Temporary closure of the Hoerikwaggo Hiking Trail:
We would like to apologise for the temporary closure of the Hoerikwaggo Hiking Trail.
As a result of the terrible fires that ravaged large parts of Table Mountain National Park in March 2015, the trail lost two days of the hike and one of the tented camps in the blaze. The balance of the camps are still available to book as accommodation but hiking of the trial is not possible.
To hike the Hoerikwaggo™ Trail is a rare privilege that affords hikers the unique opportunity to overnight on the Table Mountain Chain.
For your own enjoyment and that of your fellow hikers please note the following:
Hiking ethos: Good hiking practices of “leaving only footprints and taking only photographs will be promoted. Picking flowers is considered to be poaching and is strictly prohibited.
Paths: The paths have been constructed to protect the delicate fynbos ecosystem. Please do not walk off the paths.
Animals: Many vertebrates and invertebrates call the Table Mountain Chain home, please do not feed or interfere with any animals.
Guiding: Critical for safety, good conduct of hikers, enforcing permitted access where required and ensuring appropriate use of facilities; and interpretation of cultural and natural treasures. Hikers are obliged to accept the guidance and advice of the Hoerikwaggo™ Trail Guides. All trail guides will be in radio contact with Park officials at all times.
Security: All overnight facilities will have a permanent on-site management and security presence
Touch the earth lightly: This means that all facilities and infrastructure will be designed with minimum environmental impact. No new building will be constructed and renovations will keep to the footprint of existing structures. Tented camps will be erected in such a way that they can be removed without a trace.
Energy efficient: Where possible we have used alternative energy sources and eco-loos.
Fire: Only allowed in designated fire areas under the supervision of a trained and accredited guide. The outdoor fires will only be lit on green (low fire-risk) days.
Escape Routes: All the trails have alternative routes should the weather turn foul. Each escape route is as enjoyable as the primary route although possibly less challenging.
Entitled “Building paths, building people” the construction project of the Hoerikwaggo™ Trail paths and accommodation upgrades was a part of the Table Mountain National Park’s R35 million Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).
This project has enabled the Table Mountain National Park to do much-needed infrastructure maintenance and while simultaneously implementing the ethos of “benefits beyond boundaries” by employing and training over 420 unemployed people from townships around the peninsula and on the Cape Flats.
Of the 300, top-performing individuals, through hard work and dedication, will achieved independent contractor status. These contractors in turn employ their own teams of ten and contract their services into the Park. Once work for the TMNP is complete these contractors will have developed the necessary skills and experience to seek contracts with other organisations.
Through contractor training and development we aim to have developed 40 Small to Medium Enterprises (SMME’s) by the end of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).
The EPWP is not only assisting us in managing the Park for our tourists and visitors but it is helping us turn conservation efforts in to a socially relevant and empowering arena for the people of Cape Town.
The Hoerikwaggo™ Trail guides were also a part of the EPWP training initiative.
Ultimately over 80 kilometers of paths will have been built or upgraded for the Hoerikwaggo™ Trail. Under the joint management of civil engineer Mark Stone and path building expert James Nowickki the Table Mountain National Park is developing a network of durable, state of the art paths for the protection of the fynbos ecosystem as well as the comfort and safety of our visitors. The materials used are all natural and, where possible, have been sourced locally.