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A Table Mountain circuit

Bakoven from Kasteelspoort

Bakoven from Kasteelspoort

In all the years of walking on the mountain I have never climbed Platteklip Gorge. At Peter’s suggestion we parked at Kloof Nek and tackled the 15.4 km circuit up Platteklip, through the valleys of Isolation and the Red Gods, to the reservoirs and down Kasteelspoort, and back along the Pipe Track1.  It was two days after Christmas and the mountain was topped by the table cloth (which made the steep Platteklip climb a whole lot easier). What struck me, however, was the high number of young people walking on the mountain and how representative they were of Cape Town’s cosmopolitan culture. Twenty years ago most hikers on any given day would have been members of the white middle-class; now there are kids from the townships, the Cape Flats, the suburbs, all obviously wanting to be on the mountain, all celebrating this wonderful place and all visibly enjoying a day out in nature. I can’t help but wonder whether the SA National Parks’ “people in parks” programme is actually working …

 

A Google Earth track of the walk and some photos follow..

Table Mountain cableway from the Pipe Track

Table Mountain cableway from the Pipe Track


Or download the track of this walk and view in Google Earth

 

Platteklip Gorge and Kasteelspoort track profile

Platteklip Gorge (up) and Kasteelspoort (down) track profile

Peter at Woodhead reservoir

Peter at Woodhead reservoir

1. The fascinating story of the Pipe Track and the reservoirs.

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