A coastal Table Mountain hiking trail
One of the most spectacular hiking trails on the Table Mountain chain is sometimes called the mini otter trail. It follows the Atlantic coast from Hout Bay to Llandudno. The route involves some scrambling so is not for the faint hearted. It is also a good 5 hour hike with very little in the way of shade or fresh water so you need to carry plenty of water and have a good hat and sunblock. A final warning, this hike is best done at low tide. Much of the trail is under water at high tide.
You need to park in the main parking area by Mariners Wharf in Hout Bay. Then follow the road behind the factories and follow your nose to the beginning of the trail. Initially you have to pick you way along a rocky beach and through the dunes on sometimes undistinguished paths. About 45 minutes after leaving the road you come to some large rocks that look out onto Seal Island. It is worth a break here to admire the view and watch the tourist boats float around the island.
From here the route takes you along the shore beneath the cliffs of Capteinspiek and Karbonkelberg. Sometimes along rocky beaches and sometimes scrambling up the slopes on small paths.