Primarily we are hikers, who also enjoy camping. One can do the same hike (or camp) many times and experience it differently almost every time, depending on the heat, whom you are with, and many other factors. The aim here is to personalise the the experiences and describe it as we saw it at the time of actually hiking or camping.
We also thought of adding specific tips for each hike, although most of these tips would apply to many of the hikes. For example, I don’t usually walk with a walking stick, but if I ever had the opportunity to walk the Fish River Canyon again, I would definitely take a walking stick with, as this makes the river crossings a breeze.
Many of the guys in our group also enjoy photography, and the idea came up “Why don’t we publish the the pictures of the hikes for all to see.” What mostly happens, you take the photos, look at them once or twice, and then they land up on your hard drive “gathering dust”. The photos will also give others a better idea of what to expect on the hike if they have not done it before.
Over the years many in our group of hikers have come and gone, but generally we are a core group of about six hikers. We definitely do not see ourselves as hard core hikers (in fact we are all in our mid forties), we just enjoy the outdoors and each others company.
I cannot imagine that there are many other experiences that can “clean your head” as much as a hike. For the first time in about twenty years of hiking, some of us decided to take a break during one of our walks, lie on our backs, and watch the clouds sail by. Maybe it sounds stupid, but it is an experience that I will never forget. As the old saying goes “The best things in life are free”, and I cant agree more.
Most of these camp sites and hikes we have been to in the last two years. The majority of these places are in a radius of 250km of Cape Town, as traveling further than 250km for a weekend is just to far , and not worth the time spent in a car.
The Western Cape has so much to offer in such a small area, I often think that we forget that we can be so fortunate to have such a diversity all within two and a half hours drive, from the West Coast with its icy waters and very specific fynbos, to the mountains with its endemic fynbos and snow in the winter, to the South Coast with its rolling hills and overflowing coastal towns. We have it all. (In case you were wondering we live in Cape Town.)
The idea behind this (hobby) website is to keep all the information in one place. I want to share thoughts and information with other like minded people. “Nice” information such as G.P.S. co-ordinates, especially for campsites and hikes that are sometimes “hidden”.
This site is still in its infancy so be patient in this process of streamlining and making it more user friendly. You are most welcome to send any ideas, suggestions or information to make this site worth reading and sharing!
Jens – Fellow-Hiker, Nature-lover, Tent-Camper