Cape Town - New signage will make it easier to navigate the dog-friendly zones on Sedgefield beaches.
SANParks announced that it will upgrade and rebrand current signage at the beaches so that dog-owners can easily see which zones are open to their furry friends.
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This does not mean that areas have been rezoned, according to Marine Ranger for Wilderness, Jonathan Britton.
"Dog walkers need not fear, there has been no significant change to the current dog walking areas, this is more a rebranding of the signage to make it simple and more noticeable for dog walkers to comply with the different zones. The maps are also intended to direct visitors to Sedgefield areas where dog walking is permitted."
Swartvlei from Gericke’s Point to the Myoli Beach remains a no-dog walking area. From Myoli to Cola and towards Platbank dogs are still allowed to chase their tails on the beach. A leash-only zone was introduced at Myoli Beach.
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The different zoning not only gives non-dog beach a fair share of the beaches, but also protects certain species that can be disturbed by roaming dogs, especially the white-fronted plovers.
"White-fronted plovers have very inconspicuous nests that are well camouflaged. Most beach visitors don’t even realise they are there."
"One of the major threats to these birds is that dogs tend to chase the birds or disturb their eggs once the eggs are left exposed and it takes only about five minutes for a plover egg to overheat or to be taken out or trampled by a predator."
They are also testing a similar zonation in Plettenberg Bay and Nature's Valley beaches.
You can check out the different zones below:
On other beaches on the Garden Route, Wilderness Beach has various zones where dogs can enjoy themselves, and in Plettenberg Bay dogs can run free in the Poortjies Lagoon Area and on Lookout Beach. In Knysna they are allowed on a leash on Brenton-On-Sea and Buffelsbaai, but note that during the December-January holiday period they are only allowed before 09:00 and after 17:00.
Remember to always keep your dog under control and pick up after them – you don’t want to leave an unfortunate memory for your fellow beachgoers!
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