Me, Rachel Swailes. My blog about stuff I get up to in and around the Western Cape, Cape Town, George, Wilderness, Hermanus and other cool places :)

Silvermine

Driving from Tokai to Noordehoek takes you over Ou Kaapse Weg. On the right hand side is the entrance to Silvermine West and further along on your left is the entrance to Silvermine East.

Silvermine West

Reservoir

This is a beautiful walk around the reservoir that’s probably only about 2.5km. It can take as long as you want it to though, as there are plenty of benches to sit on and enjoy the views. There are also braai areas spotted around the walk. The parking area is quite close which means you wont have to lug the cooler box too far.

Noordhoek Lookout and Peak

Starting at the reservoir and walking up the jeep track towards the Noordhoek side of the berg takes you along the mountain and rises quickly above the reservoir. The track has a number of forks to the left where you can get some great views, especially at the lookout point. After the lookout point, get back on the track and keep climbing for great views looking over Hout Bay and the Sentinel.

Chapmans Peak

Between the lookout point and Noordhoek Peak, there is the option to walk down and along the length of the mountain that links to Chapmans Peak.

Constantiaberg and Elephants Eye

From the reservior, keep to the Tokai side of the water to find the track that takes you up towards the Constantiaberg radio tower. En route, you will see markers leading to the Tokai fire lookout and up to the Elephants Eye Cave. Alternatively, you can bypass the cave and keep walking up to the top of Constantiaberg for some great 360 degree views of Cape Town.

Vlakkenberg and Constantia Nek

From Constantiaberg, you can continue walking towards Table Mountain which will take you through Vlakkenberg and into the forests at Constantia Nek.

Hennie’s Pool

At the main gate, you can leave your car at the car park and head off on the small circular trail which leads you to Hennie’s Pool.

Mountain Bike Trail

There is also a mountain bike trail which is accessible from the road leading up to the reservoir. It’s not great to walk on though as you are constantly harassed by bikers but I’m told that it’s a good route to cycle.

 

Silvermine East

Waterfall

In my opinion, the best walk in Silvermine. It’s only a 30 minute walk, but if you time is correctly on a good warm day after rainfall, there is a stunning waterfall that you can sit under to cool off. The water is completely freezing so it has to be a warm day to enjoy it to the full. Taking the gravel road from the car park, you walk towards Kalk Bay. Keep an eye out for the small track leading down to the waterfall on your right.

Steenberg Peak

Walking on the gravel path, go past the waterfall and junction pool before turning up towards the peak (just follow the track). There are some great views to be had from here, especially if you’re early enough to catch the sunrise.