Hiking in Cape Town
Cape Town is a beautiful city surrounded by national parks, the winelands and the Atlantic Ocean allowing locals and visitors to get up close with Mother Nature. We have compiled a list of our favourite one-day hiking trails in and around Cape Town where you can go for a stroll or a serious hike and enjoy the beautiful city.
Lion’s Head is situated in the heart of Cape Town and stretches 669 metres above sea level overlooking the city, Robben Island, Table Mountain, the Cape winelands, Franschhoek, Table Bay, False Bay and the beautiful Clifton and Camps Bay beaches. The climb to the top is roughly an hour and a half and is a fairly steep walk followed by some rock climbing assisted with ladders and a few chains. There are slightly longer routes for those who do not wish to climb the ladders and use the chains. Those who are more daring can enjoy the hike just before sunset and join hundreds of locals and visitors for the famous full moon hike.
Difficulty: 3/5 Number of routes: 2
The hike begins on the Table Mountain road, about 3 kilometres past the cableway, and offers spectacular views of the city and its surrounding areas. Other routes begin at Newlands Ravine and Mowbray Ridge and range between 2.5 – 4 hours. The hike is quite challenging but the views and the forest scenery on the Newlands route will be worth the effort. Remember to look out for drosera cistiflora, a star-shaped sticky carnivorous flower that can be found near water.
Difficulty: 4/5 Number of routes: 3
The cave is easily accessible and can be seen from De Waal Drive when driving along the mountain. The view from the cave and the flowers along the route make this hike worthwhile. Make a day of it and pack a picnic to enjoy once you reach the cave.
This hike is a bit more challenging compared to the other listed above and can take up to 6 hours to complete, depending on which route you take. Silvermine was declares as part of the Table Mountain National Park which will ensure the natural beauty of the fauna and flora will be conserved. Silvermine is a perfect trail to enjoy a picnic, so remember to pack lunch when you find a spot to relax. There are about a hundred species of birds around the different routes and some tortoises have been spotted along the trail.
Difficulty: 5/5 Number of routes: 3
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