Photo of the week – September week #3: Orange Kloof

Orange Kloof is a secluded valley carpeted with indigenous forest / jungle at the back of Table Mountain. Several routes lead up to the 12 Apostles and the Back Table or lower plateau, offering some of the best hiking Table Mountain has to offer, much of it in a jungle setting and off the beaten track. Intake Ravine and Frustration Gorge both lead to the summit of the 12 Apostles, topping out at Grootkop, from where stunning views can be had from several vantage points. The most popular route, Disa Gorge, leads up a deep ravine to the historic reservoirs on the lower plateau, taking in the entrances of the Woodhead and Apostle tunnels. A worthwhile – but more challenging – variation follows the Disa Stream where the ravine is at its deepest, passing an impressive waterfall knows as Hell’s Gates. Fersn, rock pools, moss-covered boulders, vines and tall trees make up the surroundings; a pristine jungle setting that seldom sees people. Dingane’s Ridge offers a short but fun scramble out of the valley.

Orange Kloof is a restricted area and you need a permit from Table Mountain National Park to enter. For the adventurous and those seeking solitude, peace and quiet, routes like Frustration Gorge and Intake Ravine offers some of the best Table Mountain hiking.