Eager hikers can once again make the climb up popular Lion’s Head. The mountain officially reopens to the public on Wednesday, September 9.
In a statement, South African National Parks (SANParks) announced the reopening comes with a host of protocols.
The following protocols have been put in place:
– Rangers will be positioned at various entry points to check that users are compliant with Covid 19 regulations stipulated by the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC).
– Limitations of user numbers may be imposed at the sergeant ranger’s discretion.
– Maintain social distancing by at least 1.5m at all times.
– Users accessing the summit must wear their masks at all times. No mask no entry.
– Users are to sanitize their hands before and after making use of the staples/ladder and or chain area of Lions Head.
– Picnicking and gathering in social groups is not allowed.
“We encourage all users to adhere to the regulations imposed by the NCC and SANParks to avoid possible re-closure of the iconic summit,” said SANParks.
The popular trail has been closed since June 6 as the hike requires people to use chains and ladders to reach the summit, making these parts high-touch zones.
In a statement at the time, Table Mountain National Park explained: “Due to the nature of the trail, the inability of the visitors to maintain/practice safe social distancing and regular contact in the use of the chains and ladders, makes it a very high risk trail and unsafe to allow users to access the area.”