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Devil’s Peak, Cape Town
The view of Table Mountain from Devil’s Peak. As part of the greater Table Mountain National Park, Devil’s Peak boasts spectacular views over the Cape Town City Bowl, Robben Island, Table Mountain and both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
Nature’s Valley, Garden Route
Nature’s Valley is a part of the Knysna-Amatole montane forest ecoregion. This subtropical broad leaf forest is easily accessible to anyone venturing along the Garden Route in search of adventure or leisure.
View from Krakadouw Peak, Cederberg
The sheer side of Groot Krakadouw Peak in northern Cederberg. From the summit looking west, Clanwilliam Dam resembles a shimmering stream in the distance.
Newlands Forest, Cape Town
Newlands Forest is a conservancy area on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, beside the suburb of Newlands.
It is owned and maintained by the Table Mountain National Parks Board, along with the City Parks Department of Cape Town, and includes a Fire Station, Nursery and Reservoir.
A tributary of the Biedouw River follows a path of least resistance as it makes its way down from the upper reaches of the Krakadouw mountains of the Cederberg.
The road to Merino Farm in the Ceres Valley. Snow regularly covers the surrounding higher peaks during the winter months.
The road to Sutherland. Sutherland is a town with about 2,841 inhabitants in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. It lies in the western Roggeveld Mountains in the Karoo.
The Groot River winds through Nature’s Valley at the foothills of the Tsitsikamma Mountains along the Garden Route of the Cape South Coast.
A parched pan of Tankwa Karoo. Bordering the Northern Cape, this arid landscape receives minimal rainfall. In January a recorded mean maximum temperature of 38.9°C is contrasted by a mean minimum temperature of 6°C in July. This is truly a land of extremes.
During the Old Stone Age, the Groot River area was occupied by Paleolithic man, about 10 000 years ago the San huntergatherers, and more recently the Khoikhoi herders. Today, the area is appreciated for its serene natural beauty and tranquility.
Newlands Forest is a green, peaceful space with a rich history. This former dense, indigenous forest served as part of the migratory path of the Khoi.
Full moon and starlit sky over the summit of Groot Krakadouw Peak. At 1740m in altitude, this vantage point boasts beautiful views and is relatively easy to access for even intermediate hikers.
The Newlands Forest Contour Path follows the curves of Table Mountain all the way from Tafelberg Road past the cable car station to Constantia Nek and is a well-loved area for walking, hiking and jogging.
There’s not much that one can compare to the super-sized, otherworldly landscape on Groot Krakadouw peak.
Located in the neighboring province of Eastern Cape, Hogsback is home to The Madonna and Child Falls which is one of many cascades, feeding the range of densely forested Amatola Mountains. Hogsback is a sleepy mountain village that is widely regarded for its magical and mystical forests and plethora of indigenous and endangered flora and fauna.
The views from Devil’s Peak at dusk, only a 40 minute hike from the bustle of the city.
Lion’s Head, Cape Town
The view from the summit of Lion’s Head, looking almost eye-level at the iconic Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles, with the sunset lighting up the Atlantic Seaboard.
Theewaterskloof Dam in the tight grip of the recent drought. This period of limited resources helped the City of Cape Town and its residents adjust and overcome water usage hurdles, making it one of the worlds first major cities to drastically reduce water usage per capita within a matter of months.
Elgin Valley, Grabouw
Elgin Valley in Grabouw is South Africa’s largest single fruit exporting area but is fast making a name for itself in the wine world. Elgin’s uniquely cool climate is the perfect environment to create distinctive, characterful wines, most notably Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.
Sutherland is South Africa’s coldest town with an average annual temperature of 11.3°C. The remote and arid town is well known for its Astronomical Observatory. Situated at an altitude of 1450m, it boasts some of South Africa’s best stargazing.
The Ceres is named after the Roman goddess of agriculture. The valley is known for its fertile soils and Ceres is a major producer of South Africa’s deciduous fruit. Only 170km from Cape Town, the area receives regular winter snowfall and is well known for its cherries in summer, attracting visitors from far and wide.
The Hex River mountains are located approximately 120km north east of Cape Town. With most peaks reaching a 2000m altitude, they separate the Hex River Valley and the Great Karoo.
The SS Kakapo Shipwreck, Noordhoek Beach
The SS Kakapo Shipwreck. The Australia bound steamship, loaded with coal from the UK, ran aground in May of 1900 without the loss of a single life. Today you can see the remains of the vessel’s ribs and engine along the white sand Noordhoek Beach of the South Peninsula.
Sunrise over the Great Karoo. The mountain ranges to the south and west block the majority of this landlocked semi-desert region. Experiencing as little as 50mm rainfall per annum and fluctuating temperatures ranging from well below freezing to high 40’s°C, made this an almost impenetrable barrier to the early explorers trying to reach the Cape.
The view from the “Pig’s Head” a rocky outcrop overlooking the pristine Nature’s Valley beach and Groot River mouth.
Overlooking Hout Bay and the Sentinel. The south-facing bay has been a safe haven for ships seeking refuge from the powerful north-westerly winds and rough seas tearing through the Atlantic coastline of the Cape. The Sentinel, a steep peak with sheer cliffs, towers above seal island and a world famous big wave surfing spot known as “Dungeons”.
Krakadouw Peak, Northern Cederberg
The sheer side of Krakadouw Peak in the Northern Cederberg. On a clear day it is possible to see Table Mountain which is 200km as the crow flies to the south-southwest.