Archives for Weather & atmospheric phenomena

Hiking Table Mountain for more than just views – 24 January 2018

It’s a fact that most people expect stunning views when hiking Table Mountain. And when the mountain is free of cloud, the views certainly do not disappoint. But on days when there’s no views due to cloud, it’s a good idea to focus on the nature and the adventure that Table Mountain offers. Table Mountain’s location next to a city belies its wildness. Many Table
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Table Mountain hiking: weather woes and vagaries – 29 August 2017

One of the most important things to bear in mind when hiking Table Mountain is that the weather might adversely effect your hike. Despite its location in sunny South Africa’s most beautiful city, Table Mountain gets its fair share of foul weather. Expecting the mountain to be cloud- and windless with balmy temperatures is setting yourself up for disappointment. Perfect weather days are not that
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Hiking Table Mountain: Why use a guide? – 8 March 2017

Overlooking the bustling city center of Cape Town, Table Mountain must be one of the most underestimated mountains in the world. A fancy cableway to the summit contributes to many visitor’s illusion of it being tame. It’s only when you set foot on the mountain that you experience the rugged terrain and its enormity. The famous and iconic tabletop facade only takes up about 10%
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Hiking Table Mountain: optimizing the experience – 21 February 2017

Most visitors to Cape Town regard Table Mountain as the centrepiece to Peninsula attractions. It therefore makes sense to optimize your experience of this singular and iconic landmark. Hiking up gives you a real appreciation of the mountain while allowing you to connect with nature. Here are a few guidelines on how to optimize your Table Mountain hiking experience: Plan to hike the mountain early in your stay
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Hiking Table Mountain: how to optimize the experience – 12 January 2017

Table Mountain is an iconic landmark that in many ways define Cape Town and its inhabitants, so once you’ve decided to hike up (as opposed to taking the cablway), there are a few things to consider: When to go. Weather greatly impacts on the enjoyment of hiking Table Mountain. The mountain generates a micro-climate marked by cloud and wind, both not conducive to enjoyable hiking.
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Hiking Table Mountain in the Southeaster – 6 January 2017

The Southeaster, also known as the Cape Doctor, is Cape Town’s prevailing summer wind, howling across the Peninsula from around late October to early February, often for days on end. If you’re looking to hike Table Mountain over this period, bear in mind the following: Cape Town gets very windy in summer. Don’t bemoan your luck if the wind’s blowing a gale on the day of your
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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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Two things you should know about hiking Table Mountain in summer – 2 November 2016

When it comes to Table Mountain hiking, ignoring these two weather-related factors is a sure way to spoil your hike. The first is the heat. Cape Town gets hot in summer, and if you’re coming from a cold climate, then the heat is going to feel even more intense. Sunrise is around 5.30am, and by as early as 7.30am the heat is uncomfortable, quite often stifling. It’s
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Hiking Table Mountain vs Lion’s Head – 11 October 2016

Lion’s Head is the prominent little peak to the right of Table Mountain as you look up from the city center. About two-thirds the height of Table Mountain, it’s not considered part of the Table Mountain range, but an isolated peak with its own ‘foothill’, Signal Hill, also known as the Lion’s Rump. Lion’s Head is the most-climbed peak in the country. Locals flock up
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Hiking Table Mountain in summer – 30 September 2016

While the weather in summer allows for some great hiking, there are two factors you need to bear in mind, and not at the back of your mind, but foremost. The first is the Southeaster and its vaporous sidekick, the Tablecloth. From around mid October through to February, a strong, at times gale-force wind tears across the Cape Peninsula, causing dense cloud to form on Table Mountain
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