As you may know, South African National Parks (SANParks) has decided to close down Lion’s Head for five weeks (7 January to 15 February, 2019) in order to repair its severely damaged and eroded trails.
In a media statement, SANParks stated that successful completion of this much-needed intervention on the popular spiral trail up to the summit requires full closure of the trail during the maintenance period.
The rest of the statement reads as follows: “During 2017, a Trail Audit Report for the Lions Head and Signal Hill footpath network was completed. The outcome of the report resulted in recommendations to improve the longevity of the trail, safety of hikers in the area and the environmental protection of the Lions Head and Signal Hill.”
“Since the inception of the report, the TMNP management has formulated a phased approach to implement the recommended actions. Minor work that would pose the least interrupted usage of the trail has been completed and includes closure of unauthorised pathways and desire lines, directional signage erected to guide hikers along the official trails and completion of the assessment for certification of the climbing infrastructure along the trail.”
“TMNP will now embark on one of the more intensive phases of the project where the condition of the trail will be addressed.”
“Kindly note that no access will be permitted to hikers or runners via the track entrance along Signal Hill Drive. This includes the restriction on access after sunset and before sunrise. Due to the maintenance in progress we cannot guarantee the safe passage of visitors along the path way and hence the entire trail will be closed. Signal Hill will remain open to the public as a viewing point.”
Alternatively, forward your inquiries to: Mathabatha Matjila, Table Mountain National Park, Tel: 021 422 1601; Email: Mathabatha.Matjila@Sanparks.org