Archives for Table Mountain hiking

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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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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