Hiking under level 3 lockdown – where and when to go

Hiking under level 3 lockdown - where and when to go
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UPDATE: Lion’s Head closed until further notice.

South Africans – especially Capetonians – were relieved to hear that the outlandish exercise curfew would be abolished under level 3 lockdown and even more thrilled to learn that some hiking trails will reopen as well as a few game parks.

The Tourism Department announced that hiking will be permitted in a brief on Friday, May 29. According to Minister of Tourism Kubayi-Ngubane, people will be allowed to hike from 06:00 and 18:00 from Monday, 1 June. However, the decision, like most during these uncertain times was made at last minute with minimal regulations put in place and hardly any notice given to national parks – leaving many hikers to wonder exactly where they can go.

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After much confusion, it was confirmed last night (Sunday 31 May) that only Golden Gate National Park [in the Free State] and Table Mountain National Park [in the Western Cape] with the exception of Boulders Beach and Cape Point will allow access to visitors from 1 June 2020.

Hikers are encouraged to stay off all unconfirmed trails until further information has been released. South African Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Barbara Creecy is set to release a statement soon regarding the opening of other parks.

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