A less strenuous Table Mountain hike
Some of the most beautiful hikes on Table Mountain don’t actually go right to the top of the mountain but remain on the slopes offering a less strenuous Table Mountain hike. One of my favourites of these easier hikes is the Cecelia Waterfall walk.
This a walk of 2 to 3 hours that begins and ends in Kirstenbosch gardens. It is uphill for the first half of the hike so is not a total stroll, but takes you along an amazing upper contour path and past some of the most beautiful waterfalls on Table Mountain. Even in the summer months many of these waterfalls continue to run, even if only at a trickle.
To get there park at Rycroft (top) gate Kirstenbosch and make your way through the gardens following signs to the contour path in the far left hand side of the garden (facing the mountain)On reaching the contour path you turn left towards Cecelia Forest and follow the path for about 15 minutes until it comes to a converging point of a number of paths. These are the forestry roads of Cecelia Forest. In front of you is a huge blue gum tree marking the division of the road into 2.
Your path leads off the upper path and straight up into the mountain. You now have a steady climb of about half an hour. Although the entrance is somewhat hidden, once on it the path is well maintained and clear. It zig zags its way up the mountain criss crossing a small stream at a number if places
After a small wooden bridge crosses the stream you again come to a junction. Left continues up the mountain whilst straight ahead takes you to the waterfall. The path is relatively flat and then drops steeply into the most magical little dell. Shaded all year round by numerous indigenous trees, the continual running water of the waterfall has created a cliff face covered in moss with several trees growing at amazing angles. A tea stop here is a must.