A gentle walk on Table Mountain

If you are looking for  not too strenuous walk on Table Mountain with absolutely fantastic sea views, look no further than “The Pipe Track.” The Pipe Track proper leads from Kloof Nek to Slangholie Ravine although it is well worth continuing along an extension to Corridor Ravine. The entire distance  from Kloof Nek to the bottom of corridor ravine is just over 6km. The path generally stays on a contour of around 3oom reaching a maximum height of 500m between Slangholie and Corridor Ravines.

Historically the Pipe Track is also interesting. It was constructed in 1887 to lay the pipeline from the reservoirs on Table Mountain to Cape Town. The waterworks museum which is found on top of the mountain still has some wonderful old photographs of the path in the early 1900’s. It is amazing to think that all the construction materials and tools for the dams construction were hauled by man or donkey power along this path. The actual pipe that was layed begins in Orange Kloof where it goes through the mountain to emerge  at Slangholie ravine. From here it follows the path to Kloof Nek. Although no longer in use many sections of the pipe are still plainly visible.

Part of the old pipe

Parts of the old pipe can still be seen along the trail


 However, the real joy of this route are the views. Overlooking Camps Bay and the coastal road leading to Hout Bay, the sheer cliffs of the 12 apostels and the small band of land before the Atlantic Ocean form some of the best landscape in the world.

Some of the views taken from The Pipe Track



The view from the Pipe Track

Camps Bay and Lions Head from the Pipe Track

Table Mountain from the Pipe Track

The view of Table Mountain from the Pipe Track

For the return journey you have the choice of gently retracing your steps. Or if you are feeling more energetic there are numerous routes leading from the Pipe Track up Table Mountain herself.