I have just received a message from Table Mountain Safety Action Group via Cape Town Hiking Club. Looks like these guys / criminals need to get nabbed asap. Its likely that they are the same 2 people attacking hikers. Please do not walk alone. Im always so frustrated when I hear about the hikers that venture off into the hills on their own. Apart from being a perfect target for abuse by a potential criminal, if a snake bites you or you twist your ankle, you put yourself into great danger. Spending the night alone on the mountain can almost predict certain death.
The idea is to join a hiking group that will suite your hiking style. There are hiking groups being created all the time. Some people like to walk fast, others like walking slower (sometimes avid photographers), others like talking, some dont... find your perfect hiking partner/s and go out and enjoy the mountain. Never think you are safe, always make sure you know how to defend yourself when approached or attacked. Best thing is to try and run away of course, but if that is not possible, try to at least prepare yourself for if it happens to you. Good luck friends! and hope to run into you sometime on the mountain too :)
OK, im done moaning. Im really sorry to hear of this terrible experience that these people endured and hope they catch the criminals soon. We always carry a shocker and a mace spray on us... you just never know.
Just a warning notice that there have been two attacks in this area over the past 10 days or so. Not much detail is available but we understand that the more recent attack (last day or two?) was particularly nasty. We are going to ask TMNP for more detail on this one. It may also have been picked up by the press so check the Cape Times today / yesterday. More on this one later, hopefully.
The other attack occurred in Newlands Forest specifically - about 10 days ago or so. Here is the text we received with regards that one:
From a Facebook entry:
If anyone knows more, plllleeasse let us know. This way we can get the facts out soonest to warn others. Especially with the weekend coming up. We need locations and any form of description.
Regards Andre TMSAG