Contrary to popular belief, Wally’s Cave is permanently closed and has never been a designated visitor site, due to several safety risks.

The cave is often visited by locals and tourists as they trek through a Lion’s Head path to reach the naturally formed cave for their candid moment in nature.

SANParks, Table Mountain National Park spokesperson, Saskia Marlowe, says that there is in fact no approved pathway to the site.

“The track is completely created by visitors and is on an erosion path,” she said.

Due to various safety risks such as the path and where Wally’s cave is situated, access to the site is not sanctioned by SANParks.

“For this reason the access route has been clearly signed posted as under rehab with NO access,” Marlowe said.

Hikers continue to ignore the SANPark signage that warns them not to enter the area.

Maintenance to Lion’s Head routes will be carried out by SANParks from January 7 to February 15 next year.

Information on the rehabilitation of this popular hiking route can be found here.

Marlowe assures hikers that the rehabilitation and upgrade of Lion’s Head does not form part of Wally’s cave and that no access routes will be created to enter the cave.

“Creating an access route to Wally’s cave is not part of this work,” she explains.

SANParks is cautioning the public not to attempt to enter the cave or walk along the dangerous path.

“We expect our visitors to adhere to park signage. We regularly patrol Lions Head and should anyone caught on this track or in the cave will be escorted off site and may be asked to pay a fine,” she said.

Parameters of signage are put in place to ensure the safety of all as Lion’s Head is considered a ‘bucket list’ adventure.

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Ishani Chetty

Ishani is a vegetarian who is passionate about social issues, the environment and current affairs.