Why hiking Table Mountain with a guide optimizes the experience – 1 August 2017

It’s easy to underestimate Table Mountain. Rising sheer from a city, and with a cableway to the summit, many regard it as tame. Accessibility adds to the illusion: it’s a mere 10-minute drive from the bustling city center to the foot of the mountain and many of the trail heads. No wonder so many people fall victim to it. The terrain is unforgiving and the weather capricious. Also, the mountain is a lot bigger than it appears from below. The deceptive topography combined with changeable weather conditions commands respect. It’s very easy to get lost, especially when cloud engulfs the mountain. It’s very easy to blindly follow a trail that turns out to be above your abilities. Many Table Mountain hikes involve scrambling and exposure to heights, so if you’re not comfortable with heights and / or compentent at scrambling, you’re putting yourself at risk. In light of all this, the first and foremost reason for making use of a competent Table Mountain guide is safety. Having a guide allows you to relax and enjoy the route without doubting your abilities, or wondering if you’re in fact on the right trail, or worrying about the weather.

Table Mountain is a hiker’s paradise. It offers diverse terrain, flora, topography and views. Each side of the mountain has its own character, its own mood. Routes differ greatly, involving different types and levels of challenge, and offering different views and landscape. Different strokes for different folks – and so different routes for different folks. Making use of a guide cuts through the bewildering clutter about Table Mountain hiking routes avaialble on the Internet and ensures that you do the best route suited to your preferences and abilities. This greatly optimizes your experience of the mountain.

Hiking Table Mountain is not just about getting to the summit. Quite the contrary. The fun, memories and experience, sometimes even personal growth, are found in the journey. Many superb viewpoints, unique rock-formations, caves, etc. are located off the trail, and requires a short detour. With a knowledgeable and competent guide, you can rest assured that you won’t miss out on any views or sights, rare plants, interesting features or hidden gems. These asides enhances the hike and gives you a fuller experience of the mountain.

Hiking Table Mountain in the company of a guide also provides you with the opportunity to learn about the mountain’s fascinating history, geology, fauna and flora. Interesting facts and figures about the environment through which you hike make it come alive, adds color and insight while leaving you with more vivid impressions and memories.

Since Table Mountain is such an iconic landmark, it makes sense to get the most out of hiking it. From getting up close and personal with nature to exploring off-the-beaten track to adventure routes packed with adrenalin, hiking Table Mountain offers it all. There is far more to Table Mountain hikes than upward steps.

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