South African National Parks will close down the popular inner-city hiking trail up Lion’s Head for five weeks starting from today until the 15th February 2019 in order to repair its damaged and eroded pathways.
In a media statement, SANParks stated that successful intervention and repairs on the widely used trail will require a full closure throughout the maintenance period.
Read SANPark’s statement in full below and read more on Cape Town right here.
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, the 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 the 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 pathway and hence the entire trail will be closed. Signal Hill will remain open to the public as a viewing point.” –SANParks
For more information on which alternative trails you may use for hiking contact SANParks.