Day 1: Cape Town
Cape Town – Orange Kloof Forest Distance: 18.4 km (+/- 8 to 9 hours walk)
After an early breakfast in Cape Town you will be met by your local guides. We then take a short drive to the foot of Table Mountain and begin our adventure up Platteklip (flat stone) Gorge to the upper cable station. From here, we make our way towards the coastal town of Hout Bay and arrive at our destination in the late afternoon.
We overnight in a picturesque, tented camp nestled in the ancient Afromontane forest of Orange Kloof. The camp was built using alien wood sourced from within the Park and embraces the philosophy of “touching the earth lightly”. Relax in style and comfort, enjoy a hot shower, an open fire and the overwhelming silence of the restricted Orange Kloof forest.
Day 2: Cape Town
Orange Kloof Forest – Kirstenbosch circular walk Distance: 17.5 km (+/- 7 to 8 hours walk)
After a peaceful night at the Disa River, we head off after breakfast through abundant fauna and flora. Today we do a circular hike and spend the night back at Orangekloof Tented Camp. The hike starts off with a manageable rock scrambling waterfall ravine called the Disa Gorge. This gorge is one of the best places to find the elusive Red Disa (also referred to ‘The Pride of Table Mountain’). Once on the top of the Disa Gorge, a very secluded part of the Table Mountain National Park follows with exceptional views over the Orange Kloof valley below, and the Atlantic Ocean. The relatively flat plateau gives hikers wonderful opportunities to experience the tranquillity of Table Mountain. This protected area is really off- thebeaten-track part of the Peninsula, as only a few hikers a day are allowed in this area. Early in the year, one can be lucky to find the elusive Red Disa flower, a rare type of orchid. The hike continues through the lush and green forest of Skeleton Gorge into the unique Botanical Garden of Kirstenbosch. From Kirstenbosch hike back to the Orange Kloof Camp.
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Day 3: End of Itinerary
Orangekloof – Hout Bay Distance: 18 km (+/- 8 to 9 hours walk)
After a hearty breakfast we make our way up Chapmans Peak, which offers magnificent views from Table Mountain to Cape Point. The first part of the day contains a steep (non-technical) ascend on the Vlakkenberg Mountain. This section is very secluded and pristine. The hike continues at the same level for about 8 km’s, with beautiful viewpoints over Hout Bay (and a seasonal river crossing). The last section of the hike is a steep (again, non-technical) downhill all the way down to the start of the Chapman’s Peak Drive. In spite of not being allowed to hike over the toll-road. Guests will have the option to drive over the world famous cliff road en-route to the drop-off accommodation.