Upcoming Hikes

Hike programs cover a four month period and are published in October, February and June. Every two weeks the upcoming hikes are updated below for ease of reference.

Important notes:

Leaders MUST be contacted before hikes, especially during winter. Hikes may be cancelled due to weather and leaders need to know who to contact if there are cancellations. Two things stand out when we hike these days:

  • the many people enjoying the outdoors and so the need to arrive early in order to find parking; and
  • more significantly, the varying levels of compliance with C-19 guidelines.

 

We urge our hikers to continue complying with the guidelines and, in particular, to wear some form of face mask for as much of the time as possible. Recognising that one does feel the need to remove the mask from time to time, particularly during the more challenging sections of a hike, we offer the following thoughts:

  • increase your distance from others while your or their mask is down;
  • When passing others or being passed, please “mask-up” for those few seconds.

Times

The times indicated in the hiking program are the times that the hikes start/leave from the meeting place. Please be at the meeting point at least 5 minutes before the starting time to allow for enough time to sign in etc. The leader may choose to wait 5 minutes for late comers, but more than this is not fair to the hikers that did arrive on time.

Visitors

The club welcomes visitors to join any of our hikes. We request that you make contact with the leader who will advise you on the suitability of the hike based on your fitness level. Generally, the Saturday Hikes are easier and suited to beginners, whilst Sunday hikes are more strenuous. Visitors to any of our hikes are asked to offer a nominal donation to the club. Currently the amount asked is R50 per visitor.

Saturday 29 June

Klein Tuinkop

Meet: 9:00 AM

Silvermine East Parking Area (Gate 2)

Hike details:

Mostly moderate hiking except for the last bit to the peak of Klein Tuinkop. We will return via a different route.

4-5 Hours

5-8 km

Moderate

Hike Leader

Lizette Leigh

074 462 3496
WhatsApp messages preferred

Sunday 30 June

Kloof Corner Sunset Hike

Meet: 4:00 PM

Go up Tafelberg Road and park at the second parking lot on your left (after the first hairpin bend). Cross the road to the Kloof Nek Water Treatment Plant where you will find a sign marking the start of the trail

Hike details:

We are doing a sunset Kloof Corner hike – very popular tourist destination. It’s a short, 1.9km hike with stunning views of the Twelve Apostles mountain range, Camps Bay, Lion’s Head, the City Bowl and Atlantic Ocean. The last 500m to the contour path is very steep.

The sun sets approximately at 17:30 in June month. Please pack in a headlamp/torch, a warm top (Cape Town’s weather is very unpredictable), hat, sunblock, water and something to nibble on while we watch the sunset.

Dogs are welcome but they must be on a leash with a TMNP permit.

2-3 Hours

<5 km

Moderate

Dogs Allowed (with TMNP permit)

Hike Leader

Tracey Duncan

067 774 7366
(WhatsApp messages only)

Saturday 6 July

Regret no hike

Sunday 7 July

Gantouw Pass

Meet: 8:30 AM

Just off the N2 at the top of Sir Lowry’s Pass

Hike details:

Experience a remarkable chance to explore a National Monument shrouded in intrigue. Traverse the path once trodden by settlers, hauling laden ox wagons. Dating back to as early as 1644, the Gantouw Pass was a vital route until the inauguration of Sir Lowry’s Pass in 1830. The wagons maneuvered over rocky terrain, leaving indelible marks, etching deep grooves into the rock. Join me for this easy hike at an easy pace. Heavy rain cancels.

3-4 Hours

5-8 km

Easy

Hike Leader

Lyn Barker-Veary

082 4141 744
WhatsApp messages preferred

Saturday 13 July

Brakkloofrand to Elsies

Meet: 8:00 AM

Golconda Rd, Glencairn Heights

Hike details:

Shuttle to Stonehaven Estate. Up Brakkloofrand, across to Elsies Peak, traverse around the front and descend to Golconda Rd. Rain cancels.

4-5 Hours

5-8 km

Moderate

Scrambling

Exposure

Hike Leader

Lizette Leigh

074 462 3496
WhatsApp messages preferred

Sunday 14 July

Majik Forest Walk, Durbanville

Meet: 8:00 AM

Vida Cafe at Majik Forest Shopping Centre, Van Riebeeckshof Road, Koelenhof St, Van Riebeeckshof, Cape Town. Meet at 07:45 to start at 08:00

Hike details:

A lovely, easy 40-minute walk through the trees and around the dams. It can be muddy, slippery and wet in certain areas. We need to be on the lookout for bee hives and the mountain bikers as they come down very fast! Your dogs are welcome on the leash.

2-3 Hours

<5 km

Easy

Dogs Allowed (without TMNP permit)

Hike Leader

Tracey Duncan

067 774 7366
(WhatsApp messages only)

Saturday 20 July20

Pelican Park Bird Viewing

Meet: 10:00 AM

Pelican Park. Click here for map.

Hike details:

A very interesting walk amongst ponds very close to where we live, with hundreds of flamingoes, ibis and many other water loving birds.
The path is flat. No hiking gear or boots required. Only a camera, some eats and water.

2-3 Hours

<5 km

Easy

Hike Leader

Les Watson

084 856 1742

Sunday 21 July

King’s Blockhouse to Newlands Ravine circuit around Devil’s Peak

Meet: 8:00 AM

Rhodes Memorial

Hike details:

We will go up to the King’s Blockhouse, then further up towards Mowbray Ridge; however, before the fire lookout and Knife Edge, we take the lower Devil´s Peak traverse around towards the saddle. Break at saddle rock, down steep Newlands Ravine and via contour path back to Rhodes Memorial. Heavy rain cancels.

6 Hours + (Whole Day)

>10 km

Very Strenuous

Scrambling

Exposure

Hike Leader

Sándor Nagy

082 082 0482

Saturday 27 July

Alphen Trail with a difference

Meet: 8:30 AM

Alphen car park behind the hotel on the road side area

Hike details:

Leave from the Alphen car park and head through the forest areas and green belts above Constantia, past a car park, up a few levels, along, up and down, 1 tea stop by a stream and Bananadillers, back thru the forests, great bullrushes and home!

4-5 Hours

>10 km

Moderate

Hike Leader

Chris Taylor

083 294 5845

Sunday 28 July

Elsies Peak

Meet: 8:30 AM

Parking area at the top of Second Avenue, Fish Hoek, opposite Zip Print

Hike details:

We will walk up the Ravine Steps and do a circular hike to the Elsies Peak beacon.

2-3 Hours

<5 km

Moderate

Dogs Allowed (with TMNP permit)

Hike Leader