Cape Peninsula - Day Hikes in and around Cape Town

Cape Peninsula - Day Hikes in and around Cape Town
Credits: Peninsula Ramblers

Hiking around the Cape Peninsula will give you a much clearer picture of the geography and topography of the fairest Cape. Belonging to a good hiking club has a number of distinct advantages. Take Peninsula Ramblers, for instance. Peninsula Ramblers is a club established over 60 years ago and it is run and managed by a group of very enthusiastic hikers. 

To join them is extremely reasonable – R20 joining fee plus an annual membership of R50 for a single person and R70 for a family. 

Peninsula Ramblers organise a whole string of interesting hikes from “easy”, through “moderate” to “strenuous”. 

Here are some of the hikes they have planned for September 2010.


Sunday 5 September: Beach walk

Melkbos to Koeberg and back. Meet at 14h30 in the first parking lot after turning right from Sixth Avenue onto Beach Road. The Hike will be along the beach towards Koeberg and back. Bring snacks and water, money for optional dinner / drinks; cozzie for a swim.
Duration: About 3 hours
Fitness level: Easy to moderate
Leader: Mecheal +27 82 640 1268


Weekend 11 to 12 September: Black Eagle Gorge

Camping in the Klein Swartberg near Caledon, with some hacking of aliens and hikes and walks to suit everyone. Booking essential. Phone or email for details.

Saturday 11th September 2010: Koeberg Nature Reserve 

A hike with a difference with Peninsula Ramblers. Visit the zebras and grysbokke in the rugged fynbos on the 9,5 km Dikkop trail. Either your Identity Book or Passport will allow you through the entrance. Meet at 12h30 for 12h45 under the covered parking (preferably wearing boots and gaiters) with adequate water, hat, snack for the beach break, and rainwear. Contact Ron if you want to share transport.
Duration: 3 – 3,5 hours
Fitness level: Moderate
Leader: Ron Heath +27 21 552 3637 / +27 83 459 9992


Saturday 18 September: Table Mountain front contour path

Enjoy a slow, leisurely hike with Peninsula Ramblers from the upper Kloof Nek parking area to the beacon under Kloof corner. Thereafter a moderate hike along the upper contour path, past Platteklip for snacks at Silverstream . Down the traverse via the Zigzags to Tafelberg Road. Meet at Kloof Nek upper parking at 12h30 to allow time to shuttle cars from Kloof Nek to the end of Tafelberg Road.
Duration: 3,5 hours
Fitness level: Moderate. Slow pace.
Leader: Ron Heath +27 21 552 3637 /+27 83 459 9992


Sunday 26 September: Valley of the Red Gods

Longish ramble around the back table, ascending Diagonal and Porcupine Ravine and down Kasteelspoort. Meet at Theresa Ave at 08h00. Prepare for a full day out in this lovely area. Definitely not for beginners.
Duration: 6 - 7 hours
Fitness level: Strenuous, some rock scrambling
Leader: Colin Attwell +27 83 656 7121
If you are new to hiking then start on the “easy” rated hikes and work your way up. See Peninsula Ramblers Get Out There page.

Peninsula Ramblers have a very good website where you can get a better understanding of hiking and details on how to join.




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