A beautiful hike in the Silvermine

 Nature Reserve.

Echo Valley is the name of the valley leading from Boyes drive into the Silvermine Nature Reserve above Kalk Bay. As with all walks in the Table Mountain Nature Reserve, within minutes you feel as if you are miles from anywhere with only nature all around.

The Echo Valley leads into one of the best preserved and ancient indigenous forests found anywhere in the Cape. On entering one is transported back to childhood stories of enchanted forests. Filled with trees such as rooiels, yellow woods and milkwood, you have to duck your head on several occasions to avoid the interlinked and spreading branches creating the canopy. Moss hangs from the branches, whilst the backdrop is the steep cliffs of the echo valley providing the shade for the forest.

Hiking above Kallk Bay

The boardwalk through the enchanted forest

A well maintained boardwalk both protects the trees roots and directs your walk. Leading you on a meandering path until you emerge from the forest into the pristine fynbos above.

The sheer cliffs of Echo Valley

Emerging from the forest the cliffs of Echo valley tower over you

   Join Ridgway Ramblers on a guided hike and explore the most beautiful places in the Cape Peninsula