The Peninsula Mountain range stretches 50km from Table Mountain to the Cape of Good Hope, the South Western tip of Africa.
This walk begins by ascending Table Mountain and ends at Cape Point traversing the Peninsula Mountain chain that has been incorporated into the new Table Mountain National Park. This is an important part of the Cape Floral Kingdom and incorporates 2,600 species of flowering plants, which is more than found in the whole of the UK, as well as being home to small mammal and beautiful bird species.
The walk provides stunning and dramatic views across “the two oceans” – The Atlantic Ocean and False Bay. It includes walks across beautiful white beaches and along spectacular cliffs. It affords views of Robben Island, Cape Town city, and the wine lands as well as sweeping views of the mountains across False Bay.
While days are spent walking above the city in pristine fynbos, nights are spent in the comfort of well-appointed hotels and lodges, allowing participants to enjoy the famous Cape cuisine and warm hospitality.
The emphasis is on enjoying world class walking while learning about the unique flora, geology and ecology of the Cape Peninsula Mountains. The walk is fully supported by vehicle, so that participants need carry only the most basic requirements of water and foul weather clothing while their luggage is transported to that night’s accommodation. We stay in wonderful hotels, eat great food and walk through a National Park on one of the most scenic routes in the world.
Day 1: Table Mountain to Constantia Nek
Our walk begins at the base of Table Mountain – perhaps the most recognizable mountain in the world. Our ascent is steep and straight up to Maclear’s Beacon – the highest point on the mountain at 1086 meters (3563 ft) ASL. The ascent presents wonderful views across the city of Cape Town, Lion’s Head and Table Bay. Once on The Table the views shift to the Hottentots Holland Mountains and False Bay. The trail meanders along the eastern side of the back table, above Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, past the historical dams and descends through the forests to Constantia Nek and straight into that night’s accommodation. This is a comfortable 5-hour walk with very steep ascents. Accommodation: Silvermist Mountain Lodge.
Day 2: Constantia Nek to Noordhoek Beach
After breakfast our walk begins right outside the lodge, where we ascend the Vlakkenberg Trail filled with beautiful fynbos, and travel parallel to and above the Hout Bay Valley, passing the old Manganese Mines and descending toward Chapman’s Peak Drive before ascending into the beautiful Blackburn Ravine. The trail follows the cliffs and provides beautiful views across Hout Bay onto The Sentinel and Karbonkelberg. Finally we pull up-and-over Chapman’s Peak, suddenly obtaining views onto Long Beach and the Noordhoek Valley all the way to the Slangkop Lighthouse. This is the longest day, requiring approximately nine and a half hours to complete. Other than the steep ascent up Chapman’s Peak and the short pull into Blackburn Ravine, there are no major ascents. Accommodation: Monkey Valley Beach Nature Resort.
Day 3: Noordhoek Beach to Simonstown
The midway walk is a relaxed and easy route, which takes us over from the Atlantic Coast onto The False Bay coast. First we walk across the exquisite Long Beach at Noordhoek, past the wreck of The Kakapo and then over the Slangkop Mountain. Once up the mountain we again leave all traces of civilization behind and disappear into a wonderland of indigenous fynbos and the lovely Ouplaas Dam. From here we descend the old mule track into Simonstown, arriving with plenty of time to explore this quaint historical town. This is an easy 5-hour walk. Accommodation: The Quayside Hotel.
Day 4: Simonstown to Smitswinkel Bay
We ascend Swartkop, the 3rd highest peak on the peninsula range and follow the knife-edge until we descend to Smitswinkel Bay. The first ascent is arduous but rewarded by the most inspiring views. There are a further two short steep ascents and a very steep and spectacular descent. Today is probably the toughest day of walking but is certainly one of the most spectacular walks in Southern Africa. A tough ascent and tougher descent. A total of 6 hours of indescribably magnificent walking. Accommodation: Cape Point Cottage or Quayside Hotel.
Day 5: Smitswinkel Bay to Cape Point
Considered by many to be the most beautiful walk in South Africa. Day Five provides a spectacular ending to a superb walk. Today’s walk takes us from the northern boundary of the famous Cape Point National Park along cliffs and beaches on False Bay, to the Cape Point where the currents of The Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. The walk presents breathtaking views from dizzying cliffs above the ocean sweeping across to The Point as well as aspects showing both False Bay and The Atlantic Ocean simultaneously.
During the months July to October Southern Right Whales are often seen along this section of the walk. The birding along this section of the walk is excellent, with good opportunities to see various sea birds (Gulls, Terns, Cormorants & Gannets) as well as Ostriches, Orange Breasted Sunbirds, Ground Woodpeckers, Bokmakiris and possibly raptors such as Jackal Buzzards. There is also a healthy population of large mammals in this park that may be seen while walking. This includes species such as the rare Cape Mountain Zebra, Chacma Baboon, Red Hartebeets, Bontebok and Eland.
A challenging 6-hour walk.
Day 1: Table Mountain
Estimated walking distance 9 km (5.6 miles). Estimated walking time 6-7 hours. Altitude ranges from about 200 m (656 ft) ASL to 1087 m (3568 ft) ASL. Ascend from 350m (1149 ft) to 1087m over 1.2km (0.75 miles) and then descend to 200m ASL over 8km (5 miles).
Note: Participants can take Cable Car instead of walking up Platteklip Gorge. This takes off a vertical 700 m and about 1.5 hr.
Day 2: Chapman’s Peak
Estimated walking distance 16 km (10 miles). Estimated walking time 8-9 hours. Altitude ranges from about 200 m (656 ft) ASL to 593 m (1946 ft) ASL.
Day 3: Kleinplaas Dam
Estimated walking distance 14 km (9 miles). Estimated walking time 5-6 hours. Altitude ranges from Sea Level to 280 m (920 ft) ASL. The walk begins and ends at Sea Level.
Day 4: Swartkop
Estimated walking distance 8 km (5 miles). Estimated walking time 6-7 hours. Altitude ranges from about 100m (328 ft) ASL to 641 m (2104 ft) ASL.
Day 5: Cape Point Nature Reserve
Estimated walking distance 13 km (8 miles). Estimated walking time 6-7 hours. Altitude ranges from Sea Level to about 300 m (985 ft) ASL.
Notes: This is a walk. No ropes or technical assistance is required. However participants must be fit. The route includes one day of 9-hours walking (if necessary this can be reduced by starting further along the trail) as well as several very steep ascents. The ascent up Table Mountain can be avoided by ascending by way of the cable car (weather permitting). Choice of accommodation may differ if the above-mentioned establishments are unavailable or participants request alternative accommodation.
What to bring on the Mountains in the Sea walk:
- Comfortable walking shoes/boots
- Comfortable loose fitting clothes
- A warm fleece
- Rain protection
- Sunscreen (plenty)
- Lip Balm
- Prescription drugs (if required)
- A hat
- Camera & spare batteries/charger
- Day-pack (minimum 18 liters)
- Water bottles (minimum 2 liters)
- Trekking pole(s)
- Blister pack
- Contact lenses & lens fluid (only if you wear them dummy!!!!)
- A cheerful outlook, intellectual curiosity and eagerness to have fun.
Please note that we also arrange add-ons to this walk that are just as amazing - we offer a walking safari in The Greater Kruger National Park, or a wine lands tour, or a whale watching tour.
Also please note that proceeds from this tour are used to support a conservation project that is providing employment to previously unemployed people who are eradicating invasive alien vegetation which threatens the unique world-heritage flora of the area.
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