Teacher in Charge: Ms G. Petersen

Sunday, 8 September 2019. Cape Point Nature Reserve. Olifantsbos shipwreck trail up to the inland ridge and along Sirkelsvlei (circular route).

Cape Point has an intriguing, albeit somewhat sombre, maritime history, and the shipwreck trails at Cape Point take you to the heart of the action. The shoreline is littered with wrecks from years gone by, and while major shipping accidents along this coastline are thankfully a thing of the past, their presence on the peninsula’s beaches make for a fascinating journey into an altogether different era. Two main variations of the famous shipwreck trail offer unparalleled views into this turbulent time in Cape Point’s history, and each are worth exploring.

The shipwreck trails at Cape Point start and end from the Olifantsbos parking area, which is clearly signposted from the main road running through Cape Point.

 


24 August 2019 – Kylemore Mountain Waterfall Hike

You might think of hiking as a summer activity, but there are some magnificent winter hikes too. The landscape is lush and green after some good rain, and there are few things as magical as the waterfalls that spring up all around the city. Here are some of the winter hikes in and around Cape Town where you can see waterfalls.

Cecilia Forest in Cape Town is a beautiful part of Constantia in which to walk. There are a number of routes to choose from, the most popular of which begins at the Cecilia Forest car park where Rhodes and Hohenhort Drives meet.

This walk is circular and although most of it is flat and easy, you do need to be aware of where the path leads. If you reach a fork where one road heads back and down to the left, whilst the other continues round to the right, you know you’ve erred. But a lot of people walk this particular Cecilia Forest walk, so follow the odd group and you should easily manage.

A different route is to head to Cecilia Forest’s waterfall. This walk is achieved both via the above-mentioned car park, or from Kirstenbosch. The latter heads up past the dam above the gardens and onto the ridge where, once on the contour path you follow signs to Rooikatkloof and subsequently to Cecilia Ravine.

The waterfall is down in the forest area and quite a contrast to the rather dry and hot parts through which you walk to reach it. A stop here is well worth it, the water icy and the coolness of the forest beautiful.

This is a popular walk with hikers, although more difficult than the many ambles you can follow by remaining on the contour paths from Cecilia Forest car park through to Newlands Forest in Newlands.

Cecelia Forest – 17 August 2019