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Other hikes in the Table Mountain National Park

8th December 2007 – 4:27 pm

As well as Table Mountain itself there are many other great places to hike in the Cape Peninsula.   Mentioned on the website are Silvermine Nature Reserve and the Karbonkelberg in Hout Bay.  Silvermine others a wide variety of options with great scenery and views and a fascinating landscape of rock formations and fynbos.  Walk beside the Silvermine River before heading upwards to Noordhoek peak, one of the best view points in the peninsula.  Detour on the way down to the Elephant’s Eye cave and look down the the Constantia Valley.   Return to the beautiful Silvermine Reservoir for a swim before returning to the river for a shady walk back to the start point.
The Karbonkelberg offers a relatively easy walk to see a shipwreck and also enjoy the incredible sight of the Atlantic coastline  all the way through to Table Bay and beyond.  Look across the whole of Table Mountain and Hout Bay and admire the majestic Chapman’s Peak with its sheer rockface.   This walk is one of the great secrets of Cape Town and is seldom walked except by a few locals.
Also worth mentioning is the walk across Chapman’s Peak, unlike the road this route never closes and is best done point to point, south to north, starting at Noordhoek and finishing at Hout Bay’s  historic East Fort.   This route starts with a tough climb to the top of Chapman’s Peak itself but the reward at the top does not disappoint.  From here one follows the coastline around the bay, looking across the the Sentinal and the Karbonkelberg with Little Lion’s Head and Table Mountain surrounding the Hout Bay valley –  breathtaking!
A longer drive down the peninsula and at the end of the Table Mountain chain is the impressive Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve.  Here there are a number of short walks available like the walk from Cape Point to the Cape of Good Hope.  However if you have the time you can walk the full length of the reserve mostly along the magnificent coastline with views of False Bay across to Cape Hangklip.   This walk is one of the best you can do anywhere in the world.  From Booi se Skerm you turn inland and reach Kanomkop where an old signal cannon is positioned.   Pass below the impressive peaks of Judas, Boer and Paulsberg before arriving at the entrance gate – 15 kilometres from the start point.
Remember the Table Mountain chain has a lot to offer hikers and although it is hard to beat Table Mountain there are many other great walks you can do.  So try to stay a little longer to take it all in – you won’t regret it!

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