Have you seen a red disa?

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The red disa ( Disa uni­flora) is the sym­bol of the West­ern Cape and it’s in bloom from De­cem­ber to March. We asked Do­minic Chabon, aka The Fyn­bos Guy, about which hikes to do on Ta­ble Moun­tain if you want to see this spe­cial flower.

The easy op­tion: Disa uni­flora is an or­chid that grows in the high moun­tains next to streams and wet­lands. Start at Con­stan­tia Nek and walk up the con­crete road to the top. Go past the Over­seer’s Cot­tage and bear right onto Smuts’ Track, which runs along the east­ern side of the moun­tain. Con­tinue past Nurs­ery Ravine and Skele­ton Gorge un­til you get to Win­dow Stream in Win­dow Gorge, where there are usu­ally lots of disas. Then you can re­trace your steps or con­tinue along Smuts’ Track to Ma­clear’s Bea­con and the ca­ble­way sta­tion. If you’re up for a chal­lenge: Park your car in Theresa Av­enue in Camps Bay and hike up Kas­teelpoort. Red disas grow in the stream in the fi­nal sec­tion of the ravine. Or hike up Skele­ton Gorge from Kirsten­bosch. There are usu­ally disas at the top of the trail. Re­turn via Nurs­ery Ravine. Both these routes are steep and you should set aside at least half a day. For the con­nois­seur: The My­burgh’s Wa­ter­fall Ravine Trail is the best place on Ta­ble Moun­tain to see disas, but it’s a dif­fi­cult route. It starts in Hout Bay and re­turns via Llan­dudno Ravine, but it’s not marked clearly and re­quires some scram­bling. The Disa Stream Gorge and Aque­duct trails are equally im­pres­sive but tricky to find. I’d rec­om­mend you do all three of these trails with a guide.

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