Table Mountain Pipes

7 Apr

As I climbed up those steps starting the Pipe Track, I felt that old kick of excitement this hike in particular gives me.

The paths have all been changed to some degree. Some have been blocked off entirely and have become overgrown with fynbos.

New ones were laid. These are walker friendly and have new steps or bridges were none were before. Some deep gullies have been filled in to even out the paths for greater safety.

One might consider some of this work restoration work.

Under restoration work will be the removal of invader plant species and in particular pines that were planted many years ago to curtail the strong South Easter as it sweeps across the mountain.

In its natural state Table Mountain is as barren as the Table Top that everyone knows so well from all the brand tourism pictures.


Some of the slopes will be covered low growing fynbos and especially with proteas. Image

The SiIver Leaf trees are virtually extinct. They are beautiful. Catching the sunlight on the fine hairs on their leaves, they glitter silver and make for an awesome sight. Image

It would be good if they could be brought back. They do not have a long natural lifespan which contributed to their

demise on the mountain.


Photo Ihshaan Adams- Rosebank

But I am looking out for those pipes hey:) More about plants another time…

Here we have the first set of pipes a thinner and a wider pipe. Not everyone was game to take on the narrower pipe…


The second ravine with a pipe; note the columns the pipe rests on.


Here at the third site, a bridge was built to cross the ravine. It is part of the mountain paths upgrade to make the walkways user friendly and safer. We used to descend into the ravine and ascend again. Some just ran across the pipe hey:)

TM Walkway bridges

Another look at the ravine:)

TM Ravines

I have made several revisions because somehow only half the post shows. This is another attempt. Looks like WordPress is having a bad day!

Jeanihess Blog South Africa


4 Responses to “Table Mountain Pipes”

  1. nagaap1 April 9, 2013 at 1:40 am #

    Hi Jeanius. Guess what? Blog 24 has done it again. I can’t log in to my account even though I emailed them. Luckily I already had this Word Press blog a while back so most of my articles were similar to what was on blog 24 so ….here’s to connecting with you again. Nice to see you continue your ‘story’. he he

    • Jeanius April 9, 2013 at 2:27 am #

      Hi there:) Try your blog again hey. I had some server trouble too so perhaps it was not per se. Only just got onto sites now. Please stay in touch:)

    • Jeanius April 11, 2013 at 1:26 am #

      Hi, I get to your gravatar but not to any site:)

    • Jeanius June 15, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

      Where are you Nagaap?

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