Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Overnight Hoerikwaggo Hiking Trail

I spent this past weekend doing something that was out of the ordinary for me. I braved my fears for aching legs and sore feet and decided to do the overnight Hoerikwaggo Trail.

There are many Table Mountain hiking trails, some more strenuous than the others. Luckily for me the Hoerikwaggo Trail was one of the easier ones. The hike begins at the bottom of Orange Kloof which is close to Hout Bay. You start of by embarking on a trail which leads you to the beginning of Constantia Nek. From there its about a 3-4 hour hike to the dams where the overnight accomodation is.

We spent the night in a fully equipped house that was in-between the first and second dam. The house has hot showers, cosy beds and full self catering facilities which made it extremely comfortable. The houses on top of the mountain sleep close to 16 people comfortably. 
This makes it perfect for a big group of friends of family to spend a weekend amongst the wonders of nature but still have the comfort of being at home without roughing it out. What's more amazing is that the park rangers drive up all your stuff to the houses for you. So you can bring along your bedding and meat to braai.

The view from the houses are simply breathtaking. You have a panoramic view of Cape Town in front of you....
and a majestic view of the mountains and dams behind you.

If I wasn't so unfit I am certain I would of enjoyed this even better.

P.S. There isn't electricity up there so you may be stuck for entertainment. Luckily we had little Gabriel Bestbier with us who spent his time singing, dancing and telling the most fascinating stories ever!! This hike wouldn't have been the same without him.

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