devil’s peak, cape town

Hiking Cape Town: Devil’s Peak

The urban legend goes that Jan van Hunks, a Dutchman who lived at the foot of Table Mountain, found himself in a pipe-smoking competition with a local stranger. And though van Hunks won the competition (a talented pipe smoker), the stranger turned out to be the Devil. van Hunks had smoked so much that the smoke eventually covered the entire mountain, thus explaining the “table cloth” that often covers Table Mountain. And the devil? Well thus, the name “Devil’s Peak.”

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