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Man’s body found following hike in Cape Town nature reserve

A hiker has died high on a mountain in greater Cape Town – after an epic search in foul winter weather.

The man set out for a gentle walk on the lower slopes of the nature reserve.

But he never returned, after the gates closed many hours later.

Eventually, around 24 hours later, his body was discovered high on the mountain crags.

The man, 58, had initially set out for a gentle stroll on the lower slopes of the Helderberg Nature Reserve in Somerset West.

Almost 24 hours later, his body was found high in the mountains on Friday. He may have suffered a fatal fall, on a rocky crag high above the winelands town.

Wilderness Search & Rescue (WSAR) spokesperson Johann Marais said the nature reserve manager called them for assistance around 17:00 on Thursday after the man’s wife had reported him overdue for return.

“The man had set out to hike the Sugarbird Route and not returned by 16:00 as he had arranged with his wife. By then rangers had already patrolled the route. WSAR had more than 17 operatives in the field on foot and where possible in 4×4’s searching for this person into the small…

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