Guide could face ban after Table Mountain hiking incident

A group of hikers were rescued after being stuck in the Blinkwater Ravine for over six hours.

FILE: Officials are probing the incident after a group of hikers were stuck in the Blinkwater Ravine for over six hours. Picture: Abed Ahmed/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - South African National Parks (SANParks) says a local tour guide could face a lifetime ban from its parks after five hikers were trapped on Table Mountain.

Officials are investigating the incident after a group of hikers were stuck in the Blinkwater Ravine for nearly six hours following a rock fall on Sunday.

The hiking route has been closed for more than 20 years.

An air force helicopter eventually had to be brought in help rescue several injured hikers.

SANParks' Merle Collins says, "We'll have to look into this matter because Blinkwater Ravine has been closed since 1980s because of the dangers associated with footpath. It's very unstable, it's very steep, very slippery and we've signage boards up at the start of the ravine."

Wilderness Search and Rescue's Johan Marais said all the injured hikers are in a stable condition.

"One of the persons is seriously injured, although not life threatening. Two of the injured people were able to walk down under supervision and the assistance of some of our rescuers."