Top 4 hiking trails in Cape Town September 27th, 2017
Top 4 hiking trails in Cape Town
A walk in the park is one thing, but a wilderness hike is another. The Mother City and its surroundings have so many amazing hiking trails, it's difficult to pick just one. Now, what makes Cape Town so special? Its incredible, awe-inspiring beauty, of course. This beautiful city is located between the iconic Table Mountain and the glimmering Atlantic Ocean which makes Cape Town an ideal hiker’s paradise.
Whether you’re looking for an easy hike, one with a waterfall in the background or an iconic trail, Cape Town has it all. It doesn’t matter which one you’re doing, excellent views are guaranteed. However, it’s important to research the trails before hiking. Some trails are for experienced hikers only while others should be done in groups. And when it comes to safety, hiking in a group might be a better option. Your luggage size also matters as you’ll be carrying your bag the whole way. It’s important to pack an extra jersey or rain jacket because the weather can change quickly on the mountain. You should also pack at least a litre of water, a few snacks and sun protection.
So, as soon as you have all that ready, it’s time to take a look at a few hiking trails.
Are you a local hiker and haven’t been up Lion’s Head yet? Well, then it’s time to make a plan. This popular hiking trail is a landmark that offers a 360-degree view from its summit. And when you’re up there, you can see the City Bowl, Atlantic Seaboard, Robben Island and a beautiful view of the Table Mountain National Park. If you’re someone who loves hiking during the day, this is the perfect trail. However, regular full moon hikes also take place on this trail. Dates of the night hikes are usually posted before the time, so check it out if you want to experience Lion’s Head by night. This hike usually takes an hour to 90 minutes, depending on your fitness and speed. Children are allowed but may find some areas difficult and will need the help of an adult.
This is the perfect trail for those who want to squeeze in a short hike before or after work. To get to Lion’s Head, you should drive up towards Table Mountain in the direction of Camps Bay. You can park your car at the parking lot at the foot of Lion’s Head.
Helderberg Nature Reserve
If a family hike is what you’re after, then this is the one. There are different trails you can take, depending on how far up the mountain you want to go. Informative walks are frequently held throughout the year. So, if you want to know more about the history of the nature reserve and the Helderberg Mountains, attending an informative hike might be the best way to learn more about this reserve. Night hikes also take place but dates are set for these events and you have to contact the reserve office for more information. If you’re finished hiking, you can either enjoy a coffee at the nearby Oak Café or have a picnic on the grass with your family.
This is one of the biggest caves on Table Mountain. This cave can be clearly seen from Woodstock and Salt River. So, if you want to see the beautiful Cape Town city from the top, this is it. You can pack a few snacks, hike up the mountain and enjoy a picnic with a view. The cave can be reached easily and that makes it popular among locals and tourists. If you’re a regular hiker, it’ll take you more than an hour to reach the cave. Although there is some scrambling and roads without shade on the route, it’s a fairly easy hike.
Silvermine Nature Reserve
This is another popular destination for family outings and picnics. Just a few minutes away from Cape Point, Silvermine is one of the easiest hiking trails in Cape Town. You’ll hike along a gravel road that will take you on a full circuit of the nature reserve. You can either follow the main hiking trail or the smaller paths which will take you around the reserve, depending on how long you’re planning to hike for, of course. There’s also the option to climb up to Noordhoek Peak. This will give you the beautiful view the peak has to offer. However, it might be better to experience this by late morning. If you climb up the mountain during the early morning, you’ll be looking into the sun. When you’re finished hiking, you can have a picnic on the edge of the dam in the middle of the reserve. You can also swim there.
There are many more hiking trails in Cape Town. If you’re a new hiker, you can start by checking out one of these four. Remember to pack enough snacks and water. Safety comes first, so it might be best to hike with someone or in a group.