Overnight Cape Point Trail – 2 Days
2 Day Overnight Cape Point Hiking Trail – Cape of Good Hope
To get up close and personal with fynbos, I suggest you hike the first overnight trail developed inside the Cape of Good Hope Nature reserve. The trails starts at the entrance of the reserve and heads off towards the Atlantic Ocean. Before you get to the refreshing beach walk one treks along a lower laying area with a stop along the Sirkelsvlei.
You then make your way past some interesting rock formations. You will see lots of animal life around here, Baboons, Bontebok, Eland, Ostriches and their cute little chicks. This route might be long with 23,3km on the first day but with all the activity and shipwreck’s along this coast surely makes it a must do. The huts are situated below the Vasco Da Gama Peak looking north along the second day’s trail.
Time & Distance: 6-8hrs – 18-20km
You wake up with one of the most breath taking sunrises one could imagine, given that it is a good clear day, the wind is commonly known around Cape Point but you will soon be grateful for when it gets really hot the wind is kind enough to cool you down. The walk is spectacular, Offering you the option of walking along the beach or up on the plateau. Lunch either on the beach or at the visitor centre. There after you make your way towards the old signalling cannon that dates back to early 1800’s. My personal favourite is walking amongst one of 26 species of different types of protea’s found in the reserve called Diastella Divicarta, she is small but endemic to the area and can be seen all year round depending on where it is flowering. This trek takes about 6hrs including stops.
Looking towards the Point you can see the folding process that gave name to the Cape Folded Mountains, dramatic twisting and bending of landmass protruding from the ocean. The hike comes to an end at the gate, if you have always wondered what the fuss is about come and see for yourself.
Time & Distance: 5-6hrs – 10.5km