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8th November 2010 – 5:18 pm

Of course everyone has heard of Table Mountain, Cape Town’s famous landmark but not so many are aware that there is great hiking all over the Cape Peninsula.  Unfortunately most visitors dont have a week or more in Cape Town and therefore only have time for one day of walking.  However if you are lucky enough to have more time here then you might want to think about exploring Silvermine Nature Reserve .
This area just south of the city is seldom visited by tourists and has so much offer without quite the same effort as Table Mountain requires.  There are a variety of routes from easy strolls to more taxing hikes, panoramic views, intricate rock formations and pristine fynbos.  After your hike you can take a dip in the Silvermine Reservoir and enjoy the tranquility and unique setting.
Some of my suggestions are –
Start at the reservoir and hike to Noordhoek Peak is a spectacular view point and easily reached. With a little more exertion head for the Elephants Eye cave and look down on the Constantia Valley.
Hike the river walk and admire the huge variety of fynbos and indigenous trees along the trail.  On reaching the reservoir take the easy boardwalk all the way around before taking the plunge.
Hike to the ‘Amphitheatre’ through Echo Valley and take your break here in this naturally sculpted arena.  Head down through  the indigenous forest of Spes Bona or extend to Mimetes Valley and admire the magnificent views over False Bay and all the way to Cape Point.
So if you are here for a little longer I hope you will have time to spend at Silvermine – unfortunately no silver was ever found here but there is a whole lot else!

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