With the sun rays heating up the Mother City, here are some valuable tips to help you enjoy the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) and surrounding sites in our beautiful City.
Take a hike, but don’t go on your own. Walk in a group of at least four people or more. For a light walk, take the scenic Constantia Nek trail or for something more challenging tackle the world-class Lions Head.
Some more valuable tips when carrying out your recreational activities in the Park:
- Avoid carrying valuables as far as possible – cash, cameras, etc.
- Do not cycle or hike before 7am or after 6pm.
- Emergency numbers: TMNP number 0861-106-417/ SAPS 10111. Wilderness Search and Rescue Number 021 937 0300 or dial 112.
Take plenty of water with you – and remember your dogs! Many people forget to bring extra water for their four-legged friends when taking a walk in the mountains. Please remember also to bring along poo bags this will keep the trails clean for all mountain users. Please note that My Activity Permits and My Green Cards can be purchased from the Tokai Sales Office.
- Visiting the picnic and braai sites? Please remember to keep the area clean from litter.
- Wear sun-block, a hat and bring a light, all-weather jacket with you in Cape Town you can never be sure how many seasons you’ll get in a day!
- Programme the TMNP emergency phone numbers (see above) onto your cell phone and make sure someone at home knows where you are. Use this number if you get stuck, lost or injured.
- Don’t throw your cigarette butts out of your car window – Cape Town summers are often dry and windy and it takes just one spark to start a devastating fire – to animals, plants and neighbouring communities.
- Please do not feed any baboons you may encounter – they are wild animals and can become dangerous.
- Lastly, remember to enjoy the park the way it is meant to be enjoyed – please pick up your litter and discard it in the surrounding bins or at home.
For the love of nature: Take only photos and leave only footprints.