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Another Week Another Hike, Through the Recent Burn at Cape Point…

September 3rd, 2015 · 4 Comments

Another week, another hike… Slowly but surely hiking routes are beginning to open up after the devastating fires of last summer. We have been very eager to get into the area and see the regrowth and the new life. This past Friday, in wild and stormy weather, we headed out to explore the mountain above GifKommetjie in Cape Point Nature Reserve.

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It was bitterly cold, even the most warm blooded of our kids had multiple layers on… and there was very little lingering, we had to keep moving to keep warm.

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The last time we walked in this area we were finishing a very hard hike along the beach, it was so good to explore the mountain top and look down on where we had been before.

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The Meandering Path

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From a way away the hike looked like it would be fairly exposed to the elements the wind blowing off the plain on the one side and the ocean on the authorised… but the path turned out to be one of those delightfully twisty turn paths between the rocks.

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There were places to hide and play between the rocks and it was so good to be out. There was plenty of new growth and a surprising number of shoots growing in the nooks and crannies.

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These two…

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One always climbing and the other flying…

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There were plenty of places to stop and look at the view…

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View from Above

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After the Burn

The strip along the coastline was green, looking inland across the plains what was once colorless is now slowly beginning to turn green.

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This is a close up of this same are, within a fortnight of the fire… not a shoot of green anywhere…

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What really surprised us beyond all surprises was this little dell full of flowering bulbs…

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Birds and Beasts

From hiking through burnt areas in the past we know that there will be quite a few animals out to feed on the fresh shoots and leaves…

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There were plenty of tracks from buck wandering through…

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And as we were leaving a large troop of baboons moved in on the slopes below us, we were quite happy to move on really fast… We didn’t even stop to take photographs.

As We Were Leaving

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These poor things were battling in the wind…

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And these three were keeping their eye on us…

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Other SAN PARKS Hiking Posts in the Cape Peninsula

Table Mountain National Park.


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