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Table Mountain NP: INFO

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Table Mountain NP: INFO

Unread postby Jakkalsbessie » Thu Aug 18, 2005 10:13 am

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Unread postby leopardspotter » Fri Oct 07, 2005 7:31 pm

I climbed up Table Mountain last weekend, it took me 3 and a halve hours to get to the top. I went the rought travelling just below the cable car. It takes about 3-4 hours, if you take a slow relaxing walk with a few rest breaks in the middle. :lol:

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Unread postby leopardspotter » Sat Oct 08, 2005 10:32 pm

Here are a few photos of the trip: :D

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Cape Point

Unread postby bucky » Thu Dec 29, 2005 2:40 am

Cape Point
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Hecticly amazing scenery here , and a good place to spot Bontebok.

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Gifkommetjie

Unread postby Salva » Tue Jan 31, 2006 4:03 pm

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It's at the western coast of Table Mountain NP - Cape of Good Hoop section, more specifically Gifkommetjie. It's a beautiful place, sees few visitors (most people rush to cape point, take in the view for a second, rush to the cape of good hope, take in the view for a second and rush back to either Boulders beach or Chapman's Peak, depending on how they started the day :roll: ) and you can do some fantastic hikes from the parking space!
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Cape Point

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Aug 21, 2006 10:12 am

Does anyone know whether there is a reef here that makes the water so turmoil?
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Re: Cape Point

Unread postby Jay » Mon Aug 21, 2006 7:35 pm

wildtuinman wrote:Does anyone know whether there is a reef here that makes the water so turmoil?


there is alot of submerged rock/reefs around Cape Point, making it a not too lekker place to sail around, usually gave it a fairly wide berth :wink:

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Unread postby restio » Mon Aug 21, 2006 8:06 pm

As you no doubt know, the seas around the Cape Peninsula are where the cold Benguela and the warm Atlantic currents meet and mix. I have a clear memory of going to Cape Point one time, and looking out and seeing the thermocline in the ocean - a definite white line stretching into the sea, and marking where the currents met.

For me, it was a very special sighting. I have no idea how common this is - certainly I've been to Cape Point often, and have only seen it once. Have other forumites seen it?

Of course, the difficulty may be recognising what you see - I was lucky to have an expert with me at the time, or I wouldn't have had a clue! :lol:

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Re: Cape Point

Unread postby Katja » Tue Aug 22, 2006 9:26 pm

Here's a satellite pic of Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope: Clicky
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Re: Cape Point

Unread postby arks » Tue Aug 22, 2006 10:49 pm

Thanks, Katja!! And you can clearly see all the shelving/reefs off of the Cape of Good Hope that causes (some of) the disturbed waters offshore. Some of the whitecaps are also caused by winds, but this is a notoriously dangerous area for shipping and any vessels, which all wisely stay well off shore :D
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Unread postby Larks » Mon Sep 11, 2006 2:15 pm

I think that this turmoil in question is "Bellow's Rock"? And it is indeed one of the many dangerous rocky out-crops that occur off Cape Point!

Another famous submerged rock is Whittle Rock in False Bay. Sailors can be warned of this dangerous rock as it's location can be found by lining up the two crosses in Cape Point (Dias and Da Gama), and then by another above the Simonstown golf course.
This is also why the white Dias Cross is painted black on it's eastern side, so it is visible to sailors against the blue sky background. :D

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Silvermine

Unread postby arks » Sat Oct 28, 2006 1:13 am

Interesting article about Silvermine, which is part of TMNP.
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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Wed Dec 13, 2006 4:11 pm

Thanks Arks,
I have been to Silvermines a few times, but then it was as a local. This input is valuable.
I really love that area. In some ways it reminds me of certain areas of Scotland.
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Unread postby nicaubs » Thu Dec 14, 2006 1:08 am

leopardspotter wrote:I climbed up Table Mountain last weekend, it took me 3 and a halve hours to get to the top. I went the rought travelling just below the cable car. It takes about 3-4 hours, if you take a slow relaxing walk with a few rest breaks in the middle. :lol:


If you are looking for a different hike to do, one I used to do a lot is the Platteklip Gorge. It is quite a steep hike, but is not too strenuous. It takes about 1.5hrs, depending on how fast you go. This is a nice one to do, if you are planning to take the cable car down, as you need to walk along most of the mountain to get to the cable car from the end point of this hike.

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Unread postby Josh. W » Thu May 03, 2007 5:33 pm

Climbed the mountain in September, 1 hour up 30 mins down, Skeleton Gorge.

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