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Vital Information

What to bring

Although the Table Mountain National Park is primarily a day-visit park there are several items that no-one should be without whether for a casual stroll or a more serious hike:

It is highly recommended that you purchase Mountains in the Sea – an Interpretive Guide to Table Mountain National Park by award winning environmental journalist John Yeld. The book comprehensively covers all aspects of the Park from biodiversity issues to popular hikes and history and will enrich any visitor’s enjoyment and appreciation of the Park.

Also essential are:

  • A good map – Peter Slingsby’s maps are endorsed by the Park. Visit The Maps for more information.
  • Sun hat and sun block
  • As outdoor lighting in camps is limited, a torch/headlamp is required when walking outside at night
  • Sufficient water
  • Energy snacks
  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Wet weather gear/ wind breakers
  • Punch emergency number into your mobile: 0861 106 417

Visitor Safety

Table Mountain National Park is a Park within a City and its urban context presents Park staff with some unique management challenges. Two of these are these are mountain safety and security issues.

Many people think that because Table Mountain is in the middle of a City that it is simply an easy walk to the top – a serious misconception. The reality is that it is a serious mountain standing 1000 meters above sea level and offers challenging, sometimes dangerous, hikes and is characterised by inconsistent weather. These factors result in people getting lost and injured.

Also as the TMNP is primarily an open access Park from time to time there is criminal activity in some of the urban edge areas of the Park.

In answer to both these challenges the TMNP recruited and deployed Visitor Safety Officers (VSO’s) to patrol popular use zones in the Park. The VSO’s give advice to hikers as well as act as a deterrent to criminals.

For some hints and tips for a hassle free visit to the TMNP please download the Visitor Safety Brochure.


When hiking in or visiting the Table Mountain National Park, it is advisable to ensure that you are equipped for all weather types. TMNP and Cape Town have a Mediterranean climate – characterised by typically hot, dry summers and short, wet, yet mild winters.

Cape Town is also known for the South Easter winds that often rip through the city in Summer. With the mountain topography of the Park – this means that weather patterns can change quickly, often creating a hot, clear day in one area, and rainy, misty conditions in another.

Be advised to bring all weather-gear when hiking visiting TMNP as you can never quite predict the weather patterns.

View the seven day Cape Town weather forecast.

People with Disabilities

View the information regarding the facilities offered by Table Mountain National Park in the interests of universal access.

Tourism Partners

When in doubt about where to go and what to do please be sure to contact our official tourism organisations:

If you want to travel further a-field in the Western Cape contact:


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Cape of Good Hope



Boulders Penguin Colony






Table Mountain




Olifantsbos Cottage



Eland & Duiker

Front & Back

Accommodation Guide



Hiking Trails


Cape of Good Hope Hiking Trail



Environmental Education


Environmental Education Programme


General Park Information


TMNP brochure


Park Regulations

  • To ensure a safe and joyful trip through our parks, kindly adhere to the Rules and Regulations as stipulated by South African National Parks.
  • The use of drones inside (and over) our national parks is strictly prohibited.

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