Monthly Archives November 2013

Top 10 Table Mountain hiking location #4: Blinkwater Needle – 28 November 2013

One of the delights of hiking Table Mountain is gaining the summit of a pinnacle or rock tower – also known as a needle. Blinkwater Needle is a conspicuous pinnacle about two-thirds up the north side of the first (most northern) of the 12 Apostles. Several needles can be found on Table Mountain, all offering unique locations, but Blinkwater Needle in my opinion ranks as
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Photo of the week – November week #4: Hiking Table Mountain from the east

Hiking Table Mountain from the east – the side of the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens – differs greatly from hiking up from the north and west: different views, mood and vegetation. A unique feature is the indigenous Afro-montane forests carpeting the lower slopes and extending up the ravines. Not to be mistaken with boreal forests, these look more like tropical jungle, reminiscent of the Amazon jungle.
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Top 10 Table Mountain hiking location #3: Silverstream Peak – 24 November 2013

Silverstream Peak is easily located as a hump on the left side of Table Mountain’s summit plateau when viewed from the front / city. Few people venture out to it and that’s part of it’s appeal: you share the superb views only with the wind-sculpted rocks and a weather-beaten trig beacon – no people. Hiking up Table Mountain offers many rewards, one of them being
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Photo of the week – November week #3: Table Mountain rocks

It’s a sad notion among many hikers that Table Mountain hiking revolves around views. And when cloud covers the mountain and there’s no views, then adventure depression sets in – a kind of depression that besets the hiker or traveler when expectations of a place or activity are not met. Hiking Table Mountain is a multi-faceted experience and views a mere ingredient to the mix.
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Top 10 Table Mountain hiking location #2: The Pulpit – 13 November 2013

From last week’s Top 10 Table Mountain hiking location on the southwestern tip of the mountain, we move across to the northern half of the east side. Lush and green, and dissected by forested ravines, the eastern slopes of the mountain rises sheer from the southern suburbs – a delightful and bewitching sight to the mountaineer and nature lover. Set amid the verdure and geological
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Photo of the week – November week #2: Table Mountain solitudes

The dictionary defines a solitude as a lonely and unfrequented place, and Table Mountain abounds with them. Just yesterday did I have the privilege of passing through two: Valley of the Red Gods and Valley of Isolation, both on the Twelve Apostles. Neither offers much in the way of views, but that only serves to amplify their charm. Table Mountain hiking offers far more than
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Hiking Table Mountain: rated as one of the top 5 adventure activities in South Africa

Luxury travel experts, Destinology, have rated a hike up Table Mountain as one of the top 5 adventure activities in South Africa. Check out the link to their blog below to read about it and see what other adventures await you on your travels to South Africa… http://www.destinology.com/en/gb/blog/post/2013/10/31/Top-5-Adventure-Activities-in-South-Africa.aspx
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Top 10 Table Mountain hiking locations – 5 November 2013

In choosing what I consider the top 10 locations on Table Mountain, I have taken into account the following 3 aspects: 1. Views: what can be seen at a distance 2. Setting: what can be seen in the immediate surroundings 3. Nature: how much peace, quiet, solitude and pristine nature the place offers First up in this week’s blog is Llandudno Peak, located on the
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Photo of the week – November week #1: Silverstream Peak

Table Mountain’s tabletop summit measures about 2.6 km in length and 800 meters across at its widest point, tapering down to around 100 meters at the upper cable station. It gets more than a million visitors a year, most of them with the cable car, yet there are places on this little plateau where you can experience perfect solitude for extended periods of time. Hiking
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