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Posts with tag Cape Town

Interview with Paddy Gordon, Manager – Table Mountain National Park

It's always good to meet up with Paddy Gordon, Table Mountain NP's manager. Its the third or fourth time I've chatted to him in the last few years. I had a cup of tea with him in his office in Westlake, while I was doing the Table Mountain leg . I wrote a blog for Wild Magazine's website - so you can also follow my journey there. But here's a longer version of the interview I did with Paddy.

Paddy's experience as
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Interview with Calvin Mojapelo, Table Mountain National Park

While on Table Mountain National Park, I spent a bit of time with Calvin Mojapelo, the People and Conservation Manager for the park. His role is to make sure that all of Cape Town’s communities – rich, poor, old, young, of all races – have some sort of interaction with the mountain, and thereby hopefully develop an appreciation and understanding of the role SANParks plays in conserving the city’s landmark.

Calvin grew up in Zimbabwe, and now 42 years old, the former plastics engineer’s
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First week of Year in the Wild!

I've just written this blog for the SANParks website, and you can also follow my journey there...

On reflection, I think Table Mountain is actually a really appropriate place to start the journey, because it is symbolic of our country’s (and earth’s) environmental situation. There are 4,5 million people living nearby to Table Mountain National Park, most of them in the city of Cape Town. Houses, buildings,
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Noordhoek Beach…one of the favourites

If you've seen my website's "about me" page, you'll see a photo of me and my border collie Jasper...on Noordhoek Beach. For me, it's my favourite place in Table Mountain National Park...well, probably all of Cape Town. Which is a tough call, because there are so many places I enjoy going around the peninsula. Anyway, Noordhoek has been a place that I've spent many, many hours running the 4km long stretch of white sand with Jasper, walking with friends, swimming (despite the FREEZING water), and
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Table Mtn’s secret forest camp

Orangekeloof is a restricted area near Constantia Nek of Table Mountain and is a favourite of the locals who tend to keep it a secret. You need a permit to enter it, and only a few people are allowed in every day. It shelters the oldest, and most intact indigenous mountain forest on Table Mountain. The first settlers chopped down most of everything else around the mountain, but Orangekloof was spared. Old yellow wood trees stand proudly alongside the Disa River, which flows from the top of
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On top of the world! Staying at the Overseers Cottage

Tonight we’re staying at the luxurious Overseers Cottage high up on the top of Table Mountain, above Kirstenbosch Gardens. It’s not something you’d expect to find on top of Cape Town’s landmark. Its not very wild, but hey...

It’s an old stone cottage that has been renovated, and is really comfortable and impressively fitted out. Comfy couches, a big fireplace (see pic!), hot showers, fully equipped kitchen, and several rooms with big comfy beds with big warm duvets and pillows. This cottage
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