The Table Mountain National Park, world heritage site, and Natural 7 Wonder of the World is set to be fenced in at a cost of R150 Million.
The fencing will allow SANParks to create greater revenue by charging persons wanting to enter the park. The fence will also put a stop to crime on Mountain. The fencing around Table Mountain/Cape Town City areas will be a 6 meter high Palisade Fence with ‘Enia Ivy’ running along the top.
In addition to keeping out any would be muggers it will also ease the number of mountain rescues on the mountain. This because of the controlled access and park users not being allowed to access the mountain after 16:00 in the afternoon.
The fencing around the Tokai section of the park will be made Baboon proof in order to put a stop to Baboons running wild in the suburbs which was a major problem in 2012.
The Table Mountain National Park is a must-visit for anyone in Cape Town, local or international. From access hikes and beautiful forest walks to pristine picnic and day-visit spots to secluded picturesque accommodation facilities throughout the park, there is plenty to do, see and experience. SANParks believe that this fence will enhance and make safer the users experience in the park.
Key entry points will be manned by officials and Activity Permits required for specific activities (e.g. dog walking, mountain biking, rock climbing, picnicking, etc). Park users can expect a 45% rise in fee’s to use the park – this will contribute to the fence and upper management salary increases which are way overdue.
The fence will take 2 years to build. SANParks would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused during the construction and thank you in advance for your support.
The Table Mountain National Park is made up of three sections and covers and area of 221 km2
Table Mountain section
This section covers Signal Hill, Lion’s Head, Table Mountain proper, including the Back Table (the rear, lower part of the mountain), Devil’s Peak, the Twelve Apostles (actually a series of seventeen peaks along the Atlantic seaboard), and Orange Kloof (a specially protected area not open to the public). It borders on central Cape Town in the north, Camps Bay and the Atlantic coast in the west, the Southern Suburbs in the east, and Hout Bay in the south.
This section was formed from the Table Mountain National Monument, Cecilia Park, and Newlands Forest. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is not officially part of the national park, but its higher reaches are maintained as part of the park.
This section runs northwest-southeast across the Peninsula from the Atlantic seaboard to the False Bay coast. It covers Constantiaberg, Steenberg Peak and the Kalk Bay mountains. It borders on Hout Bay in the north-west, the suburbs of Constantia and Tokai in the north-east, Kalk Bay in the south-east, and Fish Hoek and Noordhoek in the south-west.
Cape Point section
This section covers the most southern area of the Cape Peninsula, stretching from Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope in the south, as far north as Scarborough on the Atlantic coast and Simon’s Town on the False Bay coast. It was formed from the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve.