The Hoerikwaggo Table Mountain 2 to 5 Day Hikes
Hike the endless secrets of Table Mountain National Park to enjoy the best of Cape Fauna and Flora with fantastic views over the Cape Peninsula
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Uncover the endless secrets of Table Mountain National Park while enjoying the best of Cape Fauna and Flora with fantastic views over the Cape Peninsula, mountains and indigenous forest. Hike the ancient trails meandering through exotic Fynbos and patches of Afromontane forest from Table Mountain to the Cape of Good Hope.
The Cape Peninsula, where sea, sky and the mountains meet is a world waiting to be explored. Spend a wonderful night in modern and comfortable tented accommodation and discover the magic of Table Mountain with our experienced Hiking Guides.
A visit to Cape Town is incomplete without a hike up Table Mountain. Rising to just over one thousand metres directly from sea level. Table Mountain ranks in status alongside famous African giants such as Kilimanjaro and the Atlas Mountains.
The Hoerikwaggo Trail is a five day / four night trail between Cape Point, in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and the Western Table of Table Mountain close to the outskirts of the City of Cape Town. The whole trail is within the Table Mountain National Park and offers a challenging trek with stunning views of both the False Bay coast and the Atlantic seaboard.
The name, “Hoerikwaggo” comes from the original Khoi Khoi name for Table Mountain, meaning “The Mountain in the Sea”
The terrain that the trail covers includes cliff paths, steep ascents and descents as well as beach walking and some undulating mountain paths. The trail follows a designated path which is generally well marked at most of the strategic intersections. It does not have regular route markers all along the way and it is very possible to take a wrong turn or deviate from the set route, particularly in bad weather. Most of the days are reasonably strenuous, requiring a good level of fitness, yet it is a route that the regular and very fit hiker would not find too challenging.
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About your Experience
TOTAL LENGTH: 87.9km
Day 1: Cape Town – Orange Kloof Forest
Distance: 18.4 km ( /- 8 to 9 hours walk) BLD
After an early breakfast you will be met by your local guides. We then take a short drive to the foot of Table Mountain and begin our adventure up Platteklip (flat stone) Gorge to the upper cable station. From here, we make our way towards the coastal town of Hout Bay and arrive at our destination in the late afternoon. We overnight in a picturesque, tented camp nestled in the ancient Afromontane forest of Orange Kloof. The camp was built using alien wood sourced from within the Park and embraces the philosophy of “touching the earth lightly”. Relax in style and comfort, enjoy a hot shower, an open fire and the overwhelming silence of the restricted Orange Kloof forest.
Day 2: Orange Kloof Forest – Silvermine/Orange Kloof
Distance: 17.5 km ( /- 7 to 8 hours walk) BLD
After a peaceful night at the Disa River, we head off after breakfast through abundant fauna and flora, that will sooth and charm your soul, to traverse the Constantiaberg and Vlakkeberg with maginificent views over the Cape Peninsula. We arrive at our camp in the afternoon to relax and enjoy our evening meal together. As a result of the fires in March 2015 Silvermine tented camp was burnt down. If the camp is not reopened by the time you book we will do a circular walk and spend the night back at Orangekloof Tented Camp, overlooking False Bay.
Day 3: Orangekloof – Kommetjie
Distance: 18 km ( /- 8 to 9 hours walk) BLD
Due to fire damage, AWOL will provide transfers to the next section of the trail. After a hearty breakfast we make our way up Chapmans Peak, which offers magnificent views from Table Mountain to Cape Point, down to Noordhoek beach. PS Sections of this trail are closed so may require transfers or walking on Chapmans Peak Drive. The remainder of the day is spent walking along the beach with the fresh smell of the ocean sharpening your senses. Be on the lookout for Oystercatchers, Otters, as well as whales and dolphins. We head all the way to Kommetjie, where we spend the night.
