Table Mountain is an iconic natural feature in South Africa which has also been declared a World Heritage Site and one of the seven wonders of nature. The relatively flat top is the most distinct characteristic that makes this mountain stand out but what makes this mountain special is the unique vegetation, incredible views and the feeling it gives one once they are atop. One of the things that is hardly spoken about is the comraderie experienced along the numerous hiking trails on Table Mountain and the 1st of April was no different for Bantu Hikers.
Table Mountain was fitting to celebrate three generations of Bantu Hikers students and to recognise Lukhanyo Mdludlu who has continued to participate in the Bantu Hikers student programme since 2015 also taking the step to mentor others. Lukhanyo is in his second year at UWC studying social work. For the students currently in their first year and in matric, Lukhanyo was able to open a window of what it is like to have settled as a university student and the experiences they can expect.
Platteklip Gorge, one of the most popular hiking trails on Table Mountain is enriching. With flowing springs from much needed rains from the day before and the cooling cloud periodically sweeping past, the hike was pleasant and ideal given the Table Mountain challenge taking place. Even when the going gets tough the positive energy shared on the mountain by strangers egging each other on makes it all worth it. The trail is challenging due to the steep ascent but manageable. The trick is to pace yourself and give yourself the chance to enjoy the views when you make a pit stop.
Bantu Hikers is what it is today due to the members of its community. The love, generosity of the professionals and the receptive attitude and commitment of the students. The Table Mountain hike was an opportunity for us to reflect and we are grateful for all the blessings.
To more iconic hikes and celebrating milestones, see you on the mountain.
Duration: +- 4hours (this varies greatly depending on your level of fitness)
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. This is non-negotiable.
MUST BRING A WINDBREAKER regardless of the season. The clouds on Table Mountain are not predictable and the temperature can drop significantly. The weather on a mountain does not necessarily mirror that which you experience below so carry a warm top.