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

Why are there five dams on top of Table Mountain?
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The idea of a dam on top of a mountain seems to defy logic, doesn’t it? Well, one only has to explore the upper reaches of Table Mountain to discover that it’s entirely possible. Our Mother City’s magnificent mount has five dams dotted across its tabletop, the first of which was built way back in 1890.   This is how … Read More

Carrel’s Ledge: Table Mountain’s most adventurous traverse!
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On considering whether to attempt Table Mountain’s notorious Carrel’s Ledge, a quick Google search revealed a collection of blogs that described the traverse as awesome, breathtaking, extremely exposed, challenging, crazy, terrifying and exhilarating. Naturally, it had to be done. We chose a hot, December day for our mission, prompting us to delay our ascent until the early afternoon. Ascending via … Read More

Bontebok National Park
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Lying just off the N2 highway on the outskirts of Swellendam, the scenically beautiful Bontebok National Park comprises of open landscapes of pristine fynbos that are ringed by the distant Langeberg Mountains and the tranquilly flowing Breede River. Bontebok National Park may be the smallest national park in South Africa, but it plays an important role in the conservation of … Read More

La Motte Hiking Trail
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Where better to start a hike than on a beautiful wine estate, that is not only producing top quality wines, but is also committed to conservation excellence. As an estate, La Motte is committed to the highest conservation and biodiversity standards, and their hiking trail is a wonderful showcase of some of the extraordinary work that they are doing. Wandering … Read More

Olifantsbos: Cape Point’s best-kept secret
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If you’ve been into the Cape Point reserve before, you may have noticed an enticing right turn a little way down the hill before you reach the point. Take it. This is the way to Olifantsbos, one of Cape Point’s best-kept secrets. At the end of the road, you’ll find a beautiful, windswept beach lined with pristine fynbos and dotted … Read More

The Cape of Good Hope Trail: A night at the end of the world
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It’s a magical feeling to sit on the verandah of your hiker’s hut at sunset – a view that stretches for miles – watching the stream of day visitors weaving their way out of the park and knowing that you are staying firmly put; only miles of fynbos around you, your braai fire flickering and the sound of baboons bellowing … Read More

Chapman’s Peak
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Still one of my all-time favourites, this quick run/hike gets the blood pumping in minutes with a steep ascent to the top, where you are rewarded with some of the most spectacular 360 degree views in the country. You can either start at the toll booth on Chapman’s Peak Drive or, as we did, you can start on the Noordhoek … Read More

Newlands Ravine – from Kirstenbosch via Newlands Forest
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My husband and I have never been routine people, we like to get out and explore different places (preferably mountains) every weekend – we love trying new things, experiencing new places and meeting exciting new people. But, to be honest, recently we have found ourselves getting into a rather gorgeous Sunday morning routine, which, if we don’t shake soon, could … Read More

Hike.Run.Explore
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There isn’t a week that goes by that I don’t hit Table Mountain’s trails, be it to run, to hike or to take our fynbos loving dogs for a “sniff-fest”. For too long I took our beautiful mountain and my proximity to her for granted. She was there if and when I wanted to enjoy her, but I never really … Read More