The Jonkershoek Panorama Trail: Stellenbosch’s emerald gem
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An icy gust of wind flapped open the neck of my jacket. First thought: why hadn’t I brought the one with the hood? Second: had I died and gone to heaven? The view below us was extraordinary. In one direction, we looked up towards Mordor – rugged mountain peaks stretching up into the sky, yellow-grey shards of sunlight streaking to … Read More

The majestic Clanwilliam cedar tree: Why we owe it a second chance
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Not so long ago, I had the privilege of sitting in the dappled shade of a magnificent Clanwilliam cedar tree. The 12 o’clock sun was baking, and we were scrambling uphill, rock-hopping, missioning, endlessly, until among the stark, Cederberg sandstone came a brief moment of respite: a cool, flat rock under a mushrooming green canopy. Not many people know that … Read More

Nature as the antidote to modern life: Why it’s so good for us
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“Imagine a therapy that had no known side-effects, was readily available, and could improve your cognitive functioning at zero cost? It exists, and it’s called ‘interacting with nature.’” These words come from a study run by Rachel and Stephen Kaplan, US professors of environmental psychology, known for their research into the effects of nature on people’s health. With a keen … Read More

Sleeping under a rock rainbow: A night at the Wolfberg Arch
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  Pitching a small hiking tent beneath the Cederberg’s gargantuan star-speckled sky is something special; falling asleep with the silhouette of a giant rock arch towering above your head is just plain extraordinary. And then, of course, there’s waking up. A slither of sunlight crept across my face, forcing my eyes to open and my cheeks to feel the icy … Read More

Looking for some peace and quiet? Look for Tranquility Cracks
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Table Mountain’s ‘tabletop’ isn’t as flat as it looks. Many of us have learnt the hard way that walking on the mountain involves a surprising amount of undulation over buttresses, through ravines and over many a rocky mound. But that’s not all, once you’re up there and you think you know all there is to know about the topography, there’s … Read More

Behind the cliff face: Table Mountain’s Right Face – Arrow Face Traverse
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If you look at Table Mountain’s front face, you would never, for a second, imagine that behind the sheer, craggy cliffs there would exist a 3-dimensional world of cracks and crevasses, big enough for a human… well, only just. We tackled Right Face – Arrow Face Traverse as part of our mission to explore as many of Table Mountain’s traverses … Read More

A Table Mountain Glossary: Mysteries behind the mountain’s many names
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We spend our lives gallivanting up and down the mountain, crossing off poorts, pathways and landmarks as we go, often with no idea of how these sights came to be named. There are a wealth of fascinating theories out there, a few of which should be taken with a rather generous pinch of salt, and others that play a very … Read More

The magical Table Mountain Cableway sunset
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As the end of summer creeps up on us, we start to get that (slightly frantic) urge to make every daylight hour count. For me, the epitome of this was a trip up our very own New Seven Wonders of Nature as a casual evening jaunt after my workday. It’s a crazy city we live in… Table Mountain Cableway’s summer … Read More

The secret garden: 6 special spots in Kirstenbosch
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Kirstenbosch is no secret, that’s for sure. It’s considered one of the great botanical gardens of the world and without a doubt one of the Mother City’s most popular tourist attractions. Despite the status and grandeur it’s built up over the years, if you spend some time exploring its deeper nooks and crannies, you’ll find a secret garden: a warren … Read More

We’ve found Wally’s Cave. But who was Wally?
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That unmistakable picture postcard view of Table Mountain framed by the craggy, silhouetted edges of Wally’s Cave has manifested itself across Cape Town’s blogs and newsfeeds in recent years, most often followed by a barrage of comments such as ‘Is this the mysterious Wally’s Cave?’ and ‘How does one find this place?’ Well, we found it one evening not so … Read More

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