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Take a hike: Exploring Table Mountain National Park

Take a hike: Exploring Table Mountain National Park
Keep to the beach if you want to photograph the SS Thomas T Tucker shipwreck.
Keep to the beach if you want to photograph the SS Thomas T Tucker shipwreck.

Zebra, an angulate tortoise, a bontebok and a jackal buzzard. We’ve only driven 3 km in the Cape of Good Hope section of Table Mountain National Park and we’ve already seen all these animals. They might not be the Big Five, but it’s still impressive considering that the “Cape Point” reserve borders one of South Africa’s biggest cities.

I’m on the way to Olifantsbos Beach to hike the Shipwreck Trail with my daughters Emilie (8) and Bella (5).

The reserve is surprisingly wild and we soon feel like shipwrecked sailors in a strange land. Why? The coastline is pristine, for starters. The Atlantic Ocean is searing blue and we share the windswept beach with baboons and hadedas. Behind us, coastal fynbos fades into rocky hills.

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