Posts by Riaan

Hiking Table Mountain: Why use a guide? – 8 March 2017

Overlooking the bustling city center of Cape Town, Table Mountain must be one of the most underestimated mountains in the world. A fancy cableway to the summit contributes to many visitor’s illusion of it being tame. It’s only when you set foot on the mountain that you experience the rugged terrain and its enormity. The famous and iconic tabletop facade only takes up about 10%
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Hiking Table Mountain: optimizing the experience – 21 February 2017

Most visitors to Cape Town regard Table Mountain as the centrepiece to Peninsula attractions. It therefore makes sense to optimize your experience of this singular and iconic landmark. Hiking up gives you a real appreciation of the mountain while allowing you to connect with nature. Here are a few guidelines on how to optimize your Table Mountain hiking experience: Plan to hike the mountain early in your stay
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Table Mountain hiking routes: Llandudno Ravine – 9 February 2017

If you’ve been up with the cableway and wish to see Table Mountain from a different angle, or if you’ve hiked up to the tabletop summit and feel like doing a second route, then consider Llandudno Ravine. It leads up the bottom end of the 12 Apostles, a chain of peaks extending behind the famous tabletop summit, and offers superb views and unique angles on
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Hiking Table Mountain: choosing the best route for you – 1 February 2017

Lots of people are surprised that there are several hiking routes up Table Mountain – around 65, actually. The most famous is Platteklip Gorge, with Skeleton Gorge a close second. It’s easty to assume the most popular route to be the best, but it’s not that simple. Route choice is an important ingredient to a memorable Table Mountain hiking experience. So how to go about it?
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Table Mountain hiking routes – 18 January 2017

Browsing the Internet for Table Mountain hikes, Platteklip Gorge and Skeleton Gorge are likely to show up most prominently. And without more research, you might think those are the only routes up Table Mountain; or consider them the best routes based on their online prominence. Since route choice plays a vital part in optimizing your Table Mountain hiking experience, a brief overview of routes will help put
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Hiking Table Mountain: how to optimize the experience – 12 January 2017

Table Mountain is an iconic landmark that in many ways define Cape Town and its inhabitants, so once you’ve decided to hike up (as opposed to taking the cablway), there are a few things to consider: When to go. Weather greatly impacts on the enjoyment of hiking Table Mountain. The mountain generates a micro-climate marked by cloud and wind, both not conducive to enjoyable hiking.
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Hiking Table Mountain in the Southeaster – 6 January 2017

The Southeaster, also known as the Cape Doctor, is Cape Town’s prevailing summer wind, howling across the Peninsula from around late October to early February, often for days on end. If you’re looking to hike Table Mountain over this period, bear in mind the following: Cape Town gets very windy in summer. Don’t bemoan your luck if the wind’s blowing a gale on the day of your
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Hiking Table Mountain for the best views – 24 December 2016

While Table Montain hiking offers more than views, it’s a pretty important component to a happy hike, at least if it’s your first and only time you’ll be climbing the mountain. Different routes offer different views. It’s generally accepted among local hikers, and I agree, the Platteklip Gorge, despite its allure of being the quickest and easiest route to the summit, offers the least views. If
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Table Mountain hikes: Left Face ‘B’ – 15 December 2016

Of all the 60-odd Table Mountain hiking routes, only 5 lead up the iconic front face of the mountain. And only one of these tackles the formidable cliffs head-on without escaping into a ravine or sneaking round to the less-steep back of the mountain. Left Face ‘B’, also known as Mystery B, picks an ingenious line through a seemingly impregnable part of the mountain, involving only basic
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Hiking Table Mountain on bad weather days – 9 December 2016

Table Mountain generates its own micro-climate, and it’s worth taking note of this when planning your hike. Cape Town summers are hot and dry, exactly what you expect of Africa, but with one difference: the Southeaster, sometimes referred to as the Cape Doctor, a gale-force wind that blasts the Peninsula often for days on end. As Cape Town’s prevailing summer wind, it takes the edge of the
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