Table Mountain's most common mammal

  Mammals used to be a common sight on Table Mountain back in the day, but man’s encroachment reduced them in numbers and species. Except for one: the ubiquitous Rock
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Table Mountain’s most common mammal

  Mammals used to be a common sight on Table Mountain back in the day, but man’s encroachment reduced them in numbers and species. Except for one: the ubiquitous Rock
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Rock of ages

Mountains are often thought of as timeless; unchanged by the passage of time, impervious to the ravages of the elements. But the reality is they age as much as we
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So what's the hardest hiking route on Table Mountain?

A contentious question. In my humble opinion, and drawing on the experience and knowledge I have gained ascending all the routes on Table Mountain many times over, I have the
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So what’s the hardest hiking route on Table Mountain?

A contentious question. In my humble opinion, and drawing on the experience and knowledge I have gained ascending all the routes on Table Mountain many times over, I have the
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Table Mountain: New Wonder of Nature

Table Mountain has been elected as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature in the first tally of global votes (along with the Amazon jungle, Halong Bay in Vietnam, Iguaçu
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Singular sightings on Sugarloaf

One hardly expects to come across animals on the well-trodden slopes of Sugarloaf (Lion’s Head circa early 1600s). Scarab beetles, girdled lizards and red-winged starlings are the usual suspects, with a rock
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Snakes and Ladders

No, not the board game – real snakes and ladders. I came across a Berg Adder the other day meters after negotiating one of the steel ladders on Table Mountain,
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The first European to climb Table Mountain

At first thought I wanted to head this blog with ‘The first man to hike Table Mountain’, but that distinction belongs to a traceless individual whose name we shall never
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The Twelve Apostles

When viewed from above, the Table Mountain massif resembles a molar (tooth) in shape, the flat-topped summit – also referred to as the Table – forming the crown and the
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