CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
March could be seen as the toughest month on the mountain in terms of weather conditions: hot, dry and as a result the least colourful. By no means does this imply that it is not a beautiful time, provided you’re hiking the right areas.
A early morning start at Cape of Good Hope for a 5-day trek with Table Mountain Treks and Tours saw me passing by Smitswinkel Bay at sunrise, getting first light ove the bay. Absolutely calm and gorgeous morning down south.
Tea time up on TM ☕️ What a crazy day up on TM…gale force winds pumping across the mountain💨💨💨 icy (*read 'cold') at times ☁️⛄️and then the sun beating down harshly ☀️ ….but this morning I aimed for a protected shelter high above Bakoven….where it was calm, so I relaxed in refuge for an hour, watching the cloud fly by while sipping my cup of rooibos tea ☕️👌 I did not want to leave! 😊 #theTableMountainLife #LoveCapeTown / #wowSouthAfrica / #Hike #GearUpGetOut / #CapeUnionMart / #GoPro / #Wohza / #Joby
Heading up Table Mountain in a gale force southeasterly wind is challenging, and on this particular March morning I was ascending Woody Ravine, battling to stand my ground. The cloud lifted as I progressed, but the wind was icy cold and extremely strong which saw me head off onto Spring Buttress to find an old favourite of a rock shelter – ideal for protection from and southern or easterly wind. I spent quite some time enjoying early morning tea, great views and snapping a few shots!
Sunset hikes are always on the agenda and this time I headed up Elsie’s Peak to get a fresh perspective. Value for effort is the name of the egame on this mountain.
Watching the rain crawl across the sky just prior to sunset from up on TM last night! 🌪 What a sight. What a night. Especially so from on top of Table Mountain. The lightning show, warm & calm conditions and sporadic rumbles of thunder were enjoyed well into the night, from the comfort of our patio 😁 Definitely one for the books 🙌 Good to have had @se7en_hoods up on TM for a @sanparks mountain experience 👌 *Respect the Mountain, sleep legally. End of story. @sanparks #Sunset / #Thunder / #Lightning / #Clouds #LoveCapeTown / #wowSouthAfrica #MyCanonWorld / #TMNP
In late March I guided Se7en Hoods on a 2-day People’s Trail on Table Mountain. We had two of the hottest summer days to deal with, and a thunderstorm overnight to sit through! The incredible sunset and lightning display from the Back Table was something you don’t get to enjoy too often in a lifetime!
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