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Cape town in South Africa tourism and things to do and activities,includes Cape Town and surrounding towns local activities including hiking, quad biking, extreme adventures, hings to do, outdoor adventures and activities in V&A Waterfront, Greenpoint, Cape Town City Centre, Clifton, Constantia, Hout Bay, Muizenberg, Fish Hoek, Simons Town, Boulders,Sea Point, Bantry Bay, Camps Bay, and the wine routes of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek

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ACCOMMODATION

Bantry Bay

Bellville

Blaauwberg Strand

Boulders

Camps Bay

Cape Agulhas

City Centre

Clifton

Constantia

Darling

Durbanville

East London

Franschhoek

Gans Baai

George

Gordon's Bay

Grahamstown

Greenpoint

Hermanus

Hout Bay

Jeffreys Bay

Knysna

Langebaan

Mosselbay

Muizenberg

Oudtshoorn

Paarl

Paternoster

Plettenberg Bay

Port Alfred

Port Elizabeth

Saldanha Bay

Sea Point

Simons Town

Stanfield

St Francis Bay

Stellenbosch

Tsitsikamma

Waterfront City

Wellington

Witsand

Yzerfontein

Cape TOWN

TABLE MOUNTAIN
Table Mountain can be accessed via a funicular to the top. Among the more popular from the Cape Town side are Platteklip Gorge (starting from Tafelberg Road) and the Pipe Track (starting from Kloof Nek).

via Kloof Nek Road (M62) and Tafelberg Road

Cape TOWN

LION'S HEAD
Spectacular walk through mountain fynbos with silver trees to the top of Lion's Head (669m high). Access to the steep section at the top is facilitated by steel ladders.

via Kloof Nek Road (M62) and Signal Hill Road (park at the gum trees 500m after the intersection)

MOWBRAY

RHODES MEMORIAL
Many walks include access to the top of Table Mountain via Skeleton Gorge and Nursery Ravine (both fairly strenous), and popular contour path from Constantia Nek to Rhodes Memorial and around the front of Table Mountain. Unique Braille Trail through the forest, with guide ropes and Braille signboards

Off Union Drive (M63)

HOUT BAY

HOUT BAY MUSEUM
Enviro Centre offers guided tours for school groups and guided weekend walks.

4 Andrews Road

HOUT BAY

THE SENTINEL (KARBONKELBERG)
Scenic walk to the summit (800m) of the mountain that guards the entrance to the bay.

via Bay View Road above the harbour

NOORDHOEK

SUNBIRD ENVIRONMENTAL RECREATION CENTRE
Guided walks, adventure activities. Facilities for hire.

Silvermine Road, off Ou Kaapseweg (M64)

NOORDHOEK

CHAPMANS PEAK
Panoramic views and mountain fynbos. The drive is temporarily closed for repairs. Contact the nearest tourist info office for details on the reopening of this scenic route.

via Chapman's Peak Drive (M6)

NOORDHOEK

NOORDHOEK BEACH
Spacious beach for long walks.

via Avondrust and Beach Roads

CLOVELLY

SILVERMINE RIVER TRAIL
Pleasant daily trail; 150 bird and 22 mammal species recorded.

South side of the Silvermine estuary at the bridge on Main Road (M4)

MUIZENBERG

ST JAMES TO MUIZENBERG
Concrete walkaway along the rocky shore.

 

MUIZENBERG

ZANDVLEI BIRD SANCTUARY
Scenic walks for the whole family around the many waterways.

Off Promenade Road
Booking through Rondevlei Bird Sanctuary is required to enter the Zandvlei sanctuary, which is home to some 130 species.

     

Hout Bay Accommodation

Hout Bay Businesses

Hout Bay Community

Hout Bay History

Hout Bay Restaurants

Cape Garden Route

Cape Peninsula

Cape West Coast

Cape Whale Watching Coast

Cape Wine Routes

Eastern Cape

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There is an abundance of hiking trails and hiking tours in and around Cape town in South Africa including Greenpoint, Clifton, Constantia, Hout Bay, Muizenberg, Fish Hoek, Simons Town, Boulders,Sea Point, Bantry Bay, Camps Bay, and the wine routes of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek

HIKING TRAILS

MUIZENBERG

MUIZENBERG PEAK
Access via stone steps on Boyes Drive above Muizenberg, or Silvermine Nature Reserve on Ou Kaapseweg (M64), eastern entrance. Peak is 507m high.

