Photo of the month – September 2015: Hiking Table Mountain via Woody Ravine

Hiking Table Mountain via Woody Ravine.

Atmospheric conditions near the top of the ravine.

Table Mountain hikes offer a wide variety of views, terrain, topography, flora and adventure levels. The Twelve Apostles – a chain of peaks and buttresses extending behind the famous tabletop summit of Table Mountain – contain many routes, some leading up the craggy slopes of buttresses, others winding up the ravines. One ravine offers vegetation not typically found on the westward-facing slopes of Table Mountain: indigenous forest, reminiscent of a tropical jungle. Aptly named Woody Ravine, Afro-montane forest occur along its lower sections before falling away to riverine thicket further up and eventually indigenous shrub nearer the top.

Hiking Table Mountain allows you to get off-the-beaten track, away from the madding crowd, and Woody Ravine does exactly that. Although it scores low on the adventure scale, the route amply compensates in the form of dramatic topography, varied vegetation, superb sea views and lots of solitude. Topping out, you have options to explore one of several viewpoints, peaks and rock-formations found on this part of the mountain.

Table Mountain hiking covers diverse landscapes and views while presenting all levels of challenge. If you’re looking to experience pristine nature, exciting mountainscapes and the full spectrum of Table Mountain vegetation, all suffused with peace and quiet, then Woody Ravine will not disappoint.

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