seasons in a day..
the South-Western Cape and in particular the Cape Peninsula differs
markedly from the other regions in that our weather is notoriously
unpredictable: being a weatherman in Cape Town must be the most frustrating
profession. There is only one fool-proof weathervane in the Cape Peninsula:
when there is a cloud on Lion's Head and nowhere else, rain is guaranteed
within the next 12 hours.
have often started up the mountains under clear blue skies and balmy
weather, only to come down a few hours later in pouring rain accompanied
by a chilling wind. Visitors to the Cape, in particular, should
be warned never to underestimate the weather, as it can change dramatically
in just half an hour. Locals should know better, but I have often
found inexperienced hikers adrift in the cold wind and rain, dressed
only in T-shirts and shorts.
of the weather when you start, always take rain gear and warm clothes.
In addition to a hat, sun block and plenty of water and food. In
summer there is often no drinking water to be found on large parts
of the mountain.