Tips for hiking Cape Town's beautiful mountains safely

Cape Town is known for its beautiful scenery and breathtaking hiking trails and a great way to stay healthy, when you live around so much natural beauty is, of course, hiking.

Andre van Schalkwyk is from Table Mountain Watch and also a professional guide chats to Refilwe Moloto about safety and security on the mountain.

Van Schalkwyk says security is a small component of the bigger picture and people should not be deterred from getting out, enjoy the fresh air and becoming fit in the process.

Read: 10 safety tips from Sanparks following latest robbery at Table Mountain camp

We are spoiled for choice. We have this beautiful national park right in our back yards and we should use it all the time whether it is hiking, walking or running.

Andre van Schalkwyk - Table Mountain Watch

Van Schalkwyk advises not to set unrealistic targets but to start small and build momentum.

If you want to challenge yourself, you can choose trails that would allow you to do that or you can just walk flat tracks and see how you do. Don't try to be over ambitious on day one.

Andre van Schalkwyk - Table Mountain Watch

Here are some of the tips van Schalkwyk gives for the best hiking experience:

  • Get suitable equipment for the kind of activity you engage in. For example, a pair of hiking boots and a backpack for all your snacks.

  • If you are going to an unfamiliar place for hiking contact a guide to show you the area.

  • Take responsibility for your own safety and avoid things that will attract predators like being on your phone the whole time.

Van Schalkwyk also shared some of the hiking trails Capetonians can visit to enjoy the beauty of the mother city.

He will be doing what he describes as a safe hike this weekend at Kleinplaas Dam.

Take a listen:

To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Tips for hiking Cape Town's beautiful mountains safely


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