South Africa moved from lockdown alert level 4 to level 3 on 1 June 2020. The minister of tourism announced that at this level hiking is allowed. However, hiking must be done in compliance with excising guidelines –  between 06:00 and 18:00 every day and not in groups.

SANParks said in a statement that while the majority of Table Mountain National Park  is open, the following will remain closed under lockdown level 3: Boulders Beach; Cape Point; Silvermine Gate 1 and 2, Upper Tokai; and all picnic sites.

TMNP rules for level 3 hiking

  • Wear face masks while hiking.
  • Maintain a physical distance of at least 1.5 metres when undertaking recreational activities.
  • As per alert level 3 lockdown regulations, you are permitted to exercise between 06:00 and 18:00.
  • No overnight hiking will be permitted in the park.

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Hiking safety tips

Don’t hike alone

While maintaining a physical and social distance, please ensure you’re two or three people hiking together. Don’t split up—rather take the pace of the slowest member.

Be prepared

Take enough water (at least a 1.5L bottle or two per person) and wear sunblock, proper hiking shoes, and a hat. Check that the weather is hike-friendly the night before and take a warm jacket for mountain hikes as conditions can change rapidly.

Tell somebody and plan ahead

Always inform someone of your intended route and your expected time of return. Check a map of your hike before setting off so you are sure where you need to go. Always take the well-trodden path and look out for small painted footprints or piles of rocks (Cairns) to verify you’re on the right track.

Know what to do in an emergency

In the event of injury or other serious trouble stay in one place and find shelter. Do not move the injured person unless they are in a dangerous position. Do not leave the injured person alone—if possible send two people for help, while one person stays behind. Make a detailed note of where the injured person is, and look out for landmarks to navigate back to the spot.

In the event of snakebite, immobilise the person and lay them flat on their back. Do not give them food or water. Get help and keep the victim very calm—shock and adrenaline is a major factor in the progression of snake bite symptoms.  In the event of contact with the blister bush (a plant resembling common celery) cover the area from sunlight to avoid skin irritations and the eruption of blisters.

Be responsible

Please don’t litter, feed any animals, or disturb the wildlife on your hike. Be considerate of others and don’t play loud music. Smoking or lighting any kind of fire endangers the area and should be avoided.

Emergency numbers

Emergencies: +27 (0)21 480 7700

Table Mountain National Park: +27 (0)21 957 4700

Wilderness Search and Rescue: +27 (0)21 937 0300