Photo of the week – February week #1: hiking Table Mountain off the beaten track

The Ferny Dell

If you’re looking for wilderness, solitude and adventure, then I suggest hiking Table Mountain up the Hiddingh-Ascension route via the Ferny Dell variation. In my humble opinion, this is the most challenging hiking route on Table Mountain and will change the way you look at the mountain forever. But it’s not for the unfit or fainthearted: difficult terrain combined with maximum elevation gain on Table Mountain, complex route-finding and exposure to heights combine to make this route a tough undertaking. But the rewards amply compensate for the effort and determination required to complete the route. It leads up an imposing and remote part of Table Mountain, topping out at the highest point, and taking in all the floral zones. ┬áThis is the wild side of Table Mountain, where you get up close and personal with nature and the rugged topography of the mountain.