**Note: This article was last updated on 02/08/2020 as per current Lockdown Alert Level 3 guidelines. It is therefore subject to change in accordance with future Lockdwon regulations.
We’ve got some exciting news for all nature lovers and adventure seekers! South Africa National Parks (SANParks) announced that self-drive excursions for day visitors will be permitted from Wednesday, 8 July 2020 in the Cape of Good Hope, or Cape Point as it is commonly known, of Table Mountain National Park (TMNP). This means Capetonians will finally be able to explore this Western Cape natural gem once again!
In a statement released by SANParks CEO Fundisile Mketeni, he stated that SANParks used this time to adequately prepare for the expected arrival of guests to the parks and to ensure that the highest health, hygiene and safety protocols are implemented to safeguard all visitors and staff members.
“We appreciate that after three months of confinement, the public is keen to engage with nature and the excitement as shown by enquiries from our loyal visitors is encouraging. We are obligated to ensure that the opening of our national parks for self-drive excursions is done under the strictest health protocols to safeguard both our staff and guests.” – SANParks CEO Fundisile Mketeni
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- The daily quota of a maximum of 250 vehicles per day will be allowed based on the seasonal average of 30%, however, no more than 75 vehicles are allowed in at any given time. The daily quota could be revised in terms of compliance with the lockdown regulations.
- Daily operating hours are between 8am – 4pm.
- A COVID-19 health-related questionnaire must be completed by all visitors upon arrival at the gates. Mandatory temperature screenings will also be done by their staff. Visitors with a temperature screening of 37.4 degrees Celsius and above will not be allowed access into the park.
- The wearing of face masks is compulsory for all visitors – No face mask = NO entry!
- Permitted activities include self-drive vehicles limited to 3 persons per vehicle of the same household and motorbikes limited to one person per bike only.
- The following activities will not be permitted as per COVID-19 Alert Level 3 regulations: Surfing, swimming, cycling, fishing, hiking/walking, trail running, launching of vessels, braaing and picnicking.
- Please note that Olifantsbos- and Bordjiesrif roads; Buffelsfontein Visitor Centre; restaurant/shops; the funicular and accommodation facilities within the Cape of Good Hope section remains closed at present.
- Guests are kindly encouraged to adhere to the speed limits within the park and only stop to take pictures from their vehicle in designated areas provided.
CAPE POINT ENTRY FEE (1 NOVEMBER 2019 – 31 OCTOBER 2020):
- Standard Entry: Adults – R320; Kids – R160
- South Africans (with ID): Adults – R80; Kids – R40
- ADC Nationals: Adults – R160; Kids – R80
Although many of Cape Point’s beaches, hiking trails and adventure experiences are currently closed/off limits due to Lockdown Alert Level 3 regulations, a day-trip to this Western Cape natural wonder is still worth every second!