The Cape of Good Hope trail and the Hoerikwaggo trail are overnight hikes through the magnificent Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve.

Some of us are caught up in our everyday lives and commitments. We go through the same boring routine day in and day out, waiting for the weekend to fly by before we start it all over again. While we’re busy doing this, we’re dreaming of just getting away and being surrounded by nature and breath-taking views while taking in the fresh air and answering to no one.

So where can you go to make this dream come true? The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve offers a couple of overnight hikes through stunning wilderness, which will take your mind off your daily routine, leaving you feeling relaxed.

The Cape of Good Hope Trail begins and ends at the Cape Point entrance and is a one night, two-day hike that covers a 33.8-kilometre circular route through the reserve. Through the untouched wilderness and pristine beaches, there’s a chance to see wildlife in their natural surroundings, as well as an abundance of stunning birds and flowers.

The trail stops overnight at the Rooikrans cottages, overlooking the Cape Point coastline. Firewood for braais can be arranged, and the cottages have solar-powered lighting and warm water for showers. Cutlery, crockery and a two-plate stove is provided.

If one day away isn’t enough, there’s the breath-taking Hoerikwaggo Trail. Named after the Khoisan word for Table Mountain, translating to “Mountain in the Sea,” this trail lets you venture both sides of the peninsula.  The epic five days and four nights trail starts at the Southern tip of the peninsula, all the way to the fringe of the Cape Town CDB. Starting off in the Cape Point bushlands, the trail winds its way North through four picturesque self-catering tented campsites which can accommodate up to 12 people.

All bookings and arrangements must be made prior to arrival at the park. Hikers are recommended to have at least a moderate level of fitness to enjoy the hikes, as they are expected to walk approximately 15 kilometres per day.

Equipment Required:

  • Good Hiking or walking shoes
  • Water bottles or hydration packs
  • Backpack
  • Snacks
  • Weather-proof gear for all seasons, even in summer
  • Maps, particularly important for those doing the Hoerikwaggo Trail, which does not have directional signage.

Read more about the Table Mountain hikes. For more information you can visit Cape Point South Africa, or South Africa National Parks (SANParks).