(M64)

KOMMETJIE

KOMMETJIE ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS GROUP
Guided beach and mountain walks; lectures and slide shows.

 

KALK BAY

BOYES DRIVES
cenic walking along pavement. Also access to the Kalk bay mountains in Silvermine Nature Reserve (Echo Valley).

Off Main Road (M4), Kalk Bay or Lakeside

FISH HOEK

JAGER'S WALK
Pleasant stroll along the "Catwalk" to Sunny Cove

via Main Road (M4) and from Fish Hoek beach

FISH HOEK

PEER'S CAVE
Nine Stone Age burial sites were discovered in this cave by Bertie Peers in 1927. Of these, the "Fish Hoek Man" has been dated at 12 000 years old.

via 21st Avenue, Fish Hoek or Ou Kaapseweg (M64)

FISH HOEK

ELSIE'S PEAK
Panoramic views from walks to the top.

via The Outspan on Kommertjie Road, or Hillside Road/Highway

SIMON'S TOWN

Cape OF GOOD HOPE NATURE RESERVE, SOUTH OF SIMON'S TOWN Mountain fynbos, good birding, animal life. Walking on roads and along demarcated pathways. Many attractive day walks; new two-day hiking trail around the tip of the Peninsula (booking required). Funicular to the lighthouse. Information centre, maps and brochures.

72 km from Cape Town via the M4 or M65 - part of the Cape Peninsula National Park

BOULDERS

WILLIS WALKS, SEAFORTH TO BOULDERS
Gentle walk along the coast. Wooden walkaway onto Foxy Beach. Viewing of African penguins at Boulders

 

RONDEVLEI

RONDEVLEI NATURE RESERVE, GRASSY PARK
Coastal beach vlei habitat. The only hippopotami in the Western Cape occur in the vlei but are very secretive (look out for signs of their tracks or dung at the water's edge). Waterside Trail is a gentle walk of one kilometre (suitable for small children) with five bird hides and observation towers. Good birding. Access for wheelchairs. Information centre with excellent bird display.

via Prince George's Drive (M5) and Victoria Road

TOKAI

SILVERMINE NATURE RESERVE
Various hiking trails: On the eastern side, Silvermine river and waterfall, walks on Muizenberg, Steenberg and Kalk Bay mountains; on the western side, Panorama Circuit, access to Elephants Eye Cave, Tokai lookout, Hout Bay viewsite and Noordhoek Ridge lookout. Shady picnic sites on the western side.

22km from Cape Town on the Ou Kaapseweg (M64) from Tokai - part of the Cape Peninsula National Park

TOKAI

TOKAI FOREST
Pine and gum forests with arboretum (living tree museum). Mountain fynbos, good birding. Steep walk up to Elephant's Eye Cave on Constantiaberg, panoramic views. Also self-guided walk with map.

via Tokai Road, off M3

ALPHEN

ALPHEN TRAIL AND DE HEL WALK
Both trails start at Alphen Hotel.

Hohenhort Road, off M41/M3 (near Cellars Hohenhort Country House Hotel)

CONSTANTIA

CONSTANTIA NEK
Start of various walks on Table Mountain including contour paths and route to the top. Start of walks up Vlakkenberg (to the South).

M41/M63

NEWLANDS

CECELIA FOREST
Contour paths through plantations and forests, links with Kirstenbosch and Constantia Nek. Waterfalls, mountain fynbos. Managed by SAFCOL.

via Rhodes Drive (M63)

NEWLANDS

NEWLANDS FOREST
Cool forest walks. One of the trails leads to the ruins of Paradise Cottage, retreat of Lord and Lady Anne Barnardt.

Off Rhodes Drive (M63)

NEWLANDS

JOSEPHINE WATER MILL AND MUSEUM
Guided walks along the Liesbeeck River, booking essential.

Boundary Road

PINELANDS

ELSIESKRAAL WALKAWAY
Three kilometres on either side of the Liesbeeck River.

via Liesbeeck Parkway

MILNERTON

Trail from Milnerton lighthouse to Table View beachfront (7km).

via Woodbridge Island

MELKBOOSSTRAND

KOEBERG PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE
Coastal beach vegetation and dune fynbos, wetlands and saltmarsh. Grysbok Hiking Trail (2-3km) starts at the Visitor's Information Centre. The Dikkop Trail (8-13km) starts north of the main gate (first obtain a key at the Visitor's Centre). Panoramic views of Table Mountain.

