update (26 September 2023): The Camps Bay Pipe Track and Tafelberg Road are closed until further notice due to mudslides and rockfalls blocking access.
Other affected areas in the Northern Section of Table Mountain National Park include:
- Kloofnek Public ablution closed due to no water as a result of damaged water pipes.
- Lions Head Parking area.
- Signal Hill trees uprooted and fell at the back of the ablution, blocking the footpath and parking area.
- The Glen road collapsed causing trees to uproot and damage water pipe supply to Kloofnek precinct.
- Kloof road from the Circle to Camps Bay closed by the City of Cape Town.
- Reports of mudslides and soil erosion due to severe water flow at Devils Peak, Deer Park, and the Glen jeep track.
- There's currently no access for vehicles or recreational users in the Prinskasteel stream.
update (26 September 2023): Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) ranger teams conducted flood assessments across the National Park earlier today following the adverse weather conditions the Cape region experienced over the past two days. SANParks is aware of the following areas of concern:
- Report of a developing sinkhole at the low-water bridge Schusterskraal (Scarborough)
- Report of a fallen tree on Plateau Road close to the Cape Point Main Gate
- Landslide off the hiking trail to the Admirals Waterfall in Simonstown
- A road verge erosion in Noordhoek Circuit - Silvermine West
- Report of a new gabion structure on the verge of collapsing below Silvermine Dam
- Landslide at Chapman's Peak Drive
- Effected areas in Tokai:
- Lower Tokai
- Pine trees uprooted, and extensive fuel loads in the Pine plantation due to fallen debris.
- Erosion of equestrian track and stream. Siltation of riverbed impacting (flooding) CoCT greenbelt trails.
- Tokai Arboretum, 6 trees uprooted and Management track eroded.
- Constantia Berg slippage has increased.
- Seven active slippages above Zwaanswyk and Steenberg estate noted. One slippage has damaged a residential property and fenceline.
- Tokai overflow picnic is flooded. The equestrian track impacted.
- Tokai Picnic - hazardous branches have fallen, including uprooted trees in the Tokai Pine plantation in Lower Tokai.
The list will be updated as more information is received from various sections of the Park. Table Mountain National Park management would like to request Park Users to exercise caution during this time and wait for a drier period to access mountain hiking, horse, and bike trails. We'll keep you posted!
The management of Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) in Cape Town has released an update (25 September 2023) on the impact of the severe weather conditions and flooding the Cape region is currently experiencing. Numerous pine trees in the Lower Tokai plantation were uprooted and fell as a result of the inclement weather. An inspection will be conducted today (26 September 2023) to assess infrastructure and other damages. Localized flooding of the trails in Lower Tokai and the mass movement of soil in Upper Tokai has also been reported.
South African National Parks (SANParks) is advising the public to avoid mountain trails in Table Mountain National Park where slippery, wet, and muddy conditions persist to avoid having accidents and requiring rescue. People should not cross or walk through flowing water as there could be sink holes underneath, which could cause serious injury. Visitors are recommended to wait for a drier period to access mountain hiking, horse, and bike trails. We'll keep you posted!