Long Weekend Adventure – Discovering the Five Dams on Table Mountain

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Direction pole at Woodhead dam

Shortly after I’ve started hiking, I’ve heard about the five dams on Table Mountain and I made it my mission to go and discover these dams. So this past long weekend, Mr M suggested that we go on a small adventure. I could obviously not contain my excitement and was up at 5 am to start our 6 am hike.

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Sunrise over False Bay

We started out at Constantia Nek and went along with the jeep track. The sunrise from half way up the mountain was incredible.

The first dam we got to was De Villiers dam. When we arrived at this dam, it is evident that we’re experiencing water shortages as you can literally see what used to be the bottom of the dam.

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Evidence of dryness at De Villiers dam

Just after passing the Overseer’s Cottage (definitely on my list of things to do) we got to the Alexandra dam.

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Captured from the dam wall at Alexandra dam

Shortly after is the Victoria dam. By this time, you notice how the dams are increasing in size and volume.

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The suns rays over the Victoria dam

The fourth dam is by far my favourite dam and that’s the Woodhead dam. The sight of this dam was simply breathtaking. When you’re here, it’s hard to believe that you’re actually on top of a mountain. You dont’ realise that you’re approximately 750m above sea level.

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My most favourite dam….Woodhead dam

Right next to the Woodhead dam is the largest, fullest dam, Hely Hutchinson. The overflow from this dam flows into the Woodhead dam. With the shortage of rain, the Hely Hutchinson barely has an overflow. I cannot wait to see what the dams look like when they’re filled to capacity.

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The largest dam, the Hely Hutchinson dam

This has by far been one of my best hikes ever. The views were absolutely beautiful and cannot wait to share it with our Kilimanjaro training team.

Happy Hiker

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