Cape Town’s top attractions are acting with caution to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus Disease after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a national state of disaster. This is how they’re helping to flatten the curve.
Table Mountain Aerial Cableway
Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company will be closed to all visitors as from Wednesday 18 March 2020. The cableway will remain closed until after the Easter weekend, or until greater clarity is given on the management and containment of this virus by the President and international health bodies, such as the World Health Organisation.
Read the full statement.
Robben Island Museum
Robben Island Museum has taken a decision to extend the temporary suspension of tours from 18 March 2020 until such a time that conditions allow to lift the suspension.
Robben Island Musuem’s ticket price was scheduled to increase from 01 June 2020. Given the circumstances, RIM will not impose additional charges on all tickets rescheduled to a date later than 01 June 2020.
Rescheduling or cancellation fees will not be applied.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
In light of the recent declaration of COVID-19 as a national disaster, Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts in association with Old Mutual, have postponed the remaining three shows this season.
• Pumeza Matshikiza and Cape Town Opera postponed from 22 March 2020 to Summer 2021 (Date TBC)
• Jeremy Loops postponed from 29 March 2020 to 29 November 2020
• Andrew Young and Don Vino postponed from 05 April 2020 to Summer 2021 (Date TBC)
Ticket-holders will receive communication via Webtickets regarding the new dates as well as their refund options.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens has also suspended guided golf cart tours, guided walks, and Wednesday talks.
📢☣️In line with the President’s announcement regarding the corona virus outbreak, the following events at Kirstenbosch NBG are suspended with immediate effect:
– guided golf cart tours
– guided walks
– Wednesday talks
We apologise for any inconveniences caused. pic.twitter.com/8d9FK9p5eA
— SA Biodiversity (@SANBI_ZA) March 16, 2020
The majority of the premises and stores throughout the V&A Waterfront will be not open on Friday 27 March until the end of the lockdown period. However, a section of the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre will be open to allow grocery stores (Pick n Pay and Woolworths) to trade, along with pharmacies (Clicks and the Waterfront Pharmacy) and the ATMs.
Some areas of commercial operations such as the marine and fishing industries and financial services will still conduct their business on a limited scale.
Parking garages will remain operational with the booms, however open, avoiding the need for payment, for the duration of the lockdown.
Gift voucher (cash and experiences)
While the V&A Waterfront will continue to sell gift vouchers online, neither cash nor experience vouchers will be able to be redeemed during this period.
- The following events due to take place across the property have been cancelled:
- Galileo Cinema – Mar / Apr
- TP52 – April
- Wine Festival – April
- Take The Stage – Mar
- Busker Auditions
- Indian Classical Programme
- Human Right Day – Justice Desk
- Tall Ships Open Days
- Tattoo Convention
- I love Boobies Run
Closed attractions at the V&A Waterfront:
- The OZCF Market
- Zeitz MOCAA
- 2Oceans Aquarium
- Comedy Club
- Robben Island Gateway
- Iziko Maritime Centre
Two Oceans Aquarium
The Two Oceans Aquarium will temporarily close its doors to the public from Wednesday 18 March until Tuesday 14 April 2020.
Hi friends, fans, members and supporters: Due to the seriousness of the #COVID19 pandemic, and in line with the recommendations of @PresidencyZA, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close our doors to the public from 18 March to 14 April 2020.#COVID19SouthAfrica pic.twitter.com/MGRauyFsYS
— Two Oceans Aquarium (@2OceansAquarium) March 17, 2020
- If you booked online tickets to the Aquarium in advance of your visit, you can either postpone your visit or request a refund. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make the necessary arrangements if you require a refund.
- If you booked a function or conference at the Aquarium, you can choose a new date in the future. Please contact email@example.com to discuss options.
- South African citizens who have their birthday during the time we are closed will be able to receive a free entry in the first month of the Aquarium being reopened.
- If your child was booked on our school holiday course, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you booked a dive or a Penguin Experience you can once again postpone the adventure or request a refund. Please email email@example.com to discuss options.
Operations at Cape Point have been suspended until 16 April 2020. This applies to the entire national park including the entrance, curio stores, restaurants and funicular.
Read the full statement.
