OUR TOP 5 HIKING SPOTS IN CAPE TOWN

If the inner-city hustle and bustle is getting too much for you or you simply need to disconnect from reality for a bit, there really is nothing more rejuvenating than a hike in mother nature.

 

Thankfully Cape Town is home to many wonderful hiking trails. In this post, we are going to share our Top 5 with you.

 

LIONS HEAD

 

We had to start off with the most iconic route.

 

Day and night people stream up and down this popular hike which offers the most magnificent views of the city. Everyone should do this at least once, preferably on a day with clear skies to allow you a view of Robbin Island.

 

LEVEL: Moderate
DURATION: +- 1 ½ hours

 

THE PIPE TRACK

 

This walk starts at the junction of Tafelberg Road and Kloof Nek. The Pipe Track is precisely what it says: a path constructed to service a pipeline running below the series of peaks known as the Twelve Apostles. In several places, the path is very stony, but it is an easily accessible and popular walk, with many locals making regular use of certain sections.

 

This route is best enjoyed early on summer mornings and especially during winter when many of its protea species are in bloom.

 

LEVEL: Easy/Moderate
DURATION: +- 4 ½ hours

 

 

CRYSTAL POOLS

 

Another relatively easy route and part of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, Crystal Pools offers hikers breathtaking views as well as swimming spots to cool down in.

 

Pre-booking is advised, permits are R65 per person, and gate times are from sunrise to sunset.

 

LEVEL: Moderate
DURATION: 2-4 hours

 

 

NEWLANDS FOREST

 

The dog-friendly and relatively shaded trails are great for the family. There are numerous tracks to choose from including sights like the ruins of Lady Anne Barnard’s cottage and Rhodes Memorial.

 

With great picnic spots on offer as well as the Rhodes Memorial Restuarant, an early morning hike with a spot of brunch or lunch makes for the perfect day out!

 

LEVEL: Moderate
DURATION: 3 hours

 

 

OLIFANTSBOS SHIPWRECK TRAIL

 

At the risk of repeating ourselves, this is another easy hike for the whole family.

 

The Thomas T. Tucker Shipwreck Trail will have you following the yellow flagged markers along the trail down to the beach. With this amazing sea view and wildlife galore, it’s not only a fun day out but educational too!

 

LEVEL: Easy
DURATION:
1 ½ hours

 

 

Some hiking tips to remember…

 

What to wear:

  • comfortable, breathable clothing
  • hat and sunscreen
  • hiking shoes

 

What to pack:

  • snacks/ lunch
  • lots of liquids/ water
  • swimming costume
  • extra socks
  • towel
  • camera
  • warm top

 

Rules for Personal Security:

  • Do not attract unwanted attention by openly displaying cash, cameras or other valuables.
  • If you are confronted by a criminal, don’t resist. Handover your goods as resistance might incite a mugger to violence.
  • Program emergency numbers in your cell phone before your hike.

 

 

Of course, there are plenty of other hikes to enjoy but why not get started on one of these, this weekend? Just grab your mates, pack your kit and off you go.

 

Happy hiking!

 

The Point Team x

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