Hiking in Orange Kloof
Orangekloof is the only area on Table Mountain with restricted access for hikers. Its a small and particularly beautiful area with a large section of indigenous Afromotane forest and a beautiful gorge that runs up onto the back of Table Mountain. This is the gorge that was dammed in the 1800’s to create the Woodhead and the Hely Hutchinson reservoirs. This development has not detracted from the beauty of the gorge. Instead one of the attractions of hiking here is a visit to the Woodhead Tunnel that was dug through the mountain as a way of channeling the water from the reservoirs back to Cape Town. No longer in use, this tunnel is well worth a visit.
The hike begins with about 40 mins through the forest. This is a deceptively tough part of the trail as the path runs continuously up and down as it winds its way towards the mountain.