Photo: Cape Town Tourism
Photo: Cape Town Tourism
Table Mountain is one of the most majestic sights in Cape Town and a must visit for tourists. Whether you opt for the long slog hiking to the top or the easier cable car route, the views from the top are exquisite.
The mountain is vast and it’s a bit of a surprise that there aren’t more ghost that haunt it.
The story goes like this, way back when, the governor of Cape Town made an enemy. As revenge, the enemy found a flute used by a leper and presented it to the gov’s son. The son contracted the disease and his own family forced him into exile.
He fled to a hut in the Table Mountain forests and lived alone, just him and his flute, until the day he died.
Legend has it, as the sun starts to set in Cape Town, you can still hear the haunting and sad sounds of his flute.
Verlatenbosch translates to “bush of the forsaken”. Shame, guys, it’s hectic.
This story was first documented back in the 1920, but Theosophist and prolific Theosophical author, Geoffrey Hodson. He wrote about mountain spirits, describing these encounters being akin to entering a realm of light.
Now, Hodson might have just been on the psilocybin, but he even commissioned his friend Ethelwynne Quail, to illustrate his shimmering visions and here’s one example of what she came up with.
These visions are also known as “Light Beings”. Now, it might just be a trick of nature but those who believe in something a bit more interesting can go searching at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens for starters. Light Beings are apparently known to inhabit this part of the mountain slopes.
Antjie Somers is one of the most well-known folk tales of South Africa, but there are many variants on the theme. Antjie is less of a ghost and more of a legend, but if you want to make it into a ghost story… well…we’re not going to stop you.
To this day, parents use the story of Antjie, a man dressed as a woman, who shoves naughty children in a bag, to scare kids into submission.
Antjie apparently liked chilling on the slopes of Table Mountain during the day and get up to mischief at night. According to some research, though, the first known reference to Antjie appeared in August back in 1866 and centred around a proper skollie who used to rob people. As time went on, the folktale evolved.
Another version of the story goes that Antjie… or Andries, was a fisherman who got into a fight with somebody who was teasing him. The fight resulted in fisticuffs and the poor person falling over, hitting his head on a rock and dying. Andries decided to disguise himself as a woman to disappear.