Hoerikwaggo is the indigenous Khoekhoen word for Table Mountain, meaning “ mountains in the sea”.
On this hike I don’t know what took my breath away the most , the never ending uphills or the stunning views. I definitely do not have any words to describe the awesome beauty of this hike and no matter how many photos or video clips one sees, unless you do this hike for yourself you will never truly know what you are missing. With out a doubt this is another “bucket list” hike.
Unfortunately there is a price to pay for these miraculous views, and that is the really strenuous up and downhills. Our group have all walked parts of Table Mountain many times, but never from Silvermine side. I don’t know if it was the 30°C heat that we had for the two days or our backpacks, but to put it very mildly, we took much more strain than we ever anticipated. For most of us in our group we like to use Arangieskop as a yardstick to “measure” the difficulty of a hike, and we all agreed that this hike out did Arangieskop by far. This hike should not be taken lightly.
The brochure (see attached pdf) states that the Orangekloof section is tough and that the Table Mountain section is mild. Although we agreed that the Orangekloof section was tough, we thought that the Table Mountain section was much more difficult, considering we had to ascend almost a 1000m in in 9km! It has been a long time since I have taken so much strain on such a short section of a hike. One must also bear in mind that there are other contributing factors that can make a hike feel more difficult, specially the weather, and maybe it was the two days of hot weather that got to us.
The tented camp at Orangekloof is truly spectacular and it far exceeded our expectations. I cannot remember when last I have been on a hike with such luxurious accommodation. (Maybe the Whale Trail, their overnight accommodation is better but not as luxurious.) The tented camp is fairly expensive but we all agreed that it was very well worth the money spent. We have already stared making plans for a return visit.
The Hoerikwaggo also has a slack packing option, although at the time we walked the hike TMNP had discontinued this service. We also could not leave a vechile at the overnight spots, so in the end we opted to carry our backpacks. One could get a friend or family member to pick up and drop your pack every day, but you will have to arrange this with the hike TMNP.
One let down we had with the tented camp was the issue with the wood. We were told that there would be wood (even though it was not good wood for braaing on), but never in our wildest dreams did we expect that we would get treated pine planks to braai with. We would gladly have paid extra for a decent bag of wood.
Fortunately we all carried a handful charcoal, and this was enough to cook our food with.
The only gripe we had with this hike is that the hike is not marked at all, and you are also not supplied with any map other than the map on the attached pdf, that is way inadequate. We feel that TMNP could supply a basic map with markers painted onto the rock so that one can know exactly where you are. This can save one many hours of frustration.
Would I want to do this hike again? Yes, absolutely, but I think I will aim to do it in spring or Autum.
If you agree or disagree please feel free to leave your comment at the bottom of the page.
Co-ordinates to actual start of hike 34° 4’31.07“S, 18°24’1.94“E
Co-ordinates to Orangkloof Tented Camp 34° 0’18.41“S, 18°23’32.36″ E
|Tel no||021 – 7809204||G.P.S.||–34.087244,18.424485 turn off from Ou Kaapse Weg|
|Nearest Town||Depends on starting point||Max Persons||12 for the tented camp|
|Distance from Town||Depends on starting point||Overnight Shelter||Yes, tents|
|Map to start of hike||Brochure|
|No of days||1 to 5||Trail Type||Linear|
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