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Cape Town - The Karbonkelberg hiking route has been branded a “no-go” area by the Table Mountain Watch Group.
Another man was mugged this weekend on the popular trail, which winds around Karbonkelberg, a small peak that overlooks Hout Bay’s harbour from the Table Mountain National Park.
It is popular among local hikers.
On Saturday morning, a 33-year-old cyclist was attacked by three men.
Police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andre Traut said the incident took place at 8.30am.
The men reportedly held the cyclist at gunpoint before grabbing his wallet, phone and mountain bike.
Traut said the men fled. No arrests had been made at the time of going to print.
Table Mountain Watch Group founder Andre van Schalkwyk said the cyclist had not been harmed.
However, he said the latest incident was the sixth attack in the Karbonkelberg and Sandy Bay area.
“There have been 14 reported cases over the last two years.”
Van Schalkwyk said the area was plagued by a lack of security and that opportunistic criminals saw visitors as easy victims.
“I will say this right now, people should just steer clear of the route. You are asking for trouble if you go there.”
He said that while most of Hout Bay’s residents were aware of the crime problems in the area, tourists were oblivious of the issue.
“We need to signpost the potential dangers of using this route.”
In another incident, a hiker was involved in a struggle with two robbers after they attempted to break into his car at Tokai forest.
Traut said the attack took place at 7.30am on Sunday.
The man reportedly returned to his car to find two men trying to break into it.
“After a brief altercation, the suspects fled the scene,” said Traut.