Photo of the week – September week #3: Myburgh's Corner

View southwest across Hout Bay valley.

View southwest across Hout Bay valley.

 

No two Table Mountain hikes are the same. Differences occur in terrain, topography, flora, views and mood. Myburgh’s Corner leads up the southernmost end of the Table Mountain massif. Flanked by Hout Bay valley to the south and Orange Kloof (a pristine, forested valley) to the north, it offers superb views an unusual angles onto the surroundings. It’s an obscure route, rarely done, so don’t expect more than the faintest of trails and an occasional cairn. As far as Table Mountain hiking goes, it’s a challenging route by virtue of the rugged terrain and tricky scrambling. If you’re in good shape and you have a solid sense of adventure as well as an inquisitive nature, then the route will delight you. The summit section contains weirdly-sculpted rock-formations that enhances the wild setting. Keep your eyes peeled for a pair of klipspringers – indigenous antelope – that inhabit the area. Hiking up this corner of Table Mountain offers unique views not seen along the usual routes. Its location on a significant corner in the mountain’s shape ensures expansive views. As a Table Mountain hike, it offers a challenging outing to the experienced and adventurous hiker. From the top of the route, pleasant boulder-hopping leads across to Judas Peak, from where you latch onto the main Apostle path for an easy descent down Llandudno Ravine.

Regardless of your fitness level and sense of adventure, abilities and experience, Table Mountain hiking has something to offer. Route-selection is a vital component in the eventual enjoyment of a hike. To remove the guesswork, make us of an experienced Table Mountain guide who can make route suggestions based on your fitness, experience and preferences. While few people would enjoy Myburgh’s Corner, it add even more variety to Table Mountain hikes, providing an enjoyable ascent on an unfrequented part of the mountain for the Indiana Jones types out there.

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