Hiking in Newlands Forest at the
foot of Table Mountain
Today is an absolutely beautiful day in Cape Town. Clear skies, no wind, cool winter temperatures. Really perfect for a walk. But today is also the 11th June 2010. The opening day of the soccer world cup in South Africa. With the first game featuring our own Bafana Bafana. Even I wanted to be inside in front of the television in the afternoon!!
So I needed a morning walk. Newlands Forest offers the perfect choice. Parking at the forest station you head straight up into the forest. Well maintained jeep tracks with plenty of smaller tracks leading off to explore the numerous small rivers.
This morning I headed pretty much straight up the mountain from the car park. Indigenous wild almond trees abound, with branches twisting across rivers and bending low to make you dip and turn along paths. All the time above you the steep cliffs of Table Mountain and Devils Peak tower over you.