Steenberg Peak Hike, Cape Town

This is one of my favourite short hikes in the Silvermine area of the Table Mountain National Park, taking no more than 2 to 2.5 hours, and being suitable for those with below average to average fitness. It’s a great starter hike, too, and gives one unparalleled sweeping vistas of the Cape Flats, Constantiaberg, Table Mountain, False Bay and beyond to the mountains to the north.

As is the norm with all hikes in the Silvermine area, a camera is a must, as there’s just so much to see – the fynbos, with its vast variety of flowering plants, the wind and rain-sculptured sandstone rock formations, the many species of birds, as well as the views. A camera allows one to capture these images, and savour them many times over at a later stage, as I often do. As the song goes, “Memories are made of this”!

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Sports World, Waipukurau

Hawke’s Bay Hiking and Tramping is based in the awesome town of Waipukurau (or Waipuk, as the locals call it), in the Central Hawke’s Bay district of New Zealand. In the years I’ve lived here, I’ve met so many wonderful people, and compared to the big cities, life in a rural town is just so much richer in terms of relationships. Businesses also have a different feel about them, and relationships with customers mean so much more.

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