Any hikers out there? The Western Cape certainly has an incredible range of mountains and hikes for the outdoor enthusiast.
It's hardly worth mentioning Cape Town's iconic Table Mountain; the back drop to one of the world's most beautiful cities. Other very popular climbing spots in and around the city include Lion's Head, Signal Hill and Devil's Peak. But there are so many more walks and hikes in and around the city that I can't mention in this short post. For more, here's an extensive online list at Cape Town Magazine.
I came across an interesting extract from SA-venues, where our BnB suite is listed on. they have great travel information too. My eye honed in on the mention of the "Geweelbergen" or Gables Mountains, one of the original dutch names given to the stretch of mountains between Sea Point and Hout Bay, better known as the Twelve Apostles. Here's an interesting extract:
"The stretch between Bakoven and Oudekraal is dominated by a series of mountains known as the Twelve Apostles, after Jesus' disciples, which is a bit of an anomaly because there are actually seventeen or eighteen buttresses, depending how you count them, not twelve (not that anyone is counting, given the scenery).
When the Cape was under the Dutch (before 1795) this group of mountains was known as Kasteelbergen or Castle Mountains and Gewelbergen (Gable Mountains).
Together they form a scenic stretch of mountain. Although not as high as the Table, they are arguably more impressive, their crags, ravines, gullies and ridges an invitation to explore. Which is why some of the best hiking in Cape Town combs happens here."
Whether you're looking to ascend these ancient towers, or content to admire them over a glass of wine, the Cape certainly offers beauty in abundance.
I sometimes joke with visitors to the Gables, that we offer a Cape experience "minus the mountains"! Joburg, though hilly seems very flat against Cape Town's mountaneous backdrop.
Although not able to compete with the height and breadth of Western Cape ranges, not far from Joburg is one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world - The Magaliesberg. Situated between the grassland highveld and the bushveld savannah, it boasts amazing bird and plant life, craggy kloofs and rich geological and paleantological sites and rich deposits.
I enjoyed a relaxing weekend out of the city with some friends recently to the family farm 'Kloofwaters'; bought by my grandparents in the 70s. Special place.