The South African National Parks (SANParks) has reminded visitors to the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) to adhere and respect its rules.

“We are still living in the era of a pandemic and wearing a mask is compulsory to all visitors in the park, as well as sanitizing and maintaining safe social distancing along hiking trails and picnic sites. Protect yourself and others from the disease,” SANParks said via Facebook.

“Everything as we know it has fundamentally changed with COVID-19, therefore we are requesting visitors to adhere to all official alert Level 3 regulations when visiting the park. Do your part by wearing masks and keeping safe.”

Members of the group have echoed the sentiment of SANParks, adding that litter has become a serious problem as the country has entered Level 3 lockdown:

“Increased litter is becoming a big problem. Each day we are collecting litter on our walk. Never seen so much litter in all the years I have walked on this mountain. Incredibly sad. Can’t understand why someone would come to a pristine environment and throw litter on the ground. Mind boggles. What will it look like the next time you come if you keep doing this? What if you are not alone and plenty others throw litter on the ground too. It will soon look like a trash heap,” one social media user said.

Thank you. The mountain is currently overcrowded on weekends and many people not wearing masks. Social distancing also impossible when large groups come by on single track trails. Also an increase in litter with the increase of hikers,” another said. 

Important contact information while in Table Mountain National Park:
TMNP – Emergency Number: 0861 106 417
COVID-19 Hotline: 0800 029 999
Picture: SANParks/Facebook

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Lucinda Dordley

Lucinda is a hard news writer who occasionally dabbles in lifestyle writing, and recent journalism graduate. She is a proud intersectional feminist, and is passionate about actively creating a world which is free of discrimination and inequality.