Authorities continue to suppress reporting of crime in TMNP?

In the last week alone I have heard of two attempted muggings in Table Mountain National Park: a mountain biker in Tokai, and a trail runner along the Pipe-Track. As the year ends and tourist season reaches it’s peak, the additional (and mostly less wary) tourists offer rich pickings for the criminal element.

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Sporting events in National Parks

The Otter African Trail Run takes place annually in the Tsitsikamma Section of the SANParks run Garden Route National Park. Before entering the 2010 event, I had an enlightening chat with Galeo Saintz (Rim of Africa) about his concerns over the use of the Otter Trail for such an event. This caused me to be curious as to a number of aspects of the event, and I am satisfied that the information at hand leads me to believe that the organisers, Magnetic South, have worked together with SANParks to ensure that the event benefits the Trail, and does not create more of an impact on the area than the existing trail already does.

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Inaugural Meeting: Table Mountain MTB Forum

I have from time-to-time seen MTB tyre-tracks on Table Mountain in places where I am pretty certain no cycling is allowed. I don’t think we can deny that mountain biking causes considerable damage to trails, and I think it’s important that this is controlled. Even areas set aside for bikes, such as Tokai, need to be carefully monitored to ensure that erosion does not become too severe.

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Waterfall Trail

The Waterfall Trail is an undemanding hike which follows the first 2,65 km of the Otter Trail. The only time I had actually seen the waterfall was during the Otter African Trail Run 2011 — in the 2010 race I was so focussed on my footing that I missed seeing it completely! It was great to take a slow walk along this beautiful, wild stretch of coast.

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Storm’s River Mouth Trail

After completing the Otter African Trail Run 2011, we went and spent some time exploring at the Storms River Rest Camp in the Tsitsikamma Section of the Garden Route National Park. This is a walk I have done many times in the past during family holidays on the Garden Route.

This is the awesome walk from the camp to the suspension bridge at Storm’s River mouth. We had plenty of time, and I was in no state to rush, so for a change I took things real slow, and Zoë helped me appreciate the small details that I normally miss…

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