Susanne Karcher and Musa Singo, the Senior Tourism Officer at the Table Mountain National Park met after a hiking shoe failure; Musa went above and beyond to help Susanne.


Western Cape, South Africa (02 May 2024) – Hiking is a beloved pastime for many; Susanne Karcher and her friends were set to have a hiking adventure in the Table Mountain National Park-South (TMNP). When Susanne’s shoes gave out 3km in, she met her hiking hero, SANParks TMNP Senior Tourism Officer Musa Singo.

Susanne reached out to Good Things Guy to praise Musa, highlighting how she went above and beyond to help during a hiking failure.

Susanne and her friends geared up and set off for an overnight hike to Cape Point. They were looking forward to a weekend of beautiful landscapes and breathtaking views.

“We had booked a hiking trip at Cape Point this weekend (27/28.4) including staying overnight at a hut too. We set off early yesterday morning in high spirits to tackle the mountainous Kanoonkop route first. After about 3 km into the hike my left sole lifted, then shortly afterwards the right one and the fronts too.

It was frighting for me, to say the least, but luckily, we had ducktape (can the inventor of ducktape also be nominated as a hero) so I could keep them just about together until we reached the visitor centre at Buffelsfontein, where I arrived completely shaken and with bruised feet.”

Our hut for the night was still 5 km away and there was no way that I trusted these shoes another meter to carry me so I knocked at Musa’s office door and showed her my shoes. Musa was such a sweet person first she brought me a hot coffee and then swiftly organised for a driver to take me straight to the hut.”

As Susanne rested her feet and soaked up the warmth of her coffee, she was in awe of Musa’s effort to ensure she didn’t have to walk in pain.

“That was such a relief and I was soon reunited with my hiking buddies. But the drama did not stop. The lightning caused a massive fire in the Cape Point reserve, so at 1 AM in the morning, a ranger was dispatched to our hut just to talk to us and put us at ease about it.

[In the] morning, Musa was there again with her bakkie and instructed my other hiking buddies to stick to the road hiking back so they could be monitored at all times, and then she gave me and (what remained of my hiking boots) a ride all the way to the entrance.”

Susanne wants everyone to know how dedicated Musa is to her job, to praise her for her efforts, and to share that, as an expat living in South Africa, she has loved all the warmth she has experienced for the past three decades!

“I am deeply impressed by the amazing dedication and foresight shown by Musa Singo personally and all her staff at Sanparks. As a German living here since 1996, the warmth of (South) Africa’s people never ceases to amaze me, and it is such a blessing to be at the receiving end of people like Musa when you are in a pickle. For me, she is definitely the hero of my week…”

Sources: Susanne Karcher – Supplied
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