Tokai is probably the most well-known trail network in the Western Cape. With ease of access to the Cape Town metropole and the southern suburbs; trails like Vasbyt, DH1, the Snakes and of course the test that is the “Mast”, it has become legendary. Then came the fire…
“The 2015 Cape wildfires were a series of wildfires that burned across the Western Cape from February to April 2015. Major fires burned across the Cape Peninsula starting on 1 March in Muizenberg and burning until 9 March, when firefighters extinguished it. The fire resulted in 1 death, 56 injuries, over 6,900 hectares (17,000 acres) of burnt land, and 13 damaged properties, of which 3 were destroyed. The cause of the fire was later determined to be arson.” Source Wikipedia
The fires started on Sunday, 1 March 2015, and continued for several days, finally being contained by Wednesday, 11 March 2015.
I lost my house keys one day on a ride and was allowed to take my car up to search for them as I had a good idea of where I lost them. I happened to take a few pics as I drove around (my keys were found by a tourist couple who saw me searching and had picked them up – what luck!) taking advantage of being allowed to take my vehicle onto the mountain. These are some of the images I took (not meant to be artistic at all and with my pre 2015 phone). I hope they stir up some really good memories and show how beautiful the park was with all the trees.
Please send us your pre-fire pics to firstname.lastname@example.org and if there are enough we will publish them in the next issue.