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October 29, 2009

Table Mountain as you’ve never seen it before

The Hoerikwaggo Trail

The Khoisan word hoerikwaggo, meaning “mountain in the sea”, perfectly describes the setting around Table Mountain. See this for yourself – there’s no better way to discover the Cape mountains than hiking the Hoerikwaggo Trail.

The five-night, six-day trail runs from the city centre, through the Table Mountain National Park, to Cape Point. If the 100km hike is a bit daunting, hikers can book for three-day, two-day or one-night hikes on the trail. They can also choose from three overnight tented camps at Slangkop Point (above Hout Bay), Orange Kloof (near the Kommetjie Lighthouse) or Silvermine (below Noordhoek Peak).

Bronwen D’Oliveira spent her birthday at the Silvermine camp with friends, booking the entire camp for the night to ensure exclusive use of the venue.

“The camp is self catering, so we planned a delicious braai for the evening and lazy brunch for the Sunday,” D’Oliveira says. “There is a good size table, fridge, good space for preparing food and a gas stove. The area is set on a large wooden deck with a fantastic outdoor braai pit under a gorgeous big tree.”

The tented camps are designed to have little environmental impact, but you can expect fully-equipped kitchens, hot water and open fires.

“The best thing was that when the gates closed in the evening, we were the only people in the reserve and at the dam. This made swimming in the ‘Coca-Cola’ water very special,” says D’Oliveira.

“I’d definitely do this again. In fact, I might be brave enough to do the two-day hike and stay overnight in the Orange Kloof camp.”

There are a variety of hikes to choose from, so visit Hoerikwaggo Trails, call +27 21 422 2816 or e-mail hoerikwaggobookings@sanparks.org for more information.

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