Information regarding arrangements for various attractions, facilities and areas in the Table Mountain National Park during the 2015/2016 Festive Season.
The Cape Aflame Project is an independent, citizen-led initiative benefitting the SANParks Honorary Rangers and other organisations providing public services particularly those rendered during the devastating Muizenberg wildfires of 2015.
It’s that time of the year again where South African National Parks (SANParks) offers free entry to all South African citizens into almost all 19 South African National Parks across the country for one week from the Monday, 14th to Saturday, 19th September 2015. The only exceptions this year are Agulhas National Park, Namaqua National Park, Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway in Table Mountain National Park. Certain parks have extended the week into the weekend, for Individual Park dates please visit: www.sanparks.org/about/events/parks_week/default.php
Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) takes pleasure in announcing the re-opening of certain burnt areas which had been closed off to the public. The areas had to be closed off following the March fires for the safety of visitors, and to allow natural systems to recover. Restoration work started immediately after the fire with attention to both restoring access as well as the natural elements. TMNP Management was encouraged by the general compliance to these closures and appreciates this patience with the restricted access. Now, five months after the fire, fynbos recovery is showing great progress and mountain lovers can once again look forward to their favourite hikes and to see the wonders of fynbos.
On the 3rd of August 2015, news trickled through of an odd bird seen at Perdekloof Picnic Site near Cape Point in Table Mountain National Park (TMNP).
In the interest of public safety, as well as for the protection of the environmental integrity of the Silvermine and Tokai sections of Table Mountain National Park (TMNP), park management decided that these two areas will remain closed to the public until further notice.
Teams have moved into a full scale mopping up operation after the fires that raged through Table Mountain National Park for almost a week, was extinguished. A worried eye is being kept on the weather though because fears remain that the fires could flare up again.
8 March 2015 - It is with great sadness that we must announce that one of the Working on Fire helicopter pilots, Mr Hendrik Willem Marais, was killed whilst attempting to make a forced landing.
The chairperson of the SANParks Board, Mr Kuseni Dlamini, has expressed condolences on behalf of the Board, Management and staff to the family, friends and colleagues of Mr Willem Hendrick ‘Bees’ Marias, who tragically died in a helicopter accident while fighting fires in the Cape Point section of Table Mountain National Park today.
The fires at the Cape Point section inside the Table Mountain National Park continues to burn with crews basically forced to stand down at 23h00pm last night due to strong wind conditions making the situation extremely challenging for those on site with total costs of fighting the fires now climbing towards the R5 million mark.
5 March 2015: The cost of containing the multiple fires on Table Mountain National Park continues to rise. Current estimates are that the infrastructure damage in the National Park alone, since the fires started is already more than R5 million.
The latest update on the fires in the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP), as on Friday, 6 March 2015.
A fire that started in the early hours of Sunday morning on the Muizenberg Mountains has spread significantly, all vegetation of the Silvermine section of Table Mountain National Park has been burnt and the infrastructure including office buildings, campsites, board walks continue to be at risk.
The SANParks Honorary Rangers, Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon and Table Mountain National Park celebrated the hand-back of the newly renovated People’s Trail Hut.
South African National Parks (SANParks) has various plans in place to deal with safety and security in the park often lede to break-through’s such as the arrest of two serial muggers positively identified by the Table Mountain Visitor Safety Unit Rangers on Signal Hill in Table Mountain National Park (TMNP).
12 February 2015: Following a second mugging on Saturday 8 January 2015 in approximately the same vicinity of a previous mugging three weeks ago, Table Mountain National Park rangers have launched a massive manhunt for the perpetrators. Rangers are daily combing the area in their search to prevent and apprehend the suspects.
21 January 2015: Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) would like to inform visitors of the upcoming infrastructure projects in the Cape of Good Hope (CoGH) section of the Park.
Information regarding to the December 2014/January 2015 festive season in Table Mountain National Park.
The Cape Point Nature Run takes place this weekend (9 November 2014) inside the Cape of Good Hope. As a result there will be minor closures taking place at Cape Point to accommodate the race.
Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) announced their annual tariff increases which are required to keep up with the increased cost of managing the national park. The annual rate increase took effect on Saturday, 1 November 2014.
23 October 2014 - On 11 October organisations around the world celebrated African Penguin Awareness Day, a day dedicated to raising worldwide awareness about the plight of the endangered African penguin. SANCCOB (Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) and South African National Parks (SANParks) celebrated APAD with a unique penguin festival and a star-studded benefit auction in aid of their African penguin conservation projects.
The 11th of October 2014 is African Penguin Awareness Day (APAD) - a day dedicated to raising worldwide awareness about the plight of the endangered African penguin.
Management of the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) would like to advise visitors to the park of the temporary closure of the stairs and boardwalk lede down to Dias Beach within the Cape of Good Hope Section.
It’s that time of the year again where South African National Parks (SANParks) offers free entry to all South African citizens into almost all 19 South African National Parks across the country for one entire week.
South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering a special 33% discount to short notice online reservations for accommodation and camping at three National Parks in the Western Cape.
The SANParks Infrastructure Program is in the process of investing significant amounts of money into various tourism infrastructures in the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP).
Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) turns 16 on 1 May 2014. As part of the celebrations we’re inviting all South African citizens to make the most of this Worker’s Day at Oudekraal, Perdekloof, Silvermine and Newlands Forest picnic and braai sites with our offer of FREE ENTRY. However, please note that the offer excludes free entry into the Cape of Good Hope (Cape Point), Boulders Penguin Colony and Tokai Forest picnic site.
In November last year the SANParks Honorary Rangers of the Table Mountain Region, in conjunction with TMNP Management and a number of passionate trail runners launched an initiative called "Running for the Mountain." The primary objective was to raise funds through trail running club events for the on-going rehabilitation and maintenance of the Park’s many jeep tacks and trails.
A section of the Hoerikwaggo Trail between the Slangkop Tented Camp and the Silvermine Tented Camp, used by hikers to climb the southern slopes of Chapman’s Peak, will soon be closed.
Two prescribed burns will take place in the Cape of Good Hope Section of Table Mountain National Park in the near future. The areas identified are Da Gama Peak and the section next to the Cape Point Main Gate. This will consolidate last year’s burn of 252 hectares to reach a total of 710 hectares.