available space.

    Do I need to complete an application form to reserve Signal Hill?

    • Yes, please download from this page the application form marked : Application for events, functions and ceremonies.
    • Complete and scan back to Ashrell Oliphant ( ashrell.oliphant@sanparks.org) once you have a date in the diary, Please be sure to complete the entire form and not to mark any line item TBA.

    How do I make payment?

    • Once we have received your application form and the paperwork has been accurately completed a pro forma invoice is sent to you for payment.
    • The obligation is on the client to ensure the details reflected on the pro forma invoice are indeed accurate prior to payment.
    • Please note once we have received payment we charge an amendment fee should you wish to alter the invoice. Thus please be sure that the number of pax attending is not set to change after payment.

    Do I get issued a permit for the site?

    • A permit is issued once the Proof of Payment ( POP ) is received.
    • A copy will be sent to the applicant and the relevant ECO company via email.

    Can I have an open flame on Signal Hill?

    No open flames allowed and thus no gas allowed

    May my clients smoke on Signal Hill

    No smoking on Signal hill

    May I sell alcohol to my clients on Signal Hill?

    If you wish to sell alcohol at a function on Signal Hill you will need a temp liquor licence which must be provided to SANParks prior to us issuing the permit. Unfortunately we can’t issue a permit unless we have received a copy of the temporary liquor licence for the function.

    May I provide alcohol to my clients as part of my function on Signal Hill and do I need a temporary liquor licence to do this?

    You may provide your clients with alcohol on Signal Hill. The requirement for a liquor licence will depend on the volume / litres of alcohol you would provide your clients with. Please ensure you familiarise yourself with the regulations in this regard. It is the clients responsibility to ensure they have the relevant licence/s in place for the function. Any fines received due to failure to have the relevant licences in place will be for the clients account. ( please look at the website for the Western Cape Liquor Board and note the time frames for application).

    May I have a function after sunset on Signal Hill?

  • No, all functions to end by sunset and be packed and cleared away with one hour of sunset.
  • If my clients are unable to attend the function on Signal Hill through unforeseen circumstances can I request to move the permit to another date?

    No , permits cannot be moved to an alternate date. Please ensure you do your planning carefully and book and pay for the correct date.

    Will I be refunded if my clients are unable to attend the Signal Hill Function as booked?

    No, refunds are granted on the basis that a client was delayed or missed a connecting flight and was unable to make the function as booked and paid for. Please ensure you and or your clients have adequate insurance to cover such eventualities.

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