Hikes

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.

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 R20 per visitor.

Saturday, 29 June 2019

Delvera Vineyard Trail

Meet: 9:00 AM

Entrance to Rhodes Memorial.

Hike details:

The Delvera wine estate is just off the N1 on the R44 to Stellenbosch https://www.delvera.co.za The trail, operated by Dirtopia http://www.dirtopia.co.za/index.php/delvera-trails , covers some 10km and takes in Klapmutskop with views of Table Mountain and the Cape Winelands. R50 for the hike permit which includes a coffee. Well enjoy some lunch and wine tasting after the hike.

Cornel Schutte

072 161 9366

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Sat, 20 July

Around Lion’s Head

Meet: 1:00 PM

Kloof Nek Parking area

Hike details:

From Kloof Nek to Signal Hill and then back via the lower contour path.

Urs Huber

084 713 5545

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Sun, 21 July

Constantiaberg

Meet: 8:00 AM

Reservoir Parking Area Silvermine, Gate 1

Hike details:

Hike will take us from car park to top of Blackburn Ravine from where we will ascend the western shoulder of Constantiaberg.This section has hints of strenuous mixed in with the majority of the moderate. Having acheived the summit we can wander around the area to enjoy the all round panoramic mountain vistas. The return path will take us down the eastern shoulder passing the Elephants Eye along the way.

Ewen Smith

073 799 9109

Sat, 27 July

Kasteelberg

Meet: 7:00 AM

Rhodes Memorial (Lower Car Park)

Hike details:

Trail starts at the Pulpit Rock Winery outside Riebeek West. It ascends from the winery to a neck with an optional scramble to a vantage point. Tea will be had at the neck. There is a path all the way, cairned in necessary places.

Peter Philips

076 232 6990

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Sun, 28 July

Klein Tuinkop

Meet: 8:30 AM

Silvermine Gate 3 – Sunbird Centre

Hike details:

We will ascend Klein Tuinkop via Klein-Tuinkloof and the Amphitheatre. Dogs with TMNP permit welcome.

Max Brock

082 938 4442

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Sat, 3 August

Newlands Forest

Meet: 9:00 AM

Rhodes memorial parking area

Hike details:

A moderate ramble in the Forest. Suitably fit and well-socialised dogs with TMNP permits, water and poo-bags are welcome.

Urs Huber

084 713 5545

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Sun, 4 August

Corridor Ravine and Tranquillity Cracks

Meet: 8:30 AM

Theresa Avenue Camps Bay

Hike details:

We head up the jeep road and turn right, hike along the pipe track and up Corridor Ravine. Then left to find Tranquillity Cracks . After exploring the area and lunch we return via Kasteelspoort. Rehydration spot by vote.

Ian Pearce

084 6244 691 or
021 794 5989

Sat, 10 August

Simon’s Town to Smitswinkel Bay

Meet: 8:30 AM

Cnr Jan Smuts Dr and Churchill, Simon’s Town

Hike details:

We will follow the route up to Swartkop (678m high), then on to Smitswinkel. (we will need to park some cars at the end).

Marco Bauer

084 370 8855

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Sun, 11 August

Wolfkop, Steenberg and Muizenberg Peaks

Meet: 8:30 AM

Silvermine East, non paying side

Hike details:

Circular route all on path.

Peter Philips

076 232 6990

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Sat, 17 August

Du Toit’s Kop, Mont Rochele, Franschhoek

Meet: 7:00 AM

Lower Rhodes Memorial Car Park

Hike details:

A circular route starting in the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve at the top of the Franschhoek Pass.

Peter Philips

076 232 6990

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Sun, 18 August

Forest and Cave

Meet: 8:00 AM

110 Boyes Drive

Hike details:

From the meeting place we will hike up the old Mule Track above Kalk Bay and continue the ascent up Spes Bona Forest to then enter Boomslang Cave from the Fish Hoek side. Once through the cave which will be a bit sandy and require some illumination, torches, headlamps etc we will return to the cars via Echo valley and the Mule Track. There will be little bits of what maybe described as strenuous along the way, also clothing may get a bit grubby when crawling out of the cave.

Ewen Smith

073 799 9109

Sat, 24 August

Princess Vlei Eco Hike

Meet: 10:00 AM

Princess Vlei Parking area, off the M5 opposite Grassy Park

Hike details:

An easy ramble round Princess Vlei, learning about the history, ecology and cultural significance of the vlei and current plans for its restoration. Option of ending with a visit to the adjacent organic market for coffee and koeksisters or lunch.

Colleen Saunders

083 450 9094

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Sun, 25 August

Hole in the Wall

Meet: 8:30 AM

Constantia Nek parking area

Hike details:

We ascend via the stepped path, and then along the jeep road to de Villiers Dam. From the dam we use Karen’s book ‘Off the beaten track’ to find the real Hole in the wall. Then we make a circular route back to the road and down to the Nek.

Ian Pearce

084 6244 691 or
021 794 5989

Sat, 31 August

West Coast National Park

Meet: 6:00 AM

Table View Mall near PnP (Cnr. Otto du Plessis Dive and Baauwberg
Road)

Hike details:

Celebrate Spring and enjoy the West Coast flowers with a varied day out at this
National Park some 120km from the City. We’ll target getting to the entrance gate around opening time, 7:00 AM, as it is quite busy at this time of year (Wild Card or R54 conservation fee). A half an hour’s drive through the Park will take us to Tsaarsbank for breakfast. Bring your ingredients, cooking utensils and a gas braai if you have one. We’ll have a back-up fire in case there is not enough gas braai space.

Regrettably, I was not able to book hiking space, but once the Postberg section opens at 9:00 a.m., we’ll spend the rest of the morning driving around and enjoying the flowers, finishing off with a picnic lunch at the magnificent view point over the Langebaan Lagoon.

After lunch we backtrack by car to the Geelbek Visitors Centre for one of the day walks on offer.

Cornel Schutte

072 161 9366

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