The Western Cape is lucky to have mountains and various landscapes that make the realm a path runner’s dream. With the quite a few interlocking tracks, the chances are countless. We requested Robert Henning from Pacer Operating to share his native perception into his favourite trails across the Cape.
1. Mont Rochelle, Franschhoek
Start: Predominant gate of the Mont Rochelle nature reserve (entry R50)
Problem: 6-8 / 10
Route: With a big number of mountain climbing trails, a few of that are solely 2 km lengthy, to the 13 km lengthy Perdekop and DuToitskop routes. The Mont Rochelle nature reserve is a part of the UNESCO-declared Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve and provides spectacular views of the Franschoek Valley.
Problem: 6-8 / 10
2. Pipe Observe, Kasteelspoort, Desk Mountain
Start: Car parking zone Kloof Nek
Route: From the parking zone it goes on the pipe observe in direction of Camps Bay. As soon as on the pipe route, some choices result in the highest of the hall gorge. A well-liked path to the summit is by way of Kasteelspoort. From right here you possibly can discover the dams in entrance of you, the 12 Apostles on the suitable or left within the course of the Platteklip Gorge and the cable automotive. The latter is a good selection if you wish to take within the views from Platteklip or take the cable automotive down for those who’re too drained.
3. Contour path to the Blockhouse, Desk Mountain
Start: Kloof nook parking zone.
Route: Up Kloof Nook and alongside the contour path to the King’s Blockhouse. From there you possibly can both flip round and return the identical manner or stroll down Tafelbergstrasse and again. An alternative choice is alongside the gravel roads above the Rhodes Memorial.
4. Newlands Forest, Desk Mountain
Start: Newlands Forest Parking Lot
Problem: Diverse (from 3-8 / 10)
Route: There are such a lot of to select from relying in your stage of expertise and the extent of issue you need to sort out. The paths are fairly effectively marked. Robert’s favorites are the mountain bike routes in direction of Kirstenbosch alongside the Silvertree trails. From there, flip onto the contour path, again to the Newlands facet and proper down a path simply earlier than the Newlands picnic space. This leads immediately again to the parking zone.
5. Cecelia Forest / Constantia Nek to De Villiers Dam, Desk Mountain
Start: Car parking zone Constantia Nek.
Route: Stroll up the gravel street for about 100 earlier than going up a staircase to the left and following the course to the jeep observe. The trail intersects with the jeep route and takes you in direction of the De Villiers dam. After a number of km you’ll attain the dam. From there you possibly can take the jeep observe or the Rooikat-Kloof again to the Cecelia forest and again previous the Cecelia waterfall.
6. Silver mine to Constantiaberg
Start: Silver Mine Gate A (R50)
Route: From the principle parking zone (keep in mind to convey R50 for the character conservation entrance), comply with the indicators to the Constantiaberg summit. On the best way you may make a brief detour to the Elephant’s Eye, from which you may have some breathtaking views of the higher Cape City space.
7. Stellenbosch mountain
start: Coetzenberg sports activities subject, between the Danie Craven Stadium and the sports activities science constructing.
Route: There are such a lot of choices to take. You’ll be able to follow the decrease trails alongside the mountain whereas sticking to the mountain bike trails and the notorious ‘G-spot’. From there it goes on to Eden in Paradyskloof or a little bit additional to the Mont Marie MTB trails. In case you’re in search of a problem, the Stellenbosch Mountain Summit may be tackled. However watch out, there are some rocks so concern of heights will not assist.
8. Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch
Start: Jonkershoek Reserve principal gait (R50 entry)
Problem: from 5-9 / 10
Route: So many routes to select from, comparable to a neater path to the waterfall for a refreshing however chilly bathe. The ten km lengthy panoramic round route begins and ends on the hairpin of the valley tour. This panorama route provides spectacular views of the valley on well-developed paths. Hit the paths in winter if you wish to see some snow.
9. Majik Forest, Durbanville
Start: Majik forest gate (above or beneath).
Problem: 5-6 / 10
Route: From simply 2km across the decrease dams or a full 10km to the highest of the Majik Forest behind the Protea Valley, the Majik Forest is a favourite haven for a lot of from the suburbs.
10. Tygerberg Nature Reserve, Bellville
Start: Predominant gate of the Tygerberg nature reserve, Welgemoed (R15)
Problem: 4-6 / 10
Routes: There are about 13 km of routes within the reserve, the longest single route being the three.6 km lengthy Golden Mole Path. The routes are comparatively calm, which makes it an excellent path operating spot throughout the metropolis limits.
Those that are fascinated by path operating ought to check out the 13 summit route.
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Footage: Robert Henning