Time to flex those calf muscles if you want to see the views from Table Mountain for the next six weeks.
The Cableway will be closed for its annual maintenance from 8 July to 18 August 2019. They will be renovating the facilities, replace cable car ropes and generally ensure the safety of passengers.
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Here's what you should know about the downtime:
- If your birthday takes place during the downtime, you can still collect your free birthday ticket up to one week after they reopen. Remember to bring along your SA ID to prove your birthday date.
- You can still hike up the mountain, but note that all the Cableway facilities - including bathrooms and shops - will be closed during this period.
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Some safety tips if you decide to hike up:
- With the rains it might be wet and slippery, so walk slowly and bring a rain jacket.
- Always check for cloud cover as this can seriously hamper your vision on top of the mountain.
- Plan your route from start to end and choose the route according to the ability, fitness and experience of the group. This will prevent potential injury. Before embarking on your hike, make sure you are familiar with the route, terrain, difficulty and expected time required to complete the trail.
- Never hike, run, cycle etc. alone. Undertake your activity with somebody who knows the way and carry a guidebook, map or route description. A registered guide is recommended.
- When packing your bag, remember, you will eat your way through the heavy snacks. Aim for a 12kg load for long routes and trails.
- Water purification tablets or drops are required for most routes – the dodgy river water will become your best friend. And yes, hiking boots work better than sneakers for those loose rocks - unless you want a ranger to fetch you with his bakkie half-way through the hike.
- Inform someone exactly which route you are taking as well as your expected time of return) and stick to this route and plan.
- Keep to the designated routes on well-used paths. Heed signs advising of danger and do not take short cuts or unknown routes.
- Leave valuables like cash and cameras behind.
- Be wary of suspicious persons who may pose as hikers.
- Save the emergency numbers 086 110 6417 or 107 / 021 480 7700
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