ALERT: Hikers advised of changes to popular Cape Town hiking trail

2016-08-23 08:25 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town - Parts of the popular Pipe Track hiking trail have been washed away, forcing the SANParks to re-open a bypass of the track that had previously been closed. 

SANParks says on 21 July 2016 approximately 20 meters of the 375 mm pipeline was washed away above Camps Bay in the area better known as Diepsloot due to adverse weather conditions. The Kloof Neck Water Treatment Plant is supplied with raw water from the Hely-Hutcheson and Woodhead Dams on top of Table Mountain.  As a result the popular trail in the park for hikers was closed.

In July heavy rains along the South African coastline temporarily shut and affected a number of trails in the Western Cape, including the iconic Whale Trail in De Hoop Nature Reserve in the Western Cape. 

According to reports, the wash-away along Diepsloot was caused by a burst or by a substantial leak which resulted in a failure of the steep slope – including the popular pedestrian hiking trail. 

“The preferred option would be to temporarily reopen the pedestrian access track that was previously used to bypass the steep valley where the Wash-away occurred”, said Jannie Du Plessis, Senior Section Ranger, TMNP Conservation (North). 

“This track was closed by SANParks and is relatively overgrown however the park is pleased to announce that a former pedestrian access track that was previously used to bypass the steep valley was reopened on 12 August 2016 and is safe for visitors to make use of.”

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