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Cape Town Hiking Trails

Premium hiking sites abound in the Cape Town area and can be done independently or with a qualified guide. Hiking with a guide will give you the opportunity to learn more about the diversity, density of the fynbos vegetation, birdlife, ecosphere and natural history of the region. The Cape Floral Region is a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its status as one of the richest areas for plants in the world. Despite representing less than 0.5% of the area of Africa, it is home to nearly 20% of the continent's flora. This world heritage site displays outstanding ecological and biological processes associated with the Fynbos vegetation, which is unique to the Cape Floral Region

Afton Grove is a tranquil haven in close proximity to some of the hiking trails mentioned below and as with all our information this selection is by no means a comprehensive list but does indicate some of our favourites that are close to the guesthouse. For trustworthy advice regarding the outdoor activities available in and around the Noordhoek area, contact us today.

Cape Town Hikes near Afton Grove:

1. Silvermine Nature Reserve (10 mins drive)

2. Silvermine River Waterfall route (10 mins drive)

3. Kalk Bay Caves (15 minutes drive)

4. Peers Cave, Fish Hoek (10 minutes drive)

5. Cape of Good Hope

6. A sandy walk to the Kom

7. Elsies Peak

8. Chapman's Peak

9. Walking with baboons, Glencairn

Hiking trails less than 20 Minutes Drive from Afton Grove:

Silvermine Nature Reserve

This enjoyable, all-seasons hike takes you through rare indigenous forest to the most splendid viewing positions surveying the Peninsula. The route along the central stream takes you to a mountain reservoir which has its own sense of peace and tranquillity. You can follow these amazing views towards the Constantiaberg with a retreat into a well-known cave known as the Elephants Eye.

Silvermine River Waterfall.

Opposite the entrance to the Silvermine nature reserve is the entrance to the Waterfall route. During winter this route is a must as the volume of water that pours over the waterfall is impressive. The route is really a circular jeep track that touches the mountain edges above Muizenberg, Kalk Bay and Fish Hoek. There is no strenuous effort required and the area is very tranquil. A pleasant light walk of 75 mins round trip.

Kalk Bay Caves

This is one of the best hikes in the peninsula and features a short step hike of about 4km. You start directly above Kalk Bay harbour, on the scenic Boyes Drive and look for the Echo Valley sign which will lead you up to six caves. The caves are safe and well ventilated but take torches, old clothes and some string as they are sandstone caves with sandy floors. An unusual diversion is to go into Boomslang cave which is a short distance of about 100 metres but literally goes completely through the mountain, with most adults having to crawl the last 10 metres.

Peers Cave, Fish Hoek

This short, easy stretch above the dunes in Fish Hoek will take you to Peers Cave, one of Fish Hoek's most important sites. Walking up takes about 20 minutes. This was the site of the 15 000 year old human remains of "Fish Hoek Man" found in 1927 by Victor and Bertram Peers. The cave is now a national monument and affords wonderful views across the valley and a peep in to stone-age history. Parking can be found on 21st Avenue, Fish Hoek.

Cape of Good Hope

The Cape of Good Hope is the south-westernmost point of Africa in the Table Mountain National Park. Enjoy a short walk along the hiking trail from the car park in front of the sign to the top of the mountain. The walk is less than 1km but fairly steep with phenomenal views and the bonus of arriving at the original lighthouse.

Cape Point Nature Reserve

For those with more stamina, hiking in the Cape Point Nature Reserve involves a good six hours of rambling through unspoiled flora and fauna, juxtaposed by beautiful beaches and a welcome sense of remoteness. There are many trails in the park, beautiful beaches and cliff areas to explore as well as spotting antelope, over 1200 species of vegetation and birds such as the Cape Siskin and Cape Sugarbird.

A Sandy Walk to the Kom

Starting along Noordhoek Beach, this scenic beach walk takes you past the wreck of the Kakapo, an unfortunate ship that steamed onto the beach in the early 1900's. Meandering around the next corner reveals Bokram beach, a surfers hideaway close to the quiet resort village of Kommetjie. Further still is a tall lighthouse marking a rocky outcrop known as Slangkoppunt. A superb place to see the sunset.

Elsies Peak

This is a great walk if you are looking for something moderate and not too strenuous. Climb up the steps adjacent to the carpark on Kommetjie road onto the open mountain. The walk is steep in places but well defined with great views of Fish Hoek. The view over False Bay gets better as you reach the summit with panoramic vistas of Simon's Town and Glencairn. Approximately 2 hour hike.

Chapman's Peak