Photo of the week – February week #1: Southern Apostles

Hiking Table Mountain allows you to experience raw nature. Parts of the mountain is still a wilderness, pristine and rarely if ever visited. Grootkop is such a place. As one of the most prominent Apostles, its summit offers some of the best views on Table Mountain. Few people bother with the strenuous trek required to get there, but the place amply compensates for the energy expended. Like is often the case with Table Mountain hiking, Grootkop offers far more than just views: a sensational traverse leads across its western aspect, and its numerous caves beg exploration.

Grootkop can be accessed via several routes: from the north up one of many Apostle Ravines (I suggest Oudekraal) and from the south coming up Llandudno Ravine or Myburgh’s Waterfall Ravine. More remote and adventurous options exist like Hout Bay Corner, Victoria Gully along the Llandudno Peak Traverse and from the west up the seldom-visited Bosch Kloof.

Table Mountain hikes abound for those with an appreciation for unspoiled nature, a penchant for exploration and a sense for adventure, and Grootkop with its numerous approaches won’t disappoint. You might not get to set foot on the tabletop summit of Table Mountain, but you will experience a part of the Table Mountain massif that has remained virtually unchanged since time immemorial.