Photo of the week – January week #2: Hiking Table Mountain off-the-beaten track

If I have to choose a favourite hiking area on Table Mountain, it’s the Southern Apostles. It might not have the height of the famous tabletop summit and its adjacent peaks, but amply compensates in the way of nature, solitude and views. Stretching from the vicinity of Slangolie Buttress to Judas Peak and Llandudno Corner, it offers much for those with a sense of adventure, an inquisitive mind and a love for nature. The views are unusual and expansive, the landscape pristine and the mood restive and meditative. In many ways, it epitomizes what Table Mountain hiking is all about. One could spend days exploring the ravines, peaks, caves and rock-formations in the area without doubling back on your route. Sandwiched between a jungled valley and a rugged coastline, and with mountainscapes in all directions, Table Mountain hikes up the southern Apostles allows you to connect with nature while enjoying sensational views and impressive topography.

For a different perspective on Table Mountain, or as a second hike after you’ve explored the famous tabletop summit, Table Mountain hikes up this unfrequented bastion of the Table Mountain massif will change forever the way you look at the mountain.