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Nature Walks

Peers Cave is an archaeological site of our Stone Age ancestors dating back some 12000 years and lies across the valley. It can be accessed via 21st Avenue, Fish Hoek or Ou Kaapse Weg (M64).

Trappieskop (“The Saddle”) is accessible from either Clovelly Road in Clovelly or from the Kalk Bay side. There’s also a trail that leads up to the Beacon above Clovelly and from this high vantage point you can see all the way to Cape Point.

The Blockhouse is accessible from Simonstown on the road just opposite Boulders Beach and takes you to the ruins of an old English Fort.

Muizenberg Peak can be accessed via stone steps on Boyes Drive above Muizenberg, or Silvermine Nature Reserve on Ou Kaapseweg. The Peak is 507m high.

The Sentinel is Hout Bay’s most famous mountain and looks out over the venue for South Africa’s Big Wave Surfing spot, ‘Dungeons’. A 20 minute walk around the foot of The Sentinel will get you close enough to see and hear these monstrous swells crashing out at sea.

Table Mountain can be accessed from the Cape Town side via Platteklip Gorge (starting from Tafelberg Road) and the Pipe Track (starting from Kloof Nek). Other popular routes are Nursery Ravine and Skeleton Gorge.

Tokai Forest is a Pine and Gum forest with arboretum (living tree museum). A steep walk will take you to Elephant’s Eye Cave on Constantiaberg. Once there, the panoramic views are spectacular.

Lion’s Head is a beautiful walk through mountain fynbos with silver trees to the top (669m high). Access to the steep section at the top is facilitated by steel ladders.

Silvermine River Trail is a small, pleasant daily trail which has 150 bird and 22 mammal species recorded. Accessible through the South side of the Silvermine estuary at the bridge on Main Road (M4).

Elsie’s Peak is accessed via The Outspan on Kommertjie Road, or Hillside Rd/Highway Rd.

Silvermine Nature Reserve offers various hiking trails: On the eastern side there is Silvermine river and waterfall. On the western side there is access to Elephants Eye Cave, Tokai lookout, Hout Bay view site and Noordhoek Ridge lookout. Here there are also shady picnic sites.

Please note: If you are doing these as self-guided walks, please take a map.

5 Day Weather Forecast for Cape Town

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04/24 10%
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Partly cloudy. High 19C. Winds NW at 15 to 25 km/h.
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04/25 80%
Gusty winds developing. Partly cloudy skies giving way to cloudy skies with periods of rain in the afternoon. High near 20C. NNW winds at 10 to 15 km/h, increasing to 25 to 40 km/h. Chance of rain 80%. Winds could occasionally gust over 65 km/h.
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04/26 90%
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Windy. Showers early with clearing later in the day. High 18C. Winds NW at 30 to 50 km/h. Chance of rain 90%. Winds could occasionally gust over 65 km/h.
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04/27 10%
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Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 18C. Winds NNW at 15 to 30 km/h.
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04/28 10%
Sunshine and some clouds. High 19C. E winds shifting to SW at 15 to 30 km/h.
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