Cape of Good Hope Hike
Day 1 Cape Town
Arrive at any time. Welcome to Cape Town. Your day is free until this evening when you will meet your CEO and fellow travellers at a welcome meeting. Please check the hotel notice board for the time and location of this important meeting.
Day 2 Noordhoek (1B, 1L)
This morning you'll pack your needs for the day in a day pack. Your main luggage will be transported by luggage vehicle and waiting for you on arrival. Start the week with a hike up one of the world's most recognisable mountains, Table Mountain. Standing at 1087 metres (3566 ft.), from the summit there are views down into Cape Town and the surrounding coastline. Along the way there are some steep climbs along a hike of around 5 hours, but the views from the top make it all worthwhile. The hike passes several reservoirs en route, and above the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens before descending through forest to Constantia Nek. After the hike, transfer to Noordhoek for the night. Table Mountain to Constantia Nek Approximate distance: 10km/6.2mi Estimated hiking time: 5-6 hrs Ascent: 700m (2,297 ft) Descent: 700m (2,297 ft)
Day 3 Noordhoek (1B, 1L)
Returning to Constanzia Nek, begin hiking on the Vlakkenberg Trail, walking through an area known locally as 'fynbos', the name given to the heathland around the Western Cape region. There are a number of ascents and descents today, following the route parallel to Houts Bay Valley and along past old mine shafts. After watching the views along the coast, follow the road on the Chapman's Peak Road, heading for the highest point for views down to the Noordhoek Valley below. Today's hiking has two major ascent, and is the longest day on the tour, with a full day's hiking of around 9 hours. Vlakkenburg Trail Approximate distance: 11km/6.8mi Estimated hiking time: 9-10 hrs Ascent: 500m (1,640 ft) Descent: 500m (1,640 ft)
Day 4 Simon's Town (1B, 1L)
Today is a gentler day of walking, crossing from the Atlantic coast over to False Bay. The day begins with a walk along the coast of Long Beach before heading back to the ascents. On our way to the peak of Slangkop we visit the township Ocean View and enjoy a home cooked Cape Malayan dish with a local family. This is a great way to interact with locals and get to know more information about the area. Ocean View was originally built during the ‘Forced Removals’ as a result of the ‘proclamation’ of 1967 which declared Simon’s Town a White group area. To work off this delicious lunch, trek over the Slangkop, surroundeed again by 'fynbos'. After trekking to the Ouplass Dam, continue into Simonstown. Overnight at a guesthouse in Simonstown directly by the sea and the famous penguins. Noordhoek to Simonstown Approximate distance: 6km/3.7mi Estimated hiking time: 5 hrs Ascent: 280m (919 ft) Descent: 280m (919 ft)
Day 5 Simon's Town (1B, 1L)
We start the morning with a visit to the African penguins in Simon’s Town. Also known as "jackass" penguins, these birds never fail to delight and amuse. Depending on the time of year you visit, you may witness the birds nesting, mating, swimming or chicks hatching. Our days hiking starts out with the challenging hike up Swartkop (1457 metres, 4780 ft.). This is the toughest climb of the week, but you will be rewarded with the finest views of the whole trip. Descending across a narrow ridge, head for Smitswinkel Bay, after some tough hiking with several ascents and descents. Return to Simon's Town for the night. Swartkop Approximate distance: 4km/3.7mi Estimated hiking time: 6 hrs Ascent: 680m (2,230 ft) Descent: 680m (2,230 ft)
Day 6 Cape Town (1B, 1L)
The week of hiking ends on a real highlight, a day hiking in Cape Point National Park. A full hike of 6 hours starts at the northernmost point and continues all the way down to False Bay. In a change from the flora heavy days at the beginning of the hike, Cape Point NP is full with varied wildlife. A variety of birdlife, from sea birds to giant raptors wheeling overheard, can be seen easily. In the summer months (July- September) keep an eye out for Southern Right Whales out to sea. Following the hike, return via the Cape of Good Hope to Cape Town. Cape Point National Park Approximate distance: 5km/3.1mi Estimated hiking time: 6 hrs
Day 7 Cape Town (1B)
Depart at any time.