Table Mountain and India Venster

Usually when I’m hiking Table Mountain I just take a few photos with my phone. But every now and then I take my DSLR up and get a few shots. From a variety of different hikes, here are a few randoms. I really do need to get out more often and take the camera with. A cell phone just simply cannot capture the stunning mornings and evenings we have here.

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Woodhead dam wall. Built in 1897, it is 277 m long and 50 m high. Built of stone, it a masonry gravity dam, which, straight from the Wikipedia says, “A gravity dam is a dam constructed from concrete or stone masonry and designed to hold back water by primarily utilizing the weight of the material alone to resist the horizontal pressure of water pushing against it.”

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Protea cynaroides, the king protea.

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Another king protea that had yet to open.

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If you start well before dawn and hike up India Venster in summer, you’ll be surely greeted with a sunrise like this. More info on the route here:

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The view from the India Venster hiking route onto Lion’s Head.

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As you finish off the India Venster route you wrap around on Fountain Ledge, this is view looking south down the Twelve Apostles.

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India Venster has some steep sections. Be careful as several people have been killed and seriously injured here.

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The steep section on India Venster that claimed several lives in the past. There are stainless staples in the rock as of May 2009. ClimbZA says the route is a Grade C (US 4th class).

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Devil’s Peak.

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Rock hyrax, commonly known as the dassie. Very interesting animals, you should read up about them.

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Lion’s Head.

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Signal Hill.

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Devil’s Peak.

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Somewhere along the back table.

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Looking up from Fountain Ledge. There is excellent trad climbing to be found here. No sport climbing, no bolts.


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