A hike on the lower slopes of Table
The contour path is a beautiful route that winds its way around the lower slopes of Table Mountain from Constantia Nek past the lower cable way station to the top of Kloof Nek. Covering a distance of around 15km. To do the whole path in one go is perfectly feasable but quite a long day. Generally is divided into 3 sections.
- 1) Constantia Nek to Kirstenbosch Gardens
- 2) Kistenbosch to Rhodes Memorial
- 3) Rhodes memorial to Kloof Nek
The section from Rhodes Memorial to Kloof Nek is the least shaded of the sections as you leave the forests of the South and Easterly sides of the mountain and walk above Cape Town on the Northerly slopes.
You begin the hike at the parking area at Rhodes memorial and take the path up towards the Kings Blockhouse. This is a steep stepped path which is pretty tiring. Once at the Kings Blockhouse it is worth stopping to admire the view. Then follow the path that continues around the mountain and towards Cape Town. After about 10 minutes you pass a ravine and above you is Woodstock Cave. This is one of the largest caves on Table Mountain and is clearly visible from quite far below. Sadly it has been damaged with grafitti over the years.