View of Table Mountain from Lion's Head. It is the perfect walk for tourists and residence who want to squeeze in a short hike after or before work. Photographer: Armand Hough/African News Agency
View of Table Mountain from Lion's Head. It is the perfect walk for tourists and residence who want to squeeze in a short hike after or before work. Photographer: Armand Hough/African News Agency

Lion’s Head officially reopened for hikers ...but there’s a catch

By Theolin Tembo Time of article published Sep 9, 2020

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Cape Town – Table Mountain National Park announced that the Lion’s Head summit has officially reopened again after it was closed “until further notice” in June.

The reopening comes after The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company (TMACC) opened at the beginning of the month.

South African National Parks (SANParks) made the announcement on Wednesday it is open from 9 September, and added there are protocols they have put in place:

  • Rangers will be positioned at various entry points to check that users are compliant with Covid-19 regulations stipulated by the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC).
  • Limitations of user numbers may be imposed at the sergeant ranger’s discretion.
  • Social distancing by at least 1.5m must be maintained at all times.
  • Users accessing the summit must wear their masks at all times. No mask no entry.
  • Users are to sanitize their hands before and after making use of the staples/ladder and or chain area of Lion’s Head.
  • Picnicking and gathering in social groups is not allowed.

SANParks has encouraged everyone to adhere to the regulations imposed to avoid possible re-closure of the summit.

Lion’s Head reopening comes after TMACC opened for Tourism Month.

Wahida Parker, managing director at TMACC, said: “Just in time for Tourism Month, South Africans now have an opportunity to explore their country and its rich diversity of natural treasures including our New7Wonders of Nature.

"The cableway will operate between 8am to 3pm from Monday to Sunday throughout September," she said.

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