July 14, 2014
Unearthing the Cape: 4 Caves With Ridiculously Beautiful Views
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Why are caves cool? There's a kind of primordial, beauty to them. Especially the fourth of these, the burial site of a 12,000 year old cave-man! This list has been hand selected for the most glorious views in Cape Town and surrounds. Ready to unearth the ancient beauty of the Mother City?
Check out our 4 top caves with spectacular views, starting with...
1. Elephant's Eye
Silvermine Nature reserve is home to lynx, porcupine, tortoise, grysbok, baboon, black eagles and genet, as well as stupendous beauty, birdlife and the Cape's famous fynbos flora (including the iconic South African Protea).
Take the route either from the Tokai Arboretum by signing in at the thatch gate, or from the Tokai Lookout, accessed from the car park at the Silvermine reservoir. It's a 2 hour walk to the Elephant's Eye Cave.
The cave is roofed by emerald ferns and the vineyards of Contstantia stretch as far as the eye can see!
2. The Chapman's Peak Look Out Cave
Chapman's Peak Drive, the outrageously gorgeous 9km route with lovey 114 curves, leads from Hout Bay through to Noordhoek. Just below the lookout point, a secret hideout awaits!
The ocean expands into the horizon whilst alongside you sheer rock falls into the lapping waves.
The sunsets are crushingly beautiful from here.
3. Woodstock Cave
A thick crack 50m wide and 15m deep in the breastbone of Table Mountain, zigzag up the rocky contour paths from either Tafelberg Road or up the path around the mountain starting from The Rhodes Memorial.
It's about a 1 hour walk. to the cave, and the rewards are spectacular.
4. Peer's Cave
When archaelogist Victor Peers first entered Peer's Cave, he found Khoi San rock art on the walls and abandoned stone tools from an ancient age. Deeper within, he found the bones of 9 people's scared burial ground, the most famous of whom - "Fish Hoek Man" - was nearly 12,000 years old!
Explore up the dunes starting above 19th Avenue for a rewarding hike with unreal views of the surrounding landscape. No wonder the ancients thought it was a holy place!
What do you think of our hole in the earth beauties? Tweet us your comments @CapeTownTourism. You might also want to discover more about caving in Cape Town. Want a list of tour operators for an adventure of mind as well as body? Contact Cape Town Tourism on +27 (0)21 487 6800 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org!