Cape Town is not like most cities. For one, she is relatively small with the mountain and the sea conveniently limiting too much over-expansion. This, in turn, helps to keep most of the CBD reachable by foot and gives its population a good reason to do some good old fashioned walking between appointments. Another major plus point of the city is that it’s shockingly close to a rather amazing nature reserve. So close, in fact, that many Cape Tonians don’t really bother to visit these wonderful sights anymore. One quite good reason for this crucial neglect of fresh air inhalation could quite possibly be the steep prices of entering the Table Mountain Nature Reserve. One can’t even sunbath with penguins on Boulder’s beach without paying.
But now, Cape Town residents’ excuse to not visit this incredible piece of nature is a thing of the past. Since July this year, the old My Green Card has been relaunched. This card is exclusively available to locals, costs only R80 and gives the holder 12 entries at any Table Mountain National Park pay-point. These points include Cape of Good Hope (Cape Point), Boulders Penguin Colony, Oudekraal, Silvermine and the braai/picnic areas at Tokai, Newlands and Perdekloof. What is more, the bulk of this price goes to conservation efforts inside the park. So you can be assured that the small amount you’re paying really goes to good use.
My Green Card holders can also bring guests. For every My Green Card, 3 adults and 2 children can enter together with the card holder, as long as they bring their ID’s. Naturally, each visitor counts as one of the 12 visits on the card. Where can you get it? Here:
- Shop A1, Westlake Square, Cnr Westlake Drive & Steenberg Road, Westlake. Mondays to Fridays from 8am to 3pm
- Boulders Visitor Centre, 1 Kleintuin Road, Seaforth, Simonstown. Mondays to Sundays from 8am to 4pm
- Buffelsfontein Visitor Centre, the visitor centre on the left driving into the Cape of Good Hope section of TMNP. Mondays to Sundays from 8am to 4pm
- Tokai Forest TMNP Office, Tokai Road, Tokai. Mondays to Fridays 8am to 4pm. Closed between 1pm and 2pm
What do you need? Proof of residence, your South African ID and 2 ID photographs. This venture is truly worth the trouble and will hopefully get you walking in between something other than the endless rows of buildings. And act fast because on 1 November prices increase to R85.