Monthly Archives May 2015

Hiking Table Mountain: with or without a guide? – 25 May 2015

“Do I really need a guide to hike up Table Mountain.” The short answer is No. The long answer: No, but making use of a guide maximizes the experience and minimizes the risk. Minimizes the risk – what risk? The risk of getting lost, of falling victim to the changeable weather and unforgiving terrain. Despite its location next to a city and the existence of a cableway
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Hiking Table Mountain in winter – 18 May 2015

With the Cape winter fast approaching, a few facts about Table Mountain hiking bear reminding. About 70% of Cape Town’s rainfall occurs in winter – June to August – so be sure to pack a good-quality rain-jacket along with a fleece / soft-shell. Gloves and beanie come in handy, too. The mountain attracts more cloud, gets more rain, experiences more wind and colder temperatures (at height, due
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Table Mountain hiking environments – 11 May 2015

For a mountain that would rise to the rank of a mere foothill in most mountain ranges, Table Mountain includes an uncanny variety of settings, of environments, and moods. Four distinct sides featuring jungle, cityscape and ocean; around 38 hiking routes with countless variations; ever-changing weather, often serving up four seasons in a day; striking and diverse topography. All these elements create endless permutations of hiking conditions
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Table Mountain hikes off-the-beaten track – 4 May 2015

What amazes me most about Table Mountain is how much wilderness it retains despite the proximity of a city. One can be forgiven for thinking Table Mountain tame and trodden, stripped of wilderness and grandeur. Taking the cable car to the summit only supports this notion. Only by hiking Table Mountain do you begin to see, and experience, its true nature. Beyond the cableway precinct can
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