16 December 2011

Simon's Town: Burghers’ Walk re-opened

The City of Cape Town, in collaboration with South African National Parks (SANParks), re-opened the Burghers’ Walk in Simon’s Town on Friday 9 December 2011. The walk was temporarily closed to allow for crucial rehabilitation since 01 July 2011.
Burghers’ Walk is a section of the Simon’s Town coastline that is home to one of only two land-based African Penguin colonies in South Africa and provides nesting grounds for a significant portion of this colony of endangered birds.

The rehabilitation at Burghers’ Walk has included:
  • the implementation of measures to control soil erosion
  • the removal of alien vegetation, rubble and litter
  • the planting of indigenous vegetation
  • the installation of a wooden boardwalk

Entrance to Burghers’ Walk is free and the area can be accessed via the wooden gate in Bellevue Road or via other access ways on Links Avenue. The City requests that any member of the public entering Burghers’ Walk familiarise themselves with the rules and regulations of the area, as stipulated on the signboards.
The City appeals to any member of the public wishing to continue on the path beyond the wooden boardwalk to do so responsibly by:
  • keeping the gate closed at all times
  • always remaining on the path
  • being cautious of penguins, not interacting with them
  • keeping dogs on a lead at all times
Penguin Monitors will be available on site during the week and they will assist with any further information required.

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