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Posted on: Monday, 24 August 2009
South African Hiking Trails

Hike the Hoerikwaggo Trail

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The well known Hoerikwaggo Trail (from the Khoi word meaning ‘mountain in the sea’) is made of different trails taking one on a journey from Table Mountain to Cape Point.  You are guaranteed breathtaking views and fantastic flora.

The trail starts at Table Mountain and passes the highest point of the mountain; Maclears Beacon before continuing to Orange Kloof Forest.  From the forest you carry on towards Silvermine and Kommetjie via Chapman’s Peak.  As you make your way towards Simon’s Town you will walk along the beaches and enjoy the smell of fresh sea air.  The final stop is Cape Point and you can use the destination to explore the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve




Accommodation is provided at eco-friendly camps, built purposefully for the Hoerikwaggo Trail.  Each camp accommodates 12 hikers and therefore limits group sizes to 12.  If you don’t have the time (or energy!) to complete the full trail, then the individual trails are:

Simon’s Town to Cape Point: This is a 1 day trail which starts in Simon’s Town and lets you explore the Table Mountain National Park on your 17km trip to Cape Point.

Table Mountain to Orange Kloof: This family friendly trail takes you from Table Mountain to Orange Kloof National Forest on a 2 day hike.  The 15.4km trip is manageable for the whole family and you will see the Maclears Beacon and the protected Orange Kloof Forest.

Simon’s Town to Chapman’s Peak Trail: Another family friendly option is the 2 day (23km) Simon’s Town to Chapman’s Peak route.  The kids will love over nighting in the Slangkop Tented Camps!

Slangkop to Cape Point Trail: This Hoerikwaggo 32km trail begins at Slangkop, and ends at Cape Point after going through Simon’s Town and Kommetjie.




Orange Kloof Trail: The Orange Kloof Trail is a 2 day or almost 33km hike which starts at Silvermine Dam and ends at Table Mountain after journeying through the Orange Kloof National Forest.

Silvermine Trail: This relaxing 2 day trail starts in Kommetjie, moves through the Silvermine Nature Reserve and ends at Constantia Nek.  The total distance is 35.5kms.

Slangkop Trail: Including overnight accommodation at the Slangkop tented camps, the 33km Slangkop trail includes Silvermine Dam, Chapmans Peak and Red Hill.

Table Mountain Hiking Trail: The 3 day Table Mountain trail starts in the Mother City, letting you explore Table Mountain and Maclears Beacon, and ends at Kirstenbosch Gardens.

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Helen Rushton


After living in London and travelling the world for many years and more recently living in the Mother City, I now reside on a tranquil sugar cane farm in Kearsney; an area steeped in the history of South Africa’s sugar industry. During the summer months I get involved with the community by assisting the local primary school with swimming lessons at our country club. Some of my favourite things are reading or picking freshly grown vegetables and Iceland poppies in our garden. Milly, my boxer loves her walks to the river that runs through our farm and sometimes, Sandy the cat I hand reared, joins us for a stroll!

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