This past weekend was a busy one for many of us here in Gordon’s Bay, South Africa as a group of 17 of us undertook an 80km trek from Cape Point to Table Mountain. This is the second year in a row we have done the hike in order to raise funds for this projects!
For that first day our goal was to hike from Cape Point to Simon’s Town where we would stay overnight. We walked through the national park and along roads the whole way to reach Simon’s Town in about six hours. On our second day, we had about nine hours of hiking to do as we went up and down two mountains to end at Constantia Nek.
By the time the last day came around every member of the team was feeling strained from the challenges we had overcome already. On this day we had plans of hiking all the way to the top of Table Mountain, however nature had a different plan for us. We discovered that the weather was too windy and the cable cars would not be running to take us down from the top. Together with the help of everyone, we would take a different trail known as the contour path that would lead us up and around the mountain and down to the cable car station. It was another beautiful hike overlooking all of Cape Town that took us about seven hours from start to finish. But the most amazing part of the whole hike was definitely at the finish line.
As we headed down a steep last stretch everyone was excited to know they had almost made it. The feeling was overwhelming as we came down off the mountain to be greeted by our drivers, guides, and especially our project partner Mama Lumka and some of her family who had come out as a surprise to show their support. I personally did not believe my ears as I heard their voices cheering me on for the last stretch. It was such an awesome feeling that bested any other during the hike to know that not only had we completed our challenge, but that our project partners were there to show how much it meant to them. And looking around you could tell that everyone felt the same as we all had huge grins on our faces. The challenge was officially finished and the only thing left to do was celebrate.
Thank you to everyone who supports GVI CT Cape Town, Mama Lumka, the children and this challenge.