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MEDIA RELEASE: SANParks shows their support and closes all tourism facilities in support of National Lockdown. In light of the President’s address, operations at Cape Point have since been suspended until 16 April 2020. This applies to the entire national park including the entrance, curio stores, restaurants and funicular. To read their full media release, hit the link in our bio. We’re in this together! From our Cape Point family to yours – Stay safe. #COVID19 #SouthAfricaLockdown
South African National Parks (SANParks) announced its decision to close all its tourism facilities to the public with effect from Wednesday, 25 March 2020 in support of the nation-wide lockdown for 21 days to combat the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) epidemic as declared by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday, 23 March 2020.
SANParks CEO, Fundisile Mketeni said as we all face this unprecedented and unpredictable situation. “We would like to assure our staff and visitors that their health and wellbeing is of critical importance. We, therefore, request that all overnight guests vacate the parks today, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 and ensure they have adequate time to return to their homes by the lockdown time of midnight on Thursday, 26 March 2020. Day visitors will also not be permitted to enter the parks from today.’
He said guests from high-risk countries currently resident in the parks who arrived in the country before March 9 are instructed NOT to leave the parks. “All such guests have been identified and staff on the ground will provide them with support and further information regarding their travel arrangements as well as facilitate contact with their embassies.”
According to Mketeni SANParks has reviewed its reservations policy to accommodate its valued guests and are happy to announce that all amendments and postponements will not be penalised or charged extra fees (T&Cs apply). “It is for this reason that we request guests whose trips have been cut short or those who cannot make their SANParks bookings due to the lockdown to rather consider postponement to a later stage instead of cancellations.”
He said in instances where the traveller may not have a fixed date for the postponed booking, they should contact the call centre at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cancellations will, however, be subjected to the standard cancellation terms and conditions.
SANParks would like to assure the public that essential services such as food delivery, fuel provision, security and emergency services as well as wildlife crime operations will continue during this time. “We would like to thank the public for their on-going support in line with government’s strategy to mitigate the impact of COVID 19, we all have an obligation to flatten the curve,” Mketeni concluded.
South African National Parks (SANParks) Corporate Communications
Groot Constantia have introduced the following measures in an effort to prevent further spreading of the virus:
1. The following offerings at Groot Constantia have been temporarily suspended until further notice:
- Visitors Route Experience
- Access to Manor House, Manor House Museum and Cloete Cellar
- Cellar tours
- School tours
- Trail runs
- All other public events
- Wine tastings
On Thursday 19th March 2020, Groot Constantia was informed that one of the guests hosted at a private event in the Cloete Cellar earlier this month has tested positive for COVID-19.
The Estate has since taken the immediate decision to temporarily close all wine tasting and wine sales facilities at Groot Constantia to allow anyone from the staff who may have come into contact with the aforementioned guest, time to self-quarantine.
You are still able to order wines via their website.
Franschhoek Wine Tram
All tram lines are running as per usual barring two lines – Orange and Purple. Should you have booked on the affected lines, you can swap ahead of time via email: email@example.com. If its an on the day swap, this will be subject to availability or you are able to request a full refund. Upon entering the terminal, you will have your temperature taken and should it be 38 degrees or lower, you will be safe to hop on board.
Lion’s Head trail is currently closed due to continuous fire fighting operations and not due to COVID-19.
Taking a walk or hike is perfectly OK during social distancing. Read our guide. However, for your safety please stay clear of Lion’s Head, Signal Hill and Glen footpaths.
All trails within Table Mountain National Park are accessible.
With the exception of Lions Head footpaths, signal hill vicinity, and the glen footpaths, due to continuous fire fighting operations and assessments being done
— SANParks TMNP (@TableMountainNP) March 18, 2020
Bay Harbour Market, Hout Bay
In accordance with the government’s recommended public gathering restrictions, Bay Harbour Market will be closed until further notice. The Bay Harbour Market team will continue to assess the situation on a weekly basis and keep all informed.
City Sightseeing Cape Town
City Sightseeing will be suspending its Hop-on Hop-off services from 23 March 2020 until 14 April 2020.
#RedBusNotice – City Sightseeing will be suspending Hop-on Hop-off services from 23 March 2020 until 14 April 2020, this includes our Hermanus, Cape Town & Joburg (which was suspended on the 21st of March) services.
— City Sightseeing Cape Town (@CapeTownRedBus) March 22, 2020
Castle of Good Hope
The Castle of Good Hope is closed until 2 April 2020.