Kitting ourselves out to discover the Cape’s three wilderness areas


We just lately went to discover the Cape’s three wilderness areas, seeking uncooked, untouched nature. South Africa is dwelling to seven declared wilderness areas, three throughout the Western Cape.

They’re the Cederberg Advanced, Boosmansbos Wilderness space and the Groot Winterhoek Wilderness space.

Kitting ourselves out to explore the Cape's three wilderness areas

What’s a wilderness space?

IUCN Fee on Nationwide Parks and Protected Areas defines a wilderness space as a ‘pure space protected by laws and of ample measurement to guard the pristine pure surroundings which serves bodily and religious well-being,’ and the place ‘as pristine pure areas, they need to be established to make sure that future generations can have a chance to hunt understanding in largely undisturbed areas.’

In South Africa, wilderness areas might be proclaimed below the Forest Act of 1984, which described it as ‘undeveloped areas uninhibited by man. It ought to retain an intrinsically wild expertise and provides guests a sense of isolation from the skin world.’

Nature is a type of few issues that immediate us to get all poetic in attempting to outline “what’s a wilderness”. Solely nature could make a authorities doc sound lovely, happening to say that ‘the human spirit would be the poorer for lack of a wilderness expertise.’

For that reason, we’re keen to push our our bodies to the restrict and go away behind our lives of luxurious within the identify of “enjoyable” simply so we will come face-to-face with nature on equal phrases.

This is the reason it’s very important to decide on the suitable gear, and due to Cape Union Mart, we had been capable of check out a few of their outside climbing gear.

The Fundamentals

Kitting ourselves out to explore the Cape's three wilderness areas

Mountain climbing tent: Okay-Manner Scorpion 2 Individual

The spacious tent offers sufficient area for 2 individuals and the fly sheet at the front and back means there’s sufficient area to your packback to lie exterior, whereas lined from the inclement climate exterior.

This tent is to your on a regular basis hiker, so it’s not too heavy on the pocket however will stand its personal on prolonged hikes.

Capability – Tent 2-Individual
Dimensions 2100mm x 1400mm x 1100mm
Packed Dimensions 410mm x 145mm x 145mm
Weight 2.1kg
No of Doorways 1
Mosquito Netting Sure
Materials – Cover 210T Ripstop Polyester with Fireplace Retardant end
Materials – Body Light-weight Aluminum Alloy
Flysheet Water Column 2500mm waterhead and PU coated

R2 199 from Cape Union Mart

Sleeping bag: Okay-Manner Growth 400 Sleeping Bag

A light-weight and compact sleeping bag, however nonetheless sufficient to deal with the chilly circumstances. The added elasticity within the mid-section of the sleeping bag makes for a extra snug slumber, climate you toss and switch with the sleeping bag or in it.

  • Outer material: 100% Nylon mini ripstop
  • Internal material: 100% Polyester
  • Fill: 95% Goose down with commonplace 750+ cuin 190 grams
  • Consolation score: 9 °C
  • Transition score: 5 °C to 9 °C
  • Danger score: -5 °C
  • Weight: 640 grams
  • Dimensions: 210 cm (Size) x 80 cm (Opening) x 50 cm (Foot field)

R2 000 from Cape Union Mart


The Blade: Kaliber Survival Knife

Whether or not you’re a survivalist or simply an outside fanatic, this Kaliber knife proved extremely helpful. Light-weight, at solely 215 grams, its listing of options features a flint fireplace starter (which proved fairly efficient, setting my hair on fireplace together with the tinder through the check), an hooked up whetstone to sharpen the blade in addition to a hammer on the backside of the deal with.

R699 from Cape Union Mart

Footage: David Henning & William Paine

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