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Take a Hike
There are many hikes on the mountains that form Cape Town’s dramatic backdrop. The most-used route up Table Mountain, most of which is steps made out of rocks, is Platteklip Gorge, on the front of the mountain. A second, less exposed climb, up Skeleton Gorge, is on the back of the mountain starting in Kirstenbosch. The more challenging Kasteelspoort climb begins on the Pipe Track above Camps Bay. The most popular mountain walk is up Lion's Head, which is easy to reach by car and is done during the day and at night, especially during full moon, when you can see a string of lights from throngs heading up. The hike starts gradually but becomes a climb near the end. In summer, start early to avoid the daytime sun and heat.
By Ted Botha
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5821 Tafelberg Rd, Table Mountain (Nature Reserve), Cape Town, South Africa
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