Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) has been conducting scheduled maintenance of Lion’s Head in the Western Cape since January 7. It was previously expected to be complete by February 15, however due to a wildfire, will reopen on March 1.
The wildfire started on the slopes below Signal Hill Drive and spread rapidly due to the prevailing south-easterly winds. All TMNP resources, aerial support and ground crew, were deployed to contain the fire and protect the urban edge from possible damage. Through these efforts, the fire was largely contained on January 29.
An initial post-fire assessment of the affected area revealed that Lion’s Head sustained significant burn damage to infrastructure and footpaths.
The preliminary maintenance closure period was scheduled for January 7 to February 15, however as a result of the fire, TMNP has informed visitors of an extended closure to address safety and ecological integrity concerns.
Further footpath segments not included in the maintenance project were damaged and will require intervention before access can be granted. This includes paths around the Kramat, Top Road entrance and Kloof Road entrance.
Closure applies to all recreational activities, not only hiking. Visitors are advised to familiarise themselves with the map below in order to avoid the path/s still closed for rehabilitation.