Table Mountain National Park is a walking Park with exciting trails for all levels of walkers from the super-fit to the casual stroller. There are many routes to choose from along the Table Mountain Chain offering spectacular views of the City of Cape Town, rugged mountains and deep blue seas. Most of the popular hikes up Table Mountain such as Platteklip Gorge (north face), Nursery Ravine and Skeleton Gorge (the latter two being accessible from Kirstenbosch) are fairly strenuous, while Silvermine, the Cape of Good Hope and the Constantiaberg offer easier options.

For a guide to the most popular hiking routes get yourself a copy of Mountains in the Sea – an Interpretive Guide to Table Mountain National Park by John Yeld. See details above. Have a look at our useful TMNP Safety Tips.

 

The two-day, one-night Cape of Good Hope Hiking Trail follows a circular route of 33.8km through. It begins and ends at the entrance gate of the Cape of Good Hope, where secure overnight parking is provided.

 

Day 1:

Features a spectacular walk down the False Bay coast. There are commanding views across False Bay and over the peninsula south towards Cape Point. The distance is only about 13km, depending on the route option one takes at Kanonkop. But spend time lingering on the peaks and investigating the shoreline.

 

Overnight in one of three huts near Cape Point. We stayed in Erica Hut, which was part of the Dias Battery Observation Post in World War II. As you can guess, the views towards the north and west from the hut and the nearby emplacement are unhindered and command the Atlantic coast as well as the peninsula to Table Mountain in the distance.

 

Day 2:

Longer than day 1, about 20.5km. If follows the Atlantic shore and offers none of the rewarding views of day 1. Points of interest at the Hoek van Bobbejaan include ancient Khoi-San shell middens and the wreck of the Phyllisia (1968). When we walked there the area had been scorched and it was hot work. When the veld recovers, the fynbos will offer rich, flowering rewards.

This hike offers hikers fragrant fynbos trails, secluded beaches and overnight accommodation at Rooikrans in one of three cottages each of which sleeps six. Cutlery and crockery are provided but you need to bring your own bedding.

 

Hikers should note the following:

·         It is essential to complete the Overnight Hiking register upon collection of key, which is obtainable from the Access Control Officer on duty. The same register should be signed upon departure. Please remember to hand in the keys. Your Confirmation booking form needs to be handed to the Access Control Officer before 09:00 on date of arrival.

·         Bring your own bedding (sleeping bags, pillows, etc).

·         All cutlery and crockery are provided (Plates, knives, forks, mugs, etc.).

·         There are showers.

·         The huts are solar powered, so please conserve power. A light meter has been installed and lights will only switch on when it is sufficiently dark.

·         There is a two-plate gas burner at the ERICA hut.

·         At The PROTEA and RESTIO huts there is a communal bathroom and kitchen with a three-plate gas burner.

·         Please ensure that the lights are switched off before you leave.

·         All huts have braai places and braai grids. Braai wood may be purchased at the entrance gate: R20* a bundle. Park staff will deliver it to your hut during the day.

·         Please ensure that all fires are extinguished or secure before sleeping and before you leave.

·         Be Aware: there are baboons in the vicinity of the Hut. When given the opportunity they will enter the hut and destroy property and personal belongings. When you leave, please ensure that all the doors and windows of the Overnight Hut are closed and locked so that baboons cannot enter.

·         Restrictions:

o    6 x hiking bags* R100 for 6 hiking bags/items to transport, thereafter R25 per bag/item