Cape of Good Hope Trail
This is a two-day/one-night hiking trail. It 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. The 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.
Fees: R88 per person for the hiking trail accommodation plus the daily conservation fee that is payable on the day of arrival at the Main Gate.
Check-in/out time: Gates open at 06:00 October to March, and at 07:00 April to September; no entry will be allowed before this time. Hikers must arrive before 09:00 to ensure the hike will be completed in daylight. Departure from the hut by 09:00 the following day.
Bookings: Buffelsfontein Visitor Centre on 021 7809204 during office hours,
Accommodation in the
Table Mountain National Park
Although the Table Mountain National Park is primarily a day-visit park there are several options to stay overnight in the park or spend a holiday here:
A unique getaway, located deep in the southern part of the Cape of Good Hope. It offers guests complete seclusion right on the beach. The main cottage offers 3 double rooms, a fully kitted kitchen, a bathroom with a gas-fuelled geyser and an open plan lounge and dining area complete with a cozy fireplace. Patio and braai area with a boardwalk leading to the beach. For larger groups there is an annex that sleeps an additional 6 people. The annex has its own bathroom. Linen is provided. As the light are solar powered and water is sourced from tanks guests are asked to conserve energy and water.
Eland and Duiker Cottages
Ideal for family holidays the Eland and Duiker Cottages are situated in the Cape of Good Hope section of the Park. Both are electrified, offer fully equipped kitchens and linen is provided. Eland Cottage sleeps six people with one master bedroom and two bedrooms each furnished with two beds. There is an open plan kitchen/ lounge area and an enclosed patio with a jet master fireplace. Duiker Cottage sleeps six people with one master bedroom and two bedrooms each furnished with two beds. There is an open plan kitchen/ lounge area with a jet-master fire place in the lounge. Duiker has its own boma and braai area.
Bookings: Buffelsfontein Visitor Centre on ++27 (0)21 7809204 between 09:00 to 16:00, Monday to Thursday and 09:00 to 15:00 on Friday’s. Telephonic reservations are recommended.
Wood Owl Cottage
This beautifully restored foresters cottage is situated in the heart of the Tokai Pine Plantation on the slopes of the Constantiaberg. Its central location offers guests the best of both worlds - easy access to the City and the seclusion of the Park and nearby hiking/ mountain bike trails. It is fully equipped and offers three double, en suite bedrooms with an open plan kitchen living area with a fireplace. Separate TV room. Patio and braai area. The cottage has a telephone and is cleaned daily.
Bookings: TMNP Tokai Office on ++27 (0)21 7127471. Telephonic reservations are recommended.
Table Mountain National Park
Hiking in the
Table Mountain National Park is a magnificent walking Park with exciting trails for all levels of walkers. 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 Constantaiburg 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.
Which ever route you choose there are a few universal rules that apply to all:
Always take a map - Peter Slingsby's maps, endorsed by the TMNP, are comprehensive and excellent. They are available from most major bookshops. Guide books by Mike Lundy are also a good choice.
Never walk alone - join a hiking club or take a group of friends - the mountain has many moods and it is easy to get lost or sustain and injury.
Always leave enough time for your walk to enable you to be down before dark.
Ensure that the route you have chosen matches your abilities.
Stick to the paths and pay attention to all signage.
As the weather on the peninsula can change three times in a day always ensure you have warm/wet weather gear, a sun hat, water, sun block and an energy snack.
Wear good hiking shoes.
Punch 021 480 7700 into your mobile.
Always let someone know where you are going and how long you intend to be.
If you get lost, seek shelter close by and stay where you are. If you have followed the tip above someone will find you.
Please don't litter.
Please don't feed animals or pick flowers.
Fires are only permitted in designated braai areas.