Expat South African, now living in Toronto Canada, wings his way back to Cape Town for a holiday.

The power of social media re-unites two old school friends after 35 years. When Mario saw my Cape Town Hikes page on Facebook he immediately booked me and one of his sons Dylan for a hike up Lion’s Head for their upcoming holiday to the Mother City.
Mario, his wife and two sons endured a marathon flight from Toronto to Munich Germany then onto Johannesburg and final arriving in Cape Town two days later. Since their arrival he hasn’t stopped having done shark cage diving, paragliding and now hiking up a mountain. In the afternoon he will be on his way to do a solo skydive in his wingsuit and also brought his scuba gear along for next week in Plettenberg Bay.
Mario has over 300 solo jumps logged and clearly has adrenalin running through his veins.

I collected them at 9am at their luxury apartments in the V&A Waterfront and took us about 15 minutes to get to the start of the hike. Rain was expected in the early hours of the morning which didn’t materialise hower there were lots of clouds about and the top of the mountain was completely covered. I was praying that it would lift as we commenced otherwise the experience would be wasted with virtually zero visibility from halfway to the summit.

Knowing that Mario lived many years in Cape Town and probably did Lion’s Head before, I decided to take them up a route that he may not be familiar with. This route which is off the beaten track, required a bit of minor scrambling belonged to us on the morning as we only came across other hikers as we neared the summit. The dangers of hiking were evident as we came across two commemorative plaques going up.

It was cold at the start of the hike with quite an icy wind blowing. They followed my advice and brought warm clothing with but were happy to go up in T-shirts. When they left home it was -10deg Celsius and this ‘feels like summer’. In fact they were getting hot…. who am I to argue LOL

We stopped often to rest and take pictures and spent about half an hour at the summit. If time allowed I was going to take them down to Signal Hill to watch the firing of the noon gun but we weren’t going to make it. Finally I took them down to Wally’s Cave where we spent some time trying to get the right shots.

All in all it was a sucessfull hike and the weather and clouds played no part in ruining the experience. It almost felt as if the clouds opened up for us as we ascended and finally disappeared when we got to the top.

Table Mountain, the 12 Apostle mountain range and views of the City Bowl, Atlantic Seaboard were spectacular as always.

Thanks Mario and Dylan for a great hike. Hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday and have a safe flight back home. When you’re ready to do your bucket list hike of the Fish River Canyon in Namibia then give me a shout.