Archives for Table Mountain hiking

Kasteelspoort: All you need to know – 21 May 2021

Kasteelspoort is a hiking route up Table Mountain, of late popularized by a dramatic and photogenic viewpoint known as the Diving Board. Here’s what you need to know about this classic Table Mountain route. Kasteelspoort means Castle’s Portal in Afrikaans (originally Dutch). The route leads up the Twelve Apostles, a chain of seaboard peaks extending behind the famous tabular summit of Table Mountain. Once known
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Table Mountain routes made easy – 10 May 2021

Having a hard time deciding which Table Mountain route is best for you? Given the glut of information, opinions and reviews online, it’s become a daunting task for travelers to decide on a route. Pundits abound, opinions are a dime a dozen and there’s no shortage of route options. This article aims to help you navigate your way through the bewildering amount of clutter by
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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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Platteklip Gorge: What you need to know – 11 August 2020

No Table Mountain hiking route receives more popularity and discussion than Platteklip Gorge. The resulting glut of information – and misinformation – available online can be bewildering. This article aims to cut through the clutter and provide insights and essential facts about Platteklip Gorge to guide you in selecting the right route. Route-selection is a vital consideration in ensuring an enjoyable Table Mountain hike. The
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Table Mountain hikes: diverse landscape – 29 July 2020

We all love a great view, and while there is no shortage of views when hiking Table Mountain, the landscape contributes to the experience. Table Mountain covers an area of about 58 square kilometers (about 22 square miles), allowing the formation of micro-climates. This in turn give rise to micro-habitats. Combined with the dissected topography, the landscape rivals the views in terms of diversity and
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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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The different faces of hiking Table Mountain – 26 May 2020

If there is one thing about Table Mountain hiking that never ceases to amaze me, it must be the diversity. Unlike the average mountain, Table Mountain, as the name suggests, does not rise to a pointed peak. Rather, it is a rambling plateau that covers an area of about 58 square kilometers. This gives rise to micro-climates: different sides of the mountain get different rainfall
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Table Mountain hiking: Why use a guide? – 10 May 2020

It’s tempting to think of Table Mountain as less of a mountain due to its proximity to a city and the presence of a cableway. Nothing could be further from the truth. Even locals sometimes fall prey to the delusion that the mountain is tame. Unforgiving terrain, tricky route-finding, changeable and harsh weather, the height and size of the mountain: any one of these, and
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Hiking Table Mountain for adventure – 26 April 2020

People’s reasons for hiking Table Mountain are many and diverse, from photographing a rare orchid to detoxing from the previous night’s binging. I once hiked with a guy, totally out of shape, who did it to win a bet with his wife. Other than exercise and views, flora and fauna, peace and quiet, an exciting objective to hiking Table Mountain is adventure. There is no
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