Hikes and trails

Mountain walking is great

Easy walk in Glencairn
  • as part of a holiday
  • as a day off
  • as a once-off outing.

But it’s best as a lifestyle!

Mountain walking is the natural way to lose weight, get fit, meet people, clear your head and think again. Cape Mountain & Field can show you 50 (fifty!) graded options from easy starts to classic scrambles before you rope up and climb.

Easy Starters (1 to 2 hours, flat)

  • Flower, stream and waterfall, Silvermine (Proteas, ericas, sunbirds)
  • Time warp, Peers Cave (30 000 year-old real estate)
  • The Eye of the Elephant, Silvermine (a thinkers view)
  • Strandloper (Coast walk), Cape Point (shipwrecks, sea birds, stone age middens, rock pools)
  • Animal tracks, Cape Point open veld (Bontebok, Eland, Red Hartebeest, wild Ostrich, Baboon)

Going up (2 – 3 hours, inclined)

St Paul's Peak, Cape Point
  • Gifkommetjie and Hoek van Bobbejaan (wild and wonderful )
  • Baskloof (mountain, fynbos and the whole southern Atlantic ocean)
  • Panorama, Silvermine (a view beyond imagining)
  • Kleintuinkop, Silvermine (not a small garden)
  • Vlakkenberg (wine and wonderful)

Getting confident (3 – 4 hours, getting steeper)

  • Manganese Mine, Hout Bay (some history, some geology)
  • Constantiaberg, Silvermine (to the mast, the easy way)
  • Judas and St Paul, Cape Point (can such views be real?)
  • Cecilia’s secrets, Cecilia Forest (forest, waterfall and rocky ridge)
  • Chapman’s Peak, Noordhoek (drive? What drive?)

Getting stronger (3 – 5 hours, ups and downs)

Protea cynaroides on Table Mountain
  • Hidden caves and valleys, Muizenberg (caving, fynbos)
  • Orbit Devil’s Peak, Rhodes Memorial (up a ravine, over a saddle and round the other side)
  • Klaasjagersberg, Scarborough (path optional)
  • Tranquility Cracks, Camps Bay (“woody” you’ll understand, but why “corridor”?)
  • Skeleton Gorge, dam and nursery, Kirstenbosch (forest, ravines, history and a huge staircase)

Getting braver (4 – 6 hours, welcome to rock scrambling)

  • Smuts’s Track, Kirstenbosch (famous for a reason)
  • Constantia Corner, Constantia Nek (start scrambling and maybe sit on the camel’s back)
  • Spilhaus Ridge, Kirstenbosch (short and sharp)
  • Agatha’s Gulley, Constantia Nek (not your average walk in the park)
  • Diagonal, Camps Bay (now we’re climbing)

Getting bolder (5 – 7 hours, getting used to heights)

Disa uniflora in Myburgh's Waterfall Ravine
  • Grootkop’s Yellowwood Traverse, Camps Bay (a chimney, a room with a view, the Earth’s curve)
  • Devil’s Peak via Mowbray Ridge, Rhodes Memorial (is this really a path?)
  • Myburgh’s Disas, Hout Bay (best in January and February, see Llandudno as never before)
  • India Venster, Tafelberg Road (what a feeling!)
  • Nursery Buttress, Kirstenbosch (yes you can, really)

Going further (6 – 8 hours, long and high)

  • Duiker Ridge, Sandy Bay (nearby but away from it all)
  • Blind Gully, Camps Bay (how do you get there?)
  • Wood Buttress, Camps Bay (we will rock you)
  • Three Firs, Camps Bay (big air)
  • Blackburn Ravine via Noordhoek and Chapman’s Peaks, Silvermine (beauty beyond singing)

Walk forever (7 – 8 hours, now you’re fit, height exposure not an issue)

  • Around the dams, Constantia Nek (stress less)

    Hikers rest in Disa Gorge
  • MacLear’s Beacon, Echo Valley, Disa Gorge, Kirstenbosch (the grand circle, best in January or February)
  • Swartkop to Smitswinkel bay, Simonstown (beautiful up, breathtaking down)
  • Smitswinkel Flats, Cape Point (birds, beasts and beauty)
  • Nek to Nek, Kloof Nek/Constantia Nek (forests, waterfalls, the big easy)

Away from the Mother City (full day trips to other Cape mountains)

  • Panorama Path, Jonkershoek (stupendous)
  • Kogelberg Trail, Betty’s Bay (smell the fynbos, swim in the river)
  • Rockhopper, Bain’s Kloof (boulder hop down the Witte River)
  • Kurktrekker to Swartboskloof, Jonkershoek (is this the Cape or Switzerland?)
  • Helderberg Dome, Somerset West (a peak experience)

    Pic Sans Nom, Jonkershoek

Overnighters (carry a pack, swim in the rivers, live big)

  • Orchards Route, Grabouw (deep in the Franschhoek Mountains)
  • Greyton to McGregor, Greyton (deep in the Riviersonderend Mountains)
  • Boosmansbos, Grootvadersbos (wilderness trail)
  • Arangieskop, Robertson (up where the eagle flies)
  • Grootwinterhoek, Porterville (wilderness trail)