Cape Town Outdoors Guide – 4Feb

Table Mountain Shortcut Dam Viewing

6 February

Come and take the leap and go up from Constantia Nek (quite a challenging ascent), then have tea overlooking Orangekloof, then on to see all five dams and back the way we came. Bring at least 2l water, layered clothing and sunblock. Rain or temp over 30 cancels.

No need to book. Enquiries contact Victoria Wilson on: victoria@voicetrainer.co.za

 

Simonsberg, Stellenbosch

7 February

A steep mountain (1390m) with awesome views, some scrambling and exposure. Ascend in shade – the descent is tough: slippery at a relentless 45 degree angle and hot. No water on the mountain! 8 hrs. Rain (even the night before) and low cloud cancels.

Confirm attendance by email with June McGahey at: june4perfecthealth@gmail.com

 

Alphen, Diep River & Klaasenbosch Trails, Constantia

Sun 7 Feb

A pleasant but steady climb along the Alphen, Diep River Trails and Cecilia Forest to the Lower Contour Path. Enter Kirstenbosch (no charge) and exit at the Rycroft Gate. We then take the Klaasenbosch Trail down, and join the lower section of the Alphen Trail back to the cars.

Contact Larry Jenkins by phone or email: aljie@cybersmart.co.za or 021 712 7759

 

Elsie’s Peak & Brakkloofrant

13 February

Climb the steps and path to Elsie’s Peak. Across the ridge to Brakkloofrant peak, then back down to Fish Hoek. An easy hike, with the option of ice-cream or lunch at a beach-front restaurant. No dogs.

Larry Jenkins by phone or email: aljie@cybersmart.co.za or 021 712 7759

 

Harold Porter Botanical Gardens, Betty’s Bay

13 February

It will be at an easy to moderate pace to get everybody to the waterfalls where we will look for Red Disas. 8 km. Bring 2L water, food and money for permit. You are welcome to join us for drinks after the hike. Rain cancels.

Sam Greyvenstein on 082 498 0361

 

The Boulders Penguin Colony

Welcome to paradise: penguins and beautiful beaches in a seaside village. Penguins live almost exclusively in the southern hemisphere, but yes, you will also find them in South Africa, in the seaside village Simon’s Town in False Bay between Fish Hoek and Cape Point – an easy hour‘s drive from Cape Town. 

February – March: 8am – 6.30pm
April – September: 8am – 5pm
October – November: 8am – 6.30pm

December – January: 7am – 7.30pm
Conservation fee: Adults, R45 adults; children under the age of 12, R20 @ free entrance for WILD card holders.

Sanparks, Tel: (021) 786 2329

 

The Company’s Garden
Featuring a historical city park, a rose garden, a fish pond, an aviary & numerous trees of botanical and historical significance.

Summer: 7am – 7pm & Winter: 7am – 6pm

Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town, Tel: (021) 400 2521

 

De Waal Park
A cool retreat in summer, dogs delight in the pond around the Victorian fountain while the children enjoy themselves in the playground.

Open daily @ 8am – 6pm

Upper Orange Road, Gardens, Cape Town, Tel: (021) 400 2521

Trafalgar Park
This park is situated in Woodstock & is a safe place for children to play.

Open Daily: 8am – 6pm

Corner Victoria Road & Searle Street, Woodstock, Tel: (021) 400 3031

 

Arderne Gardens

The Arderne Gardens, with its Japanese garden, shady glades and romantic nooks, conjures up happy memories for many Capetonians as a place to bring young children or take precious wedding photographs.

Open Daily @ 9am – 4pm

Main Street, Claremont, Tel: (021) 689 4185

 

Rondebosch Park
This is an open park with big trees, and features a variety of flora. There are pathways for gentle walks and its lawns provide ample space for picnics.

Open Daily @ 8am – 6pm

Corner Campground Road & Sandown Roads, Rondebosch, Tel: (021) 689 4185

 

Maynardville Park
This district park features rolling expanses of lawn populated with trees and a vibrant eco-system of birds. The garden includes the famous Maynardville open-air theatre. There is also a water feature and children’s playground.

Opening hours: daily 8am – 6pm
Corner Church & Wolfe Street | Wynberg | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 689 4185

 

Wynberg Park
Wynberg Park is where the spring of the Krakeelwater River begins. This district park features a conifer garden, children’s playground, duck pond, lawns, and ideal for walking dogs, picnics and braais.

Open Daily @ 8am – 6pm

Corner Klaassens & Trovato Link Roads, Wynberg, Tel: (021) 689 4185


Durbanville Rose Garden
This district park is a historical site, and is also home to numerous farm graves. It features 500 varieties of rose bushes. Visitors and tourists are invited to enjoy tea among the rose bushes at the park’s Tea Room on Sundays during flowering season.
Size: 1.5 hectares
Opening daily @ daily 8am – 6pm
Durban Road, Durbanville, Tel: (021) 970 3129

 

Abseil Africa

Enjoy a 112m controlled decent from the top of Table Mountain, not only experience a surge of adrenalin but also witness Cape Town’s beautiful beaches and breathtaking views from above.

R695pp (excluding cable car fee)

www.abseilafrica.co.za, Tel: (021) 424 4760

 

City Rock

When the weather is keeping you inside, go to CityROCK, one of Cape Town’s indoor climbing gyms. With its bouldering cave, lead wall, and 10m high climbing area you won’t even know it’s raining outside. 

21 Anson Street, Observatory, Tel: (021) 447 1326

 

Fynbos Horse Trails

Enjoy a full or half day guided horse tour through the beautiful vineyards beneath the Hawequa Mountains. 

www.fynbostrails.com, Tel: 082 3358132

 

Skydive

Take the leap & experience Cape Town’s beauty from a bird’s eye view.

Tel: 082 8006290, www.skydivecapetown.za.net

 

Shark Zone

The Company specialises in shark cage diving and viewing tours, who pride themselves on service and the best price guarantee.

Tel: 082 8944979, www.sharkzone.co.za