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CAPE TOWN, DAY 2

It goes without saying but I’ll say it anyway, “if you are visiting Cape Town you must hike Table Mountain!” I used a company appropriately called Hike Table Mountain and they were super.

THE HIKE ISN’T DIFFICULT AND SUITABLE FOR ALL RANGES

Its not completely necessary to join a tour but as there are a number of routes to take I wanted to be sure I was taking the one most suited for enjoying the views. One comment would be the lack of time at some great photo opportunities.

Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa. Hiking Table Mountain

INDIA VENSTER

Our hike was the India Venster which is known to be favoured among the locals who run it, some of which passed us twice on the way up! Having a mountain and views like this on your doorstep is just insane! The route provides the best views of the city and the front as well as Camps Bay to the back.

WHAT TO BRING….

  • What to Bring
  • Water
  • Warm clothes outside of the summer months
  • Sunscreen
  • Snacks
  • Camera for those insane photos

THE BEST TRAIL

A few of the people on the hike had said they done the gorge trail as it’s the easiest if you don’t have a guide but it’s the same terrain and same view for 2hours. Most people will be capable, you can take your time and stop as and when you want. With the capable car you wont have to think about getting back down either.

It was also the place were I would be reunited with my bag which turned out to be someone elses, the chances of seeing mine again were dwindling to say the least!

David Simpson on top of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa. Hiking Table Mountain

Helpful

On our way to Quy Nhon we stopped at the scene of the My Lai massacre where 500 innocent Vietnam were murdered by some rouge members of the US Army. Then as a day of huge contrast we experienced some of the most insane superclubs around, fruit bowl shisha and first class service included!!

The roads to Nha Trang were a different level altogether taking you along the best beaches in Vietnam. We kept bumping into more locals, one helped us find and talk to a local mechanic and gave us his only pineapple to share – what a place to try your first one.

TIPS….

  • Be sure and check the weather.
  • Winds are sporadic in Cape Town and mist can quickly overrun the entire mountain.
  • If you run into difficulty stop, take shelter and keep an eye out for the many locals making the ascent.

Regular stops are made for breathers and water breaks but the best views are always those at the top where people risk everything for that photo, me included.

David Simpson on top of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa. Hiking Table Mountain

FINAL THOUGHTS

The views are just incredible and was a good reintroduction back into Cape Town, a place that would eventually go down as one of my favourite cities!

NEXT UP

No rest for the wicked as Ruben has twisted my arm to head up to Lion’s Head for sunset! Click to read

SAFE TRAVELS, DS x
118/229 Revisit

This post is part of the Southern Africa Series, click to explore or for episode 1 click here.

Question Time

  • Did you ever climb Table Mountain
  • Which trail did you do?
  • What is your favourite trail?

Let me know in the comments below . . .

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