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April 14, 2010

Camping on the Hoerikwaggo Trail

Hoerikwaggo Trail

The camp. Photos by Lara Morrison

Hoerikwaggo Trail

Smitswinkel Bay tented camp, Hoerikwaggo Trail, South Africa National Parks An hour from the Cape Town city centre and straight into a beautifully designed tented camp under the Swartkop Mountain – what a great way to spend the weekend.

We’d signed up to sample the latest SANParks’ overnight stay as part of the Hoerikwaggo Trail.

Stay one night, or for the five-night, six-day trail, or like us, opt for a longer stay and hop over to Cape Point Nature Reserve for walking and animal spotting.

Boulders Beach is within 10 minutes’ drive of the reserve and is a great spot for children to swim and play alongside the resident penguins. Our Wild Card membership proved to be an added bonus as we didn’t have to pay entrance fees to either Boulders Beach or Cape Point.

At night, we ate under the stars and stayed warm by the campfire, then straight to our spacious tents with our own bathrooms and the best showers ever. The camps are built from timber felled and milled in the Table Mountain National Park and met the high standards of the architect in our party.

You truly feel as if you’ve been transported out of the city.

Read more about the trail at www.hoerikwaggotrail.org.

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