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Table Mountain up close and personal – 9 September 2020

Table Mountain ranks as one of South Africa’s top sights, and naturally you want to experience it in the best possible way. Rising sheer from the beautiful city of Cape Town, this iconic landmark thoroughly deserves its triple status as National Park, World Heritage Site and New 7 Wonder of Nature. Hiking Table Mountain optimizes your experience of the mountain in many ways. Tackling the
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Hiking Table Mountain via the 12 Apostles – 13 July 2020

A Google search for anything related to Table Mountain hiking invariably throws up results containing ’12 Apostles’. So, what exactly are the 12 Apostles and how do they fit into the Table Mountain hiking picture? The 12 Apostles is a chain of seaboard peaks extending behind the famous tabletop summit considered part of Table Mountain. Each peak or buttress in the range represents an apostle,
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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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An early start optimizes your Table Mountain hike – 29 October 2019

Summer’s around the corner, and that means hot hiking conditions that can ruin your Table Mountain hiking experience if not managed properly. With sunrise at around 5.15am in high summer, even setting out as early as 7.30am on a hot day (usually the case in December and January) results in tough and unpleasant hiking. Hyperthermia and heat exhaustion account for many Table Mountain rescues, most
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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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Cape Town hiking: drought and security concerns – 20 April 2018

Cape Town’s water crisis has received worldwide coverage, most of it sketching a bleak picture. Questions like ‘Will we be able to buy bottled water?’ from aspiring visitors is indicative of the depth of doom-and-gloom news the media has been doling out to the public. Sure, Cape Town is in the throes of a severe drought, but apart from being concious of water consumption, life
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Table Mountain hiking routes: Which is best? – 8 June 2017

About 65 hiking routes lead up Table Mountain, each unique in terms of views, difficulty, terrain, vegetation or atmosphere. Differences might be restricted to only one of the aforementioned aspects, but often include more than one, and in some cases, all. For most, views dictate route choice rather than difficulty, to their consternation. Others blindly defer to the recommendations or reviews of others. In my opinion, the
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Table Mountain hiking routes: Frustration Gorge – 4 June 2017

Frustration Gorge is a delightful route off-the-beaten track that leads up from Orange Kloof, a lush, secluded valley with restricted entrance located at the back of Table Mountain. The route follows a ravine choked with Afro-montane forest, a type of forest reminiscent of tropical jungle, and involves some B-grade scrambling with only one bit mildly exposed to heights. As far as Table Mountain hikes go, Frustration
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Hiking Table Mountain – Plan B: 16 November 2016

Summer in Cape Town sees the arrival of the Southeaster, a gale-force wind that tears across the Cape Peninsula from November to around February, often for days on end. Sometimes referred to as the ‘Cape Doctor’, the Southeaster affects Table Mountain hiking as much as your hair-do. The mountain gets the brunt of the wind, forcing the moisture-laden air to higher altitudes where it condenses
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Table Mountain hiking: connecting with nature – 20 October 2015

A common misconception about Table Mountain is its perceived lack of wildness due to the proximity of a city and a cableway to the summit. In reality, Table Mountain still contains a lot of wilderness despite the concrete jungle at its foot. The mountain is an island of nature, and the upper cable station an island of civilization within an island of nature. Much of the
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