Table Mountain (KZN)

Table Mountain is located near Nagel Dam in the Valley of a Thousand Hills. This venue is easily seen from the N3 Highway when looking east in the Ashburton area. The band of sandstone crags that surround this mesa are very prominent. The sandstone faces are a mixture of both good rock and choss and are up to three pitches high. Many generations of climbers have explored these crags over the years but no routes have been recorded. Possibly the best rock is on the SE face where there is a large sink hole and cleft system. If you venture out to have a look, park at Nagle Dam and walk up the NE spur which runs down to the dam. This is a long hard 'bundu bash' but is worth the effort. The top of the mesa is open grassland with excellent views in all directions. Gerald Camp reports that you can also drive and then walk in from the Old Baldy / Cato Ridge side of the mountain. Water can be found in a stream on the top during summer. This is an excellent venue for a weekend's camping, but the climbing is 'patchy'. The glacial striations on the summit are an unusual feature in South Africa that attract regular visits from geology students.