Many listeners have lamented the cost of accessing the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP).
Visitors to TMNP's Cape Point, Boulders, Silvermine, Tokai and Oudekraal have to fork out a daily Conservation fee or their valid wild card or TMNP green card or valid activity permits for special entry.
The prices vary for different activities, as seen below:
Those who have activity permits can access the TMNP's spaces without paying entrance for 12 months from the date of purchase.
Carly Cowell, TMNP's regional ecologist, explains that the costs of the activity permits contribute towards preserving the ecological integrity of the mountain.
The money goes into a fund which is used to maintain the entire park.— Carly Cowell, the regional ecologist at Table Mountain National Park
Because it's an open access park, with only a few gates that actually charge for entrance, we have the activity permit.— Carly Cowell, the regional ecologist at Table Mountain National Park
However, she explains that the charges do not cover the entire cost of the ecological impact made on the area.
The money contributes towards the clearing of alien vegetation, fire breaks, path maintenance and visitor security.
Cowell advises that if the cards were not enforced, areas would not be able to be maintained and some activities would have to be prohibited on the mountain.
We want people out there, enjoying the park - now and into the future.— Carly Cowell, the regional ecologist at Table Mountain National Park
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