Exploring Coastal Caves on the Western Cape of South Africa – In today’s article I would like to share with you some pictures taken during one of my favourite pastimes – crawling over the rocks and caves around the coastline of the Table Mountain National Park near Cape Town.
It has been a week since my return to the tip of Africa and so the timing is right to share with you more views of the fantastic scenery we enjoy here. During the last few days I have been putting the finishing touches to a piece of music that was inspired by the many caves within walking distance of my studio in Llandudno.
While you read the following article why not listen to my e-baroque compositions – just click on the box below:
or if techno music is more your cup of tea here are my techno/ambient compositions:
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Some of these caves are not just interesting on the inside – their location on the coast provides them with some amazing views – like the one above. This photo was taken from one of the caverns at the base of the Karbunkel mountain. This mountain separates the town of Hout Bay from Sandy Bay beach and Llandudno village. These views inspired a piece of music that, not surprisingly, I have called ‘Coastal Caves‘. I know some visitors to ChrisDuggleby.com like to listen to music while they read my articles – so if this is you – just click on the arrow in the picture below:
The video also features many of the pictures you will see in this article so please re-visit it any time you feel like a musical trip around the some fantastic caverns.
I am probably the world’s laziest explorer. I normally only explore places that are within walking distance of my music studios in Africa, the German Alps and Surrey in England. OK you might consider this from from another point of view – I have situated my studios in some incredibly beautiful locations enabling me to quickly get a dose of inspiration and then get back to the job of making music (and of course writing).
To illustrate this minimalistic approach to exploration let’s take as an example my studio here on the outskirts of Cape Town. The picture below is taken from the balcony and if you look very closely along the bottom of the mountain on the left you might just see some dark caves close to the middle of the photo:
Just to prove I do actually physically trek over the coast by foot to take photos in the caves here is a picture of ‘the author‘ walking along the path at the foot of the Karbunkel mountain. At this point in the article I must issue a health and safety warning: About 6 years ago I was stabbed and robbed while taking sunset photos on the beach near to where the photo below was taken. If you do decide to take photos in remote locations in Africa please be careful about your security. I was lucky – I only needed 5 stitches to fix the knife wounds – and the stolen camera and cell phone were replaceable.
To illustrate precisely where these caves can be found let me return to my balcony and use a rather powerful lens to magnify the view. The following two photos are of the openings to the caves. To get to these openings I followed the rocky coast line from Sandy Bay beach along the base of the mountain (this can take about 30 minutes – hobbling over granite rocks). Should you decide to visit the caves by this ‘path’ you will need to avoid stormy or very windy weather conditions – this route is not far from the water’s edge and if the rocks are wet they can be very slippery. Alternatively there is another steeper pathway higher up the mountain.
One of the additional treats for anyone prepared to walk a little further round the coast are the local ship wrecks – the busy shipping routes around the Cape can be notoriously challenging in rough weather. If you are interested in the local ship wrecks why not visit my photo article on this subject by clicking on the title below:
As if this is not enough we have even more caves if you walk in the opposite direction. By taking the coastal path from Sunset Rocks to Llandudno Beach there are some interesting rock formations which provide rather unique views of the Llandudno rocks and their associated beach. Here are some of my photos from this unusual vantage point:
The last of these photos features a view of the Llandudno rocks. If you move on from these caves along the coastal path from Sunset Rocks, across Llandudno beach to this outcrop of rocks you will find even more caves on the other side of the rocks.
Many of the local caves featured above have actually been inhabited in the past. In fact I remember one year being rather surprised to find a family residing in one of the larger caves at the base of the Karbunkel mountain.
To further wet your appetite for exploring caves I have selected below a few interesting photos of caverns from other parts of the world which I believe are well suited to the ambience of the music I composed for the video featured above.
By the way…if you are interested on coming to stay in Llandudno one of my friends who manages a lot of the holiday accommodation here has just set up a website illustrating some of the great local properties. To take a look at his website just click on the picture below (which also a has a snazzy scenic gallery with pics provided by ‘you know who’):
If you are interested on some of my other scenic ‘photo blogs’ – why not take a look at the following articles?:
Happy Travels! (and look out for unusual wildlife)
Chris Duggleby started his scientific career studying Bacteriology, Virology and Immunology at the Manchester University Medical School. From there he went on to spend over 35 in the chemicals and oil industries which included setting up a polymers research and development group in Geneva, Switzerland for a major international chemicals company. Following an MBA from Warwick University he went on to lead a number of international manufacturing and marketing operations in the Chemicals, Plastics and Oil industries. His work involved living and working in Europe, Asia, the USA, the Middle East, and Russia. More recently he was invited to take on a senior leadership position in the Audit Department of the BP International Oil Group. Here he used his global change and risk management experience to help the group reshape its management structures and processes following a major environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. He has now retired to focus on writing about risk management and producing music in his studios near London, in the Alps and Cape Town. If you are interested in risk management check out his RiskTuition.com or BizChangers.com (management of change) sites.
If you would like to take a look at some of my other recent reports just click on the titles below:
…starting with some more serious stuff…
and here are some fun reports…
You can also find some of my more humorous reports in the Alpine Press section of this site using the link here.