Day 4: Kommetjie – Smitswinkel / Cape Point Cottages
Distance: 17 km ( /- 7 to 8 hours walk) BLD
From Kommetjie we make our way to the Old Wireless Station and hike up Slangkop via Grootkop and eventually arrive at either the Smitswinkel luxury tented camp or the Cape Point Cottages. Spend the night on a secluded stone cottage on a farm near Cape Point with pristine mountain scenery. Guests have the option of either being supplied all ingredients to doing own braai (BBQ) or having Hot meals delivered to your cottage.
Day 5: Smitswinkel Bay – Cape Point - Cape Town
Distance: 17 km ( /- 7 to 8 hours walk) BL
After we have enjoyed our breakfast together, we hike into the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. From the entrance gate of the reserve we hike along through fabulous fynbos landscapes all the way to Cape Point. We pass along picturesque beaches like Bordjiesdrif, Buffels bay and Rooikrans and we will also see the Da Gama Cross from a distance. At Cape Point our adventure comes to an end and we drive back to your hotel in Cape Town.
Disclaimer: Trail may be done in reverse depending on accommodation availability at the time of booking. Accommodation may vary depending on availability at the time of booking.
- Transport to and from the start and end of trail
- Permit into Orange Kloof and Disa Gorge
- Luggage and overnight gear ported by vehicle
- Shuttling hikers on sections of the trail that are closed
- Four nights’ accommodation in the Tented Camps & secluded farm cottages
- Bedding provided by AWOL Tours (Sleeping bag, pillow & towel)
- 5 day Table Mountain Trail guided hike from Slangkop Lighthouse via Silvermine Dam to lower cableway station, Table Mountain National Park
- All meals including two day pack with lunch, snacks and water, dinner and breakfast
- International flight
- Items of a personal nature
In the heart of Table Mountain National Park’s ancient Afromontane forest is the luxurious Orange Kloof tented camp. Tented accommodation is an understatement. These exclusive permanent “tents” are weather proofed and built on raised wooden walkways connected to the boma and outdoor bathrooms, complete with hot showers and flush toilets.
There are four tented camps. They are comfortable, permanent structures, originally built as part of the proposed Hoerikwaggo Trail, from Cape Point to Table Mountain.
The camps are situated at Orangekloof, Silvermine, Slangkop Lighthouse (Kommetjie) and at Smitswinkel Bay, near the entrance to Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. There is access by vehicle to all the camps, with special arrangements having to be made to get to the Orangekloof camp, as it is in a restricted area. Although they are all situated on the Hoerikwaggo Hiking Trail, you do not have to be walking the Trail to book the facility.
The camps sleep up to twelve people in mostly two man tents, although Orangekloof and Silvermine each have one four sleeper. The tents are booked per unit, not per person. The tents are comfortable fixed structure with floors and external covering over the canvas. Each camp is unique in design, to fit in with the environment and take local conditions in to account. Except for the camp at Smitswinkel Bay, there are communal ablution facilities with hot showers. The Smitswinkel tents each have en-suite facilities. The beds are comfortable pine beds with good mattresses, but no linen is provided.
Each camp has a fully equipped central cooking area and braai (BBQ) facility. These are all unique, with slightly different configuration and cooking equipment. Generally they are sufficiently equipped to cater for most catering requirements. Unless you have booked the whole camp you will be sharing facilities with others, some of whom may be hikers and some of whom just there for the accommodation.
What to bring
The Table Mountain Trail is a portaged, guided and catered hiking trail on Table Mountain. All your food and overnight gear will be ferried between camps. You will need:
Day bag for carrying own water and lunch
Overnight bag to be pottered (not more than 25kg)
Hiking trousers, shorts
Hiking shirts, warm clothes
Rain jacket or wind breaker
Personal hygienic items
Shoes: preferably proper hiking boots or trainers with good grip suitable for hiking
Sun protection, hat, sun screen
Head lamp or torch
A book to read
Camera and spare batteries/charger (PS not all camps have electricity)
Sleeping bag, pillow and towels are provided by AWOL Tours, but you can bring your own if you prefer.
There are no extra accommodation options for this Experience. Please contact us for accommodation options before and after your trip
There are no optional activities features for this Experience. Please contact us if you would like us to enquire further
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for 2 people sharing