Archives for Table Mountain hiking

Table Mountain hikes: Waterfalls – 15 May 2019

Cape Town is rainiest June to August, and Table Mountain gets a thorough drenching. While Cape Town winters are pretty wet, there is always sunny breaks in between the rain and cloud that makes for the best hiking weather. The mountain comes alive with burble and splatter of streams and cascades; and in a few places, the thunder of waterfalls greets your ears as you
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Hiking Table Mountain: What is the best route? – 15 April 2019

Everyone wants to hike the best route, but what makes a route the “best”? For one person it’s the best views, for another the most adventure, or the most peace and quiet and pristine nature; or, if you’re terrified of heights, it’s the route with the least amount of exposure to heights. Nominating a “best” Table Mountain hiking route is as impossible as nominating the
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Table Mountain hiking: who or what are the 12 Apostles? – 15 March 2019

Even the most casual research into Table Mountain hiking will yield references to the 12 Apostles, often leading to rich speculation on what they might be or represent. While most people are familiar with their Biblical association, few manage to uncover their connection to Table Mountain. The 12 Apostles are a chain of peaks extending behind the famous tabletop summit of Table Mountain. There are
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The difference between hiking Table Mountain and Lion’s Head – 21 February 2019

There’s a lot of online and social media buzz around hiking Lion’s Head, and the information overload can be bewildering if you’re a first-time visitor to Cape Town. You’re thinking of doing a hike in the course of your visit, but can’t decide between hiking Table Mountain or joining the locals for a Lion’s Head sunrise or sunset. Below follow a few tips that will
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Cape Town hiking in a nutshell: What you need to know – 16 December 2018

If not at the top, hiking should feature very high up on your list of things to do in Cape Town. There’s enough hiking on the Cape Peninsula to keep even the most ardent hiker busy for several lifetimes. If you enjoy the great outdoors, love being active in nature or if you’re looking to avoid the tourist trail, then you’re in for a treat. Hemmed in by
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How we optimize your Table Mountain hiking experience – 30 October 2018

Contrary to popular belief, the benefits of a mountain guide far exceed mere route-finding. He or she should know about secret places on the mountain: impressive and unique rock-formations; caves and rock-labyrinths; short detours to unvisited, sensational viewpoints; off-the-beaten track routes and variations; improvised variations or shelter in the event of sudden bad weather; seasonal delights such as rock pools, waterfalls, displays of rare flowers; singular
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Views are not a given: Hiking Table Mountain in the cloud – 26 August 2018

Table Mountain gets a lot of cloud. Mountains generate cloud, and Cape Town’s iconic landmark is no exception. A lot of people visit Cape Town in the warmer months (October to April) expecting the mountain to be cloud-free everyday, all day. The reality is, a fair amount of people leave Cape Town after to 3-day stay without having seen Table Mountain. It follows that the
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Hike Table Mountain for an Unforgettable Experience – 29 March 2018

Why hike Table Mountain? Table Mountain arguably ranks as the most-climbed mountain in the world. Located next to a bustling city makes it about as accessible as your local pub. The fancy cableway obviates the dreaded hike-down. Small surprise then that thousands take up the challenge and leg it to the summit. But easy access and easy descent aside, there are many compelling reasons to hike Table Mountain, and
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Hiking Table Mountain: what to expect – 12 March 2018

A bewildering amount of information on Table Mountain hiking is available on the Internet. Tips, suggestions, advice, recommendations, warnings and all manner of articles. It’s hard to cut through the clutter and decide on the best route and, if you’ve made the wise decision to use a guide, which guiding company to use. Everyone who’s  hiked Table Mountain at least once has something to say about what you should and
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Hiking Table Mountain via India Venster – 10 February 2018

India Venster is arguably the best half-day route to the famous tabletop summit of Table Mountain. But it’s not for everyone. Here’s a synopsis of what you need to know about the route and pertinent considerations: Don’t accept advice on the route from anyone but a qualified, competent and experienced mountain-guide thoroughly versed with the route. Taxi-drivers, concierges, local hikers, colleagues, etc. are likely to give
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