USEFUL LINKS

Handy portals and information from and for the outdoor community. This list is continuously being updated and you can suggest links that you find you useful which will be reviewed and may be shared here.

NPO that assists SANParks with mountain bike activity management in the Table Mountain National Park to help provide the recreational users with a safe and well-managed mountain bike trail facility.

TokaiMTB

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Ryan Sandes' 55 km challenge of bagging 13 major peaks around the Cape Peninsula. A trail running challenge which can be completed over either 24 or 48 hrs or even as a multi-day adventure.

13 Peaks Challenge

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A volunteer-run Women-only open running group. For the ladies out there looking to hit the trail in Cape Town. Group runs on Thursday evenings!

Chicks Who Trail

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A volunteer-led trail running community hosting weekly trail runs in Cape Town. Alternating between town-side and Newlands Forest, they meet every Tuesday at 17h45 for 18h00 start for an hour run on the trail followed by a complementary beer (donations encouraged).

Tuesday Trails

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WSAR is a collective effort co-ordinated by the Emergency Medical Services in the Western Cape (EMS) that co-ordinates, manages and executes the search for, the medical treatment of and the rescue (or the recovery of mortal remains), of persons and/or patients whose health and/or safety is threatened or compromised in a Wilderness Environment (Mountains, Shorelines, Rivers, Kloofs, Non-mountainous wilderness areas, Caves, Deserts, Forests).

Wilderness Search and Rescue (WC)

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The leading training provider of snake awareness and venomous snake handling courses in Africa. Foremost portal of information regarding snakebites and snake identification.

African Snakebite Institute

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An international movement that aims to protect trails around the world through education and activations. Their goal is to encourage all trail users to follow the basic steps of caring for our environment while working with land owners and event organisers to ensure trails are well maintained, safe and sustainable.

Love Our Trails

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A list of nature reserves run by the City of Cape Town which aims to protect and conserve the city’s natural areas and biodiversity heritage as well as offering both recreational and educational activities.

City of Cape Town Nature Conservation

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A list of nature reserves run by the City of Cape Town which aims to protect and conserve the city’s natural areas and biodiversity heritage as well as offering both recreational and educational activities.

Hiking Organisation of South Africa

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Green Flag Accreditation acknowledges and rewards trails that demonstrate responsible and sustainable trail management practices through its unique audit procedure. This objective system assesses, monitors and accredits a trail and increases the skills of local trail custodians and managers and ensure ongoing enjoyable experiences by trail users.

Green Flag Trails

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The Mountain Club of South Africa (MCSA) was founded in 1891 in Cape Town. It is the only mountain club in Africa that is affiliated to the world mountaineering body, the UIAA. The MCSA offers annual paid members to partake in mountaineering activities - hiking, climbing, search and rescue (plus training), conservation and procurement of access for mountaineering.

Mountain Club of South Africa

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A Cape Town based hiking club with an associated volunteer Mountain Search and Rescue Unit. They also host various Whatsapp groups that can be joined by the public to track your activities in the mountains for safety and support.

The Hikers Network

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Certain activities (including dog walking and mountain biking) in TMNP require an activity permit whilst some locations (incl. Tokai, Silvermine and Cape Point) charge a daily conservation fee which is covered by a WildCard or TMNP My Green Card. All the info you need can be found on the SANParks website.

Table Mountain National Park

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A community run public platform that keeps the outdoor community informed of security concerns and updates on TM.

Table Mountain Watch

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A private, volunteer run initiative which aims to bring the cycling community together and provide information to the cycling community, assists in trail maintenance, arranges group rides and negotiates and coordinates with landowners.

Table Mountain Bikers

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