Cape Triple Hikes
Cape Triple Hikes is an 11 day (10 nights) escorted hiking holiday to experience three different regions in the Western Cape, South Africa. Explore Cape Town highlights such as Table Mountain and Cape Point, the Cederberg mountains and the Elgin Green mountain and vineyards. It is an ideal holiday for first time visitors to the Western Cape who enjoy hiking.
Type Guided walk & minibus transfers (Except 2 days) Location Cederberg, Elgin & Cape Town Group size 4- 8 people Duration 11 days (10 nights) Grading Easy/Moderate Day Stages Maximum 15 km (5 hours) per day Distance Less than 150 km Terrain Mountain trails, urban paths Accommodation 6 nights Guesthouses & 4 nights-4 star hotel Meals 7 days all meals and 4 days breakfast only Cost Available on request Dates Oct – April is “High season”
The Cape Triple Hikes tour starts and ends at Cape Town International Airport. You will spend time in Cape Town, the Cederberg (200 km from Cape Town) and Elgin (about 55 km from Cape Town). All hikes fully guided and on good trails. Walking about 5-hrs/day, 15km maximum All transfers, in aircon minibus included.
Table mountain Table Mountain is one of the official New7Wonders of Nature. The view from the top of Table Mountain has been described as one of the most epic views in Africa. Magnificent and unequalled views over False Bay and the Constantia Valley all the way to the Hottentot Holland Mountains and spectacular views over the whole of the Table Mountain chain all the way to Cape Point. You will also see Table Bay, Robben Island and Devil’s Peak, with the City of Cape Town, Lion’s Head and Signal Hill and Camps Bay also later coming into view. “Fynbos” plants and wildlife The Cape Floral Region is the smallest but richest of the world’s 6 floral regions – no less than 9,000 species. It has been identified as one of the world’s 18 biodiversity hot spots. Cape Point and Seaforth penguin colony Visit Cape Point Nature Reserve and admire the penguin colony at Seaforth, hike along the False Bay coast to Cape Point. Historic Cape Town and V&A Waterfront Visit the District Six Museum, the Castle and The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The Waterfront is in the historic heart of Cape Town’s working harbour is South Africa’s most-visited destination, having the highest rate of foreign tourists of any attraction in the country. During 2013 24m people visited the Waterfront. Robben island From the 17th to the 20th centuries, Robben Island served as a place of banishment, isolation and imprisonment. Today it is a World Heritage Site and museum, a poignant reminder to the newly democratic South Africa of the rate paid for freedom. Cederberg mountains Walk among unique rock formations, waterfalls and mountain pools. Discover remote communities. If you prefer a more relaxed day a donkey cart is available Elgin winelands Walk through fynbos and fruit farms surrounding the “Green mountain”. Opportunities for wine tastings
Day 1: Arrival in Cape Town and transfer to Cederberg area. After a three hour drive from Cape Town and a light lunch in Clanwilliam, the afternoon’s walk leads you among element-sculpted rose-red rocks to a charming hamlet, where the villagers will provide meals and a comfortable night in their thatched roof guest house.
Day 2: This day’s hike is longer, but donkey carts are available for those preferring a lighter day; the night is spent in the smallest village – 4 houses! – in the area.
Day 3: On the the third day’s hike you pass waterfalls & mountain pools before reaching Kleinvlei, the remotest village of the Moravian community.
Day 4: On the fourth morning a short hike through a spectacular gorge brings you to Wupperthal, a Mission village dating to 19th Century, and where your transport will be waiting to take you to the winelands of the Cape- about 3 hours drive. Overnight in a country house in Elgin
Day 5 -Day 7: You will discover the lovely tapestry of fynbos and fruit farms surrounding the “Green Mountain”, whose trails are gentle and interspersed with opportunities for wine-tastings. The cherry on the top ? Three nights in a beautifully refurbished four star country house more than two centuries old, serving gourmet dinners & local wines. The historic homestead is set against the majestic mountains and is home to an extensive contemporary South African art collection. Transfer to Cape Town and overnight in a Cape Waterfront 4 star hotel
Day 8: Ascend Table Mountain (1 052m) by cableway, then hike towards the lush Constantia Valley
Day 9: Drive down the Cape Peninsula to Cape Point Nature Reserve and after admiring the penguin colony at Seaforth and hike along the False Bay coast to Cape Point
Day 10: Visit some of the area’s famed sites: the District Six Museum and/or the Castle and/or Nelson Mandela’s Robben Island prison
Day 11 Explore the extensive (& expanding!) Waterfront for some last- minute shopping!
End of tour
You will stay in guesthouses and country houses for 6 nights in Cederberg and the Green Mountain region. For your 4 nights stay in Cape it will be the following 4 star hotel (subject to availability) :
Overall rating for the Cape Triple Hikes tour is: “Easy/ Moderate”. You do not need to be ultra-fit but certainly able to walk between 12 and 20 km per day and be able to cope with some hills on mountain paths. Refer to Walking grades, for definition of grades
Rates & Tour info
Rates for the Cape Triple Hikes vary according to
- Size of group: 4 minimum to 8 maximum
- Season: high season is October to January
- Currency exchange rates
Cost per person for the full 10-night tour available on request
- 10 nights accommodation in selected guest houses/hotels
- 10 breakfasts
- All other meals except 4 days in Cape Town
- Guide for 8 days except 2 days in Cape Town
- Transfers to different destinations and along the trail, where necessary
- Route directions for 3 days independent walking
Items not listed above, such as :
- Transport to and from Cape Town
- Meals in Cape Town
When to go
Any time of the year, but the weather is more predictable during “High season” (Oct-Apr). During low season accommodation is normally more freely available.
Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate with mild, moderately wet winters and dry, warm summers. Rainfall measures up to 1 000 mm (40 inches per year)
For international visitors: Fly to Cape Town International Airport From Cape Town
What to take
Comfortable, well aerated clothes in keeping with the season. Always bring a pullover / windbreaker, good walking boots (already worn-in) and several pairs of cotton or wool socks. For your daily needs, you are advised to have a day-bag, a plastic bag to line your day-pack (to protect the contents from rain), rainwear, a sun-hat, sunglasses, sun block, a water bottle, plastic picnic boxes (for transporting your lunches), first-aid kit, camera, torch/flashlight and an extra plastic bag for litter.
We recommend that you take out appropriate holiday insurance covering you against illness, injury, and loss or damage to luggage. This insurance should also cover the possibility of your having to cancel your holiday for any reason.
In the Cederberg area you will be escorted by members of the local community. Qualified guides will accompany you in the Green Mountain area and for 2 days in Cape Town
Availability and booking
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Read more about the three different regions that you will be visiting on the Cape Triple hikes tour: Cape Town