Living in the Mother City, what a pleasant surprise it was to do this hike right on our doorstep. Somehow one thinks you have to drive “far” to get away.
Well, Cape Point is around an hour and a half’s drive from our home in the Northern Suburbs, but well worth it. The beauty of our peninsula is astounding!
The hike starts at the entrance of the Cape Point National Park. The route is circular, around 20 km first day (West coast) and 15 km the last (East coast). The trail begins a little interior, past a dam and some nice rock formations. We had rain that first day with the familiar “Cape of Storms” wind – yet thankfully not at gale force. There is a slight detour over a little mountain, along the plateau overlooking the beautiful ocean and then down again and all along the coast. This route is interesting but far. Finally we reach the Game Ranger looking after a troop of monkeys to keep them away from the restaurant further down to the point. Closer to the tip of the “point” is a road leading UP. This is a very steed up – feels like it will never end before we reach the top and the huts.
Accommodation is very basic but neat. There is a flush toilet with a shower, also a central kitchen, and two bedrooms with double bunks. The weather has cleared up nicely and we have the most amazing view of the Indian Ocean on the one side and the great Atlantic Ocean on the other! There is a quaint braai place (with wood) and we get the fire going. The guys pose for photos to see who has the biggest and/or most disgusting stomach!
Day two one has the choice of either taking the “high route” over the mountain range or the lower route along the coast. This day is much more picturesque than day one. We opted for the top route and had a very enjoyable walk. We saw many more baboons and stopped for coffee at the “tourism information centre”. From there the trail goes up and down a number of peaks, each view point more spectacular than the last. Finally we reach our cars, tired but very satisfied.
Photos by Coenie, Mieke, Wynand and Ulger
|Cape Point, Simonstown|
|Tel no||+27 (0)21 465 8515 or
+27 (0) 21 465 8515
|Nearest Town||Simons Town||Max Persons|
|Distance from Town||11km, 11 mins||Overnight Shelter||Yes, for one night only|
|Map to start of hike||View Map||Brochure|
|No of days||Two||Trail Type||Circular|
|Walking distance||Day1, 20km
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