Table Mountain's Slangkop tented camp closed due to 'spate of crime incidents' - only 1 of 4 still open

2020-01-15 12:08
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Crime in Cape Town seems to have another victim - this time a popular tented camp in Table Mountain National Park.

South African National Parks (SANParks) have closed the Slangkop Tented Camp due to the dark side of tourism. The camp is situated in among milkwoods on the Hoerikwaggo Trail, almost right on the ocean at the edge of Kommetjie. 

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"We have experienced a number of crime incidents in the camp in recent months and have decided that we can no longer offer guests a secure environment to overnight in," says Saskia Marlowe, manager of the park's Hopisatlity, Film and Events services.

"We will be temporarily closing Slangkop Tented Camp to investigate if additional crime mitigation measures would improve the security on site."

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Out of four tented camps that were built for the Hoerikwaggo trail, only one is currently open - Smitswinkel, which lies at the entrance of Cape Point. 

The Silvermine Tented Camp burnt down in the 2015 fires and has yet to be rebuilt, while the Orangekloof Tented Camp was closed in 2018 - also due to robberies - and remains shut. 

Guests who booked at Slangkop during the closure period have been notified with the option of a refund or credit with SANParks.

"Table Mountain National Park would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused to our valued guests and would like to stress that the decision to close the tented camp was made in the interest of our guests and was not taken lightly," says SANParks in a press statement.

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