Hike from Kalk Bay to Ou Kaapse Weg.

Explore some of the beautiful hiking trails in the Cape Peninsula on a guided hike with Ridgway Ramblers

The route from Kalk Bay to Ou Kaapse Weg takes you through 7km of breathtaking and changing scenary with views of both oceans and nearly the whole peninsula. This route is fairly short with no really steep climbs. Its great for a gentle Sunday stroll or for an introduction to hiking for those out for the first time. This is an A to B route so you do need to drop a car at the finish point or have a driver to collect you at the end.

There are several paths leading off Boyes Drive into the Silvermine Nature Reserve. All start with a bit of a climb. The closest of these paths to Kalk Bay is the Ou Kraal Path. Follow this path up a set of steep stone steps for 20 minutes until you cross a small stream at a cross roads of paths. (This area is called “Weary Willy’s) You cross the river and continue straight on. The path is on a much more gradual climb now. After a further 10 minutes you pass a path leading up the hill towards “spes bona valley”. Again keep straight on here.

The path levels out after an initial steep climb

The path continues on a gradual incline for another 30 minutes until it reaches the jeep track in Silvermine Nature Reserve. Behind you are the most amazing views of False Bay and the villages along the route.

The view of False Bay from the path

At the junction with the jeep track you follow the jeep track straight on. This takes you past the beautiful Nellies pool and down a small hill to junction pool where you turn left and down the hill towards Noordhoek.

Nellys pool offers good place for a tea break

 Now the beautiful scenary is in front of you and is the other side of the peninsula. On either side is beautiful, pristine fynbos. Often more colourful than the fynbos on Table Mountain as it is more sheltered in this reserve.

You now look down onto the Atlantic side of the Cape Peninsula

Another 40 minutes on the jeep track will bring you to the main parking area of Ou Kaapse Weg.