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Table Mountain hikes: Blind Gully – 25 August 2020

Despite its proximity to a city, Table Mountain offers lots of opportunity for wilderness adventure. Several Table Mountain hikes provides intrepid hikers with a combination of thrill and nature. These routes are marked by scrambling, exposure to heights and rugged terrain. And they usually take you off the beaten track while traversing wild and imposing terrain. One such route is Blind Gully. Located on the
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Best viewpoints when hiking Table Mountain – 2 July 2020

The best viewpoints on Table Mountain: a weighty point of contention that unfortunately cannot be answered definitively. Short of letting myself off the hook, I will attempt to review what I consider the top contenders of this debatable issue. Before doing so, it is worth pointing out that some of the best viewpoints can be found on the way up, not from the summit. Perched
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Hiking Table Mountain via the Grotto-Fountain-Cairn Traverse – 10 June 2020

If there is one Table Mountain hiking route that demonstrates the mountain’s wildness, it is the Grotto-Fountain-Cairn Traverse. Despite the proximity of the city and the nearby presence of a cableway, the GFC Traverse leads through a veritable wilderness with jaw-dropping grandeur and pristine nature. Yet, despite its attractions, you rarely encounter hikers along the way, and not once a signpost or man-made step. The
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Table Mountain hikes: Skeleton Gorge vs 12 Apostles – 7 April 2020

I quite often get asked about the difference between Skeleton Gorge and 12 Apostles. Both are great routes that take in a lot of the mountain, but significant differences exist. Before we take a closer look, let’s first determine if either of these routes are suitable for you. But before we do that, let’s get clarity on nomenclature. Strictly speaking, Skeleton Gorge is a ravine
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Table Mountain hiking: Which route is best for me? – 9 February 2020

Route selection can make or break your Table Mountain hiking experience. There’s no shortage of routes to choose from, and equally no shortage of online blogs and articles asserting the best route, so choosing the most suitable route can seem bewildering. To help you with route selection, I’ve compiled a quick-reference to routes that detail preferences and minimum requirements needed for an optimal experience. Platteklip
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Table Mountain hiking routes: Kasteels B – 13 December 2019

If there’s one thing about hiking Table Mountain that I enjoy more than any other, it’s the diversity. And not just in terms of views or vegetation, but also challenge and mood. Table Mountain routes are very much like people in that they have unique personalities, each with their own idiosyncrasies. No two are alike, even if they happen to be neighbouring routes. Having done
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Winter Hiking on Table Mountain – 26 September 2019

After the long dry summers, Cape Town is steadily hit by cold front after cold front. The temperatures drop and the rain starts falling. For most people this is not ideal hiking weather. However, there are a variety of advantages of hiking during winter. The rainfall provides us with spectacular waterfalls all around the mountain. We have about twenty-five natural streams and four underground rivers
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Hiking Down Table Mountain – 19 August 2019

Often hiking down is the most underestimated activity on Table Mountain. Although easier cardio – wise, it’s more strenuous than people imagine. We hike down when the wind closes the cable car or when the cable car is closed for annual maintenance. Our famed route down is Platteklip Gorge. This is the easiest and quickest of the Table Mountain hikes. Platteklip Gorge route comprises of
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India Venster vs. 12 Apostles – 18 July 2019

Apart from a few occurrences where people have thought that their guide was India Vesta or that the 12 Apsotles were the guiding team. India Venster and 12 Apostles are two of the most popular half day routes up Table Mountain. With all confusion aside both routes offer spectacular views on the ascent. However, it depends on what type of view you prefer. India Venster
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What is bad weather on Table Mountain? – 22 June 2019

There is the age old saying: “There is no bad weather, only bad gear.” Well I wonder if any of those people were turned into a human kite by a howling South Easter wind. During the winter months (June to August) hiking Table Mountain is interrupted by bouts of rain. This can cause countless streams to gush down the slopes of our iconic mountain. The
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