The Cape Town walking holiday overview:
Walking is the best way to explore and get a feel for a new destination. It allows you to immerse yourself in the ambiance of your destination and jump feet first into the true essence of a place. On The Cape Town walking holiday we will spend our mornings exploring the natural wonders of the Cape Peninsula and then have a little cultural adventure after lunch. Perhaps a wine tasting or a walk in an artsy neighborhood, there’s just so much on offer in Cape Town. Come and experience the Cape Town walking holiday and walk where the Capetonians walk.
Day 1 - The Camissa
Once we’ve shaken the dust off our feet from our travels to Cape Town and settled into our rooms, we will have a light lunch at our accommodation . After lunch we will go over the walking holiday program and answer any questions that you might have with regards the program . Once all the fomalities are out of the way, we can relax and have the opportunity to meet our fellow walkers and the tour host. Around 2:30 pm we will head out on the first walk of the Cape Town walking holiday. This is a lovely walk, from the foot of Table mountain, all the way down the hill to the beautiful Company gardens. Following the route of the Fresh river, we track the flow and history of the origins of Cape Town . A combination of history, nature and folklore makes this walk the perfect way to start the Cape Town walking holiday
Duration : 3 hours
Terrain : mostly downhill, mixture of gravel and asphalt surface
Day 2 - Table mountain
Today is all about the grand old lady of Cape Town , Table mountain. After breakfast we will head up to the aerial cable way and ascend the mountain; no strenuous uphill hiking involved , after all this is a holiday not a boot camp. Our plan involves circumnavigating the ‘front table’ of the summit and a little side adventure to Echo valley. From the upper station, we head east along the back edge of the “Table”, aiming for Maclear’s Beacon,the highest point on Table Mountain. Here,in contrast to the bustle on the western edge where the upper station is located, you can get a real sense of how much nature still exists on Table Mountain . From there, we head across to the dramatic front edge of the mountain and trace the cliff edge all the way back to the upper station, completing a near circle of the famous Table. The walk offers mountain fynbos, the interesting geological history of the mountain and incredible panoramic views across Table Bay and the distant Cape Fold belt mountains. A great morning full of interesting stories and incredbile nature. After completing our walk. we descend the mountain to grab a light lunch at a eatery before making our way to Woodstock , the creative suburb of Cape Town, for our cultural adventure.
Duration: 3 hours
Terrain : mostly level terrain , well defined rock and gravel trail
Day 3 - Cape of Good Hope
This morning we make an early start to beat the wind and the crowds out at the Cape of Good Hope nature reserve .The scenery at Cape Point is truly spectacular; white-sand beaches, rugged cliffs, dramatic drops, bizarre rock formations, fynbos vegetation and marine life. The wildlife at the park is also quite impressive; ostriches, different antelopes, mongooses, zebras, tortoises, dolphins, and even whales in season, in other words, Cape Point is a perfect place to do some walking. We start our circle walk from the old Cape Point lighthouse and make our way inland from the ocean to Vasco Da Gama peak and cross the strandveldt vegetation to Platboom bay from where we will circle back along the coast pass Maclears beach, the Cape of Good Hope , Dias beach and eventually back up to our starting point. The walk is focussed around the shoreline and marine ecology but also includes a variety of views and the dominant strandveldt vegetation, . After our walk we will travel to Kalk Bay for lunch. After lunch we take a walk along the sea and have an oppurtunity to visit numerous boutiques, crafts markets, antiques, galleries and shops. Walk along the pier of Kalk Bay Harbour to see colourful fishing vessels, Cape Fur seals, seabirds and the local fish market and then we follow the beach walkway to Muizenberg Beach which is considered to be the birthplace of surfing in South Africa . A day jampacked with highlights and experiences.
Walk duration : 4 hours
Terrain: mostly level, a few uphill climbs, sand, gravel and shoreline
Day 4 - Silvermine
After another great breakfast we head off to Silvermine Nature Reserve, which is located in the central section of the Table Mountain National Park . In 1675 it was thought that these mountains contained silver; shafts were sunk to try to find it. but alas no silver was found but the name has stuck. This is a scenic walk through fynbos that ends with a breath-taking view over False Bay, Hout Bay harbour, Chapman’s Peak drive and the ocean stretching out into the distance. We cross over to the other side of Constantia mountain tfor breathtaking views of the Constantia wine valley and to visit the famous Elephants eye cave before heading back to our starting point. After our walk we head down into the Constantia wine valley, for lunch at one of the local wineries and to sample some of the wines, for our cultural adventure. A walk in the vineyards is a must do if visiting these parts.
Walk duration : 3.5 hours
Day 5 - Kirstenbosch
Our last day has arrived but there is still one walk left on our itinerary; a visit to Cape Town wouldn’t be complete without a stroll around one of the most famous botanical gardens in the world, a fitting end to The Cape Town walking holiday. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is world renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table mountain. Kirstenbosch grows only indigenous South African plants and is a paradise waiting to be explored by us on foot. Our day starts with breakfast, after which we load our luggage into our vehicle, as we won’t be returning to our accommadtion after our walk. A short drive brings us to Kirstenbosch by 8am, ready to start our walk. The Kirstenbosch walk will be completed by 10am , ready for transfers to Cape Town international airport; or if you wsh to be dropped off at another accommadation , we will be happy to oblige. And so, sadly, the end has arrived, come and join us for an unforgettable 5 days on The Cape Town walking holiday , an experience you will never regret or forget.
Walk duration : 2 hours
Terrain : level ground with a one short hill , paved pathways.