#LoveSA: Holiday fun in Table Mountain National Park

2016-12-07 12:35
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Table Mountain National Park, Table Mountain, holi

Schools are out and as the working year slowly draws to an end, summer holidays are upon us! With the sun rays heating up the Mother City, here are some helpful tips and special promotions to help you enjoy the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) and surrounding sites in our beautiful Cape Town.

Tips to enjoy a safe and happy holiday:

  • Take a hike, but don’t go on your own. Walk in a group of at least 4 people at the speed of the slowest person.
  • For a light walk, take the scenic Constantia Nek trail, or for something more challenging tackle the world class Lions Head.
  • Avoid carrying valuables as far as possible - cash, cameras, iPods, etc.
  • If confronted by suspects - do not resist.
  • Do not cycle or hike before 08:00am or after 18:00pm.
  • Take plenty water with you – and remember your dogs! Many people forget to bring extra water for their 4-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.
  • For a great Christmas present idea why not buy a loved one a Level 1 My Activity Permit Multi-User dog-walking permit, the multi-user permit is a special package that has been designed to permit more than one person to walk a family’s dog, at discounted rates. More information about this can be found on the official SANParks wildcard website.

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  • Visiting the picnic and braai sights this holiday? 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 number - TMNP Control 0861-106-417/ SAPS 10111, onto your cell phone and make sure someone at home knows where you are. Use this number if you see suspicious individuals on the mountain, if you get stuck, lost or injured – rangers are there to help you.
  • 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. If you see a problematic baboon – call the Baboon Hotline on 071 588 6540.
  • Lastly, remember to enjoy the park the way she is meant to be enjoyed – but please, take nothing but photographs and leave nothing but footprints.

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Table Mountain Aerial Cableway special

The Table Mountain Cableway is currently running their ½ price Sunset Special promotion from 1 November to 18 December and then from 4 January to 28 February 2017 whereby return tickets are half price after 18h00pm for children and adults. For more information on the specials visit the Table Mountain National Park website.

SEE: SA Insider Guide: Get Festive in Cape Town this summer!

Cape Point celebrates 20 years

Cape Point is celebrating the upcoming 20th birthday of the Flying Dutchman Funicular and the launch of its #CapePointMoments campaign by rewarding visitors with daily specials and giveaways until 16 December 2016.

Early birds are rewarded by paying R20 (normally R65) between 9am and 11am for return funicular tickets. Also get 20% off breakfast at Two Oceans Restaurant and 20% off Cape Point-branded water bottles, tumbler sets and placemat sets at the curio shop on presentation of a funicular stub.

Visitors can share their #CapePointMoments on Facebook, Instagram orTwitter to stand the chance of winning anything from picnic blankets to MP3 players.

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Important gate times and closures

Due to capacity constraints and ongoing road works at Cape Point we ask the public to please practice patience as there may be delays or temporary gate closures at popular tourist spots such as Boulders and Cape Point. We advise visitors to head to the park early if you plan to picnic or braai, as space is limited to first come, first serve. The Park also recommends the following tips when visiting Cape Point this summer:

There will be high volumes of visitor’s be sure to plan your travel time i.e be sure to arrive early.

  • Avoid arriving between peak traffic hours 11h00am and 15h00pm.
  • Try and travel in a group when planning your trip.
  • Level three water restrictions have been put into place by the City of Cape Town.

Office hours during the holidays

The Tokai Wild Card Sales Office will close at 13h00pm on the 24th Of December 2016 and reopen at 8:00am on the 28th of January 2017. The Wild Card office will then commence normal working days from Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 16:00pm.

Please note that My Activity Permits and My Green Cards can be purchased from Cape Town Tourism Visitor Centres in addition to the Tokai Wild Card Sales Office. Some of these offices will be open over the public holidays in season and can be contacted on (0)21 762 0687. Note that a My Green Card may not be renewed prior to the expiry date as exhibited on the card. Wild Cards can be renewed online.

Remember to share your journey with us

Keep an eye out on Facebook or Twitter where we’ll keep you informed of any closures this season. Share your images on Instagram.

Happy, safe and festive visit over the holidays!

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