We will meet outside the main entrance to Silvermine Nature Reserve. We enter through the main gate where I will pay the access fees for the hike and obtain our permits. We then drive about 1km to the start, next to Silvermine dam - at the car park. 450 m above sea-level. We'll do a briefing. We then hike from here and we head up toward the ridge-line overlooking the Cape Town Southern suburbs, the back of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch gardens and Muizenberg beach/False Bay, which is the Indian Ocean side. The ridge route will take us towards the Silvermine bowl route and eventually to the several view points overlooking Houtbay which is on the Atlantic Ocean side. This trail will lead us to Noordhoek Peak and with views from here also including Noordhoek Beach and towards Cape Point. This is halfway and about 3.8km from the start and we would gain +/- 300m in altitude to this. Noordhoek Peak is at 750 m above sea-level. We will stop regularly along the way to enjoy the vistas. We then start going down on a trail linking up with the western, ridge trail above the Silvermine bowl. At the Silvermine dam, a picnic. Maybe a dip in the dam to cool off. A short walk from here to the cars.
I'm the Owner/Director of Quantum Adventures and a guest Cottage in Noordhoek, Cape Town. The Table Mountain National Parks is my playgrounds and I've been exploring, hiking and trail running the mountain trails since 1996. This includes the Silvermine Nature Reserve and Table Mountain National Parks. I know the trails well and my knowledge of the fauna and flora in these areas are well above average. I am extremely fit and still take part in various expedition styled races. You can be assured that you will be guided well and you can expect a Nature experience to suit your fitness levels.
Snacks and drinks for a light picnic on the trail. It will be of a vegetarian nature. Rolls & spreads such as humus etc.
Entry permits to Silvermine Nature Reserve
I always carry essential items such as a comprehensive First Aid kit, electrolytes and extra water which I share when needed.
Silvermine River walk. Silvermine dam[reservoir]. Tokai ridge path with views toward the back of Table Mountain, Devils Peak, False Bay, Helderberg Mountains, Muizenberg Beach. Noordhoek Peak with views across Houtbay and the Atlantic Ocean, Noordhoek wetlands, Silvermine bowl and the valley stretching towards the Muizenberg mountains.
The hike is just under 8 km/4.97 miles in distance with an altitude gain of 350 m/1148 ft. It will take approximately 3-4 hours to do this hike and that would include stopping and enjoying the views.
Silvermine Nature Reserve. Peaks hike.