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October 14, 2013

A day pioneering the Hoerikwaggo Trail

The Hoerikwaggo Trail in the Table Mountain National Park is one of the most scenic hiking trails in Cape Town. The route takes you all the way from Table Mountain to Cape Point. Last week we took a break from the city to be one-with-nature and gain some new perspective, by travelling in the footsteps of the Cape’s ancestors.

The trail is an intense journey that ranges from two to five day hikes, and for this reason it is so important that you prepare well in advance. And to make things easier for you, we've listed a few 'must-haves' when planning your adventure on the Hoerikwaggo Trail.

Getting started

There are a number of self-catering tented camps within the trail, so before you set-off for the hike make sure your accommodation is booked. You'll need a place to rest for the night, have dinner and recharge before taking on the challenges of the next day. The reserve has set-up the following accommodation facilities along the trail:

  • Smitswinkel
  • Silvermine
  • Slangkop
  • Orangekloof

SANparks also has an online tool that allows you to check availability at all of the camp sites before planning your hike. 

We stayed over at the eco-friendly Orangekloof tented camp, that accommodated all 10 hikers comfortably. The camp has a cosy braai area, self-catering kitchen/dining area with utensils as well as warm water in the showers - score!

What to bring

Whether you're preparing for the two-day or five-day hike, you are going to need good walking shoes or boots - that's for sure. Other than that you'll also need to pack:

  • food for the duration of your stay, including energy snacks to keep yourself from burning out before you get to the rest camp
  • weather-proof hiking gear
  • water bottles
  • sunscreen
  • a cap or hat
  • a comfortable bag, preferably a backpack, to hold your essentials
  • your own towel, as the tented camps do not offer towels

We've added a little extra 'essential' to our list, a camera. As you end off the trail, you'll pass through the Orange Kloof Afromontane Forest which promises some of the most fantastic forest experiences - something we had to capture on film. 

Some important information to note: 

The Cape of Good Hope daily conservation fees of R90 per person are excluded from your accommodation fee. Holders of the TMNP limited entry card or Wild Card may use their valid card in lieu of the conservation fees. For more information on the trail and to plan your hike, contact any of our tour operators in the area. Happy hiking!

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