Hike Like a LocalJuly 11, 2019
There is something invigorating about venturing out into nature. A serene experience where footsteps are uninterrupted by the noise of a vehicle and views are unobscured by tall buildings. A feeling that is further elevated when you find yourself on one of the world’s new 7 wonders of Nature. A breathtaking, ancient mountain, said to be older than the Himalayas and estimated at around 300 million years old. Table Mountain, Cape Town’s towering backdrop, is a hikers playground and is not more than a few minutes away from most parts of the city.
There are hundreds of paths that criss-cross the mountain, some better used than others. Join African Lynx in discovering routes that only locals enjoy. Through our intimate knowledge of the mountain, one gets the sense you are alone on these slopes. Close-to, yet far removed from the city below, surrounded by the most diverse floral kingdom on the plant. Savour the peace, permeated only periodically by a passing sugarbird, seen nowhere else on Earth but here in the Cape.
Peer over the edge and take in the views, crowned by massive blue skies. The effort to get to the top made well worth it by the breathtaking vistas of the peninsula, not to mention the African Lynx padkos [snacks & drinks for the road/on the go] carefully transported to the summit for your added delight. Think back to yesteryear and imagine the first seafarers rounding these rocky shores and seeing the grandeur of Table Mountain for the first time. All the while, your knowledgeable guide providing insight into the history of this fascinating city.
Amble back through the flowering fynbos, taking in the natural beauty that abounds in our beautiful home. Time spent on the mountain could always lead to the possible sighting of some of the local wildlife. Which could include; a couple of klipspringers (small antelope adapted to living almost exclusively on rocks), the seemingly out of place Himalayan tahr (escapees from a bygone city zoo) or for the incredibly lucky the ever-elusive Caracal (African Lynx). Arrive back to your awaiting vehicle and seamlessly ease into your next exciting activity on your holiday in the Cape.