North of Melkbosstrand on the R27

Booking for the trails can be done at the Koeberg Visitor Centre at telephone no: (021) 550-4021 office hours

BELLVILLE

TYGERBERG NATURE RESERVE
Renosterveld with small dams, and an 8km hiking trails with scenic views, with 115 bird species and picnic facilities.

On the N1

BELLVILLE

Cape FLATS NATURE RESERVE
Private nature reserve with coastal fynbos and standveld.

Modderdam Road, via N2 or Voortrekker Road

DURBANVILLE

DURBANVILLE NATURE RESERVE
Mountain fynbos and renosterveld with rare species. Indigenous plant nursery. Birdwatching, picnicking

27km north of Cape Town on the N1

KUILS RIVER ANDSTELLENBOSCH

VINEYARD TRAIL
Full day's ramble, best in autumn or spring. The longest trail takes the hiker or biker through a series of hills and ridges. It is one of the most scenic and historic wine farming districts in the country. Permits obtained from Stellenbosch Publicity Association.

 

SOMERSET WEST

HEDELBERG FARM HIKING TRAIL
Hiking in the foothills of the Helderberg mountains. Picnicking and overnight facilities.

R44 (between Somerset West and Stellenbosch)

SOMERSET WEST

LOURENS RIVER TRAIL
Easy walks along the banks of the Lourens River, a protected natural area

Via Main Street

SOMERSET WEST

HELDERBERG NATURE RESERVE
Mountain fynbos. Streams and small dams. Good birding, smaller animals. Variety of colour-coded day walks. Restaurant and picnic facilities.

Via Main Street and Lourensford Road

SIR LOWRY'S PASS

CANNON AND WHEEL TRACKS HIKING TRAILS
No permit required

Starts opposite Steenbras Dam entrance, on Sir Lowry's Pass.

STRAND

DICK DENT BIRD SANCTUARY
Sanctuary has a bird hide for ornithologists and photographers.

Off Victoria/Broadway Street

GORDON'S BAY

DANIE MILLER HIKING TRAIL
Scenic mountains hike (7km). The trail from Aurora Drive to the landmark of Gordon's Bay anchor.

Off Aurora Drive

GORDON'S BAY

STEENBRAS RIVER VALLEY TRAIL
Mountain and coastal catchment area, pine plantations. Steenbras Dam and River Gorge with trail down to the coast. Booking and permit required for trail and accomodation.

Access from Clarence Drive (R44) and Steenbras River mouth

TSITSIKAMMA NATIONAL PARK

Otters Hiking Trail Tsitsikamma log cabin

OTTER TRAIL
The age allowed is between 12 to 65 years. A fair degree of fitness is required as there are some steep sections, which together with a backpack can become tiring, especially after a few hours of hiking. One must be prepared to hike up to 13 kilometers a day, over rough terrain, steep ascents and descents and under any weather conditions

.Distances and Durations
The trail is 5 days and 4 nights. The following distances and durations are as follows:

  • Day 1 = 4.8 km (± 2 hours)
  • Day 2 = 7.9 km (± 4 hours)
  • Day 3 = 7.7 km (± 4 hours)
  • Day 4 = 13.8 km (± 6 hours)
  • Day 5 = 6.8 km (± 3 hours)
  • Total Distance = 42.5 km

TeleTel: +27 12 426 5111
Fax: +27 12 343 0905
Bookings

STELLENBOSCH

BANHOEK

Day walk

11km/1 day; average; circular; 24 persons max;

Enquiries: Cape Nature Conservation
Tel: + 27 (0)21 886-5858
Fax: + 27 (0)21 886-6575

STELLENBOSCH

PANORAMA

Day walk

17km/1 day; circular; 24 persons max

Enquiries: Cape Nature Conservation Tel: + 27 (0)21 886-5858 Fax: + 27 (0)21 886-6575 Web:

STELLENBOSCH

Swartboskloof

Day walk

19km/1 day

camp site; 24 persons max

Enquiries: Cape Nature Conservation Tel: + 27 (0)21 886-5858 Fax: + 27 (0)21 886-6575

STELLENBOSCH

Day walk

Day walk Closest Town: Stellenbosch

7, 15 or 24km/ 3 hours-1 day

average

circular

overnight facilities; 40 persons max;

Enquiries: Stellenbosch Publicity Association Tel: + 27 (0)21 883-9633 Fax: + 27 (0)21 883-8017

STELLENBOSCH

   

STELLENBOSCH

   
     

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