Gifkommetjie Circuit

 

The standard touring day starts early with collection from accommodation and a scenic drive down to the Cape of Good Hope via the Southern Suburbs and False Bay Coast. On entry to the Nature Reserve, it is usual start with a short walk up to the Cape Point Lighthouse and various scenic view points in the vicinity. This is followed by a short drive to the Cape of Good Hope itself. It is another short drive to the start of the Gifkommetjie view point parking, where we start our hike. The path follows a low ridge above the coast for about 2 km before descending gradually to the coast. The route along the coast is a choice between rocky boulder hoping close to the shore or sandy paths set back slightly from the shore. The vegetation is a combination of low coastal Fynbos and bush with the path cut through it. The shorter route has a steep sandy ascent on the northern side of the ridge, whereas the longer route continues along the coast to ascend on the southern side of the ridge and back to the parking area. Alternative timing by arrangement.

Trail Details

Trail location

Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve

Nearest city

Cape Town – Far South Peninsula

Transport options

Local transport options: Far from regular transport hub – Transport arranged by hike leader, included in cost; alternative self-drive or e-hailing service.

Trip Duration / Options

Option 1: Approximately 3 hours – circular route from Gifkommetjie – full circuit.

Option 2: Approximately 2 hours – circular route from Gifkommetjie – shorter circuit

Start / Finish

Start: Gifkommetjie view point parking – GPS 34˚31'70.08 S / 18˚42'02.86 E

Finish: As above

Time / Distances

Option 1: Approximately 5 km. 3 hours

Option 2: Approximately 3 km. 2 hours

Trail Grading

Based on a grading of Easy – Moderate – Strenuous

Easy. Ridge path rocky and uneven underfoot; coastal section predominantly sandy with rocky coastal sections and short steep sections at the end of both routes.

Physical Fitness

A reasonable degree of hiking fitness required and ability to cope uneven surface and soft sand.

Technical detail / Terrain

On path, route follows a ridge overlooking the coast with uneven mountain path descending to coast with sandy underfoot path with rocky sections. Short, steep sandy ascent back to the parking area on both routes. The longer route remains on the coast for a longer time. No technical exposure or scrambling

Good grip footwear important.

Food Supply / Catering

Bring your own snacks & water. Lunch packs provided by arrangement. Fully operational restaurant and take away outlet for coffee / light meals at Cape Point.

Logistic support / Guiding

The trail is guided by a fully trained, accredited mountain guide. Transport from hikers accommodation needs to be arranged. In addition to hike it is usual for clients to visit the well know site of the Cape Point Lighthouse and Cape of Good Hope. Both of these sites are away from the location of the hike, although can be reached by foot with longer time allocation.

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Highlights

Views over the Atlantic Coast of the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point. Abundance of diverse flora, rock formations and scenic coast.

Other Activities

Visit to the Cape Point Lighthouse and the Cape of Good Hope – usually included in the cost of a full day tour.

Fauna & Flora

The core of the 'fynbos' biome and part of the Cape Floristic Region World Heritage Site. Mostly nocturnal and shy small animals, occasional small antelope and rock hyrax. Lizards and agamas with a scattering of birdlife.

Climate

Cape Town and Table Mountain are located in a Mediterranean climate with winter rainfall. Summer can be hot (up to 35 degrees). Spring and Autumn are moderate and the best hiking season although good winter days can be quite warm and summer temperatures are seldom high for long periods. Hiking is possible all year round.

Seasonality & Best Time Year

Spring and Autumn are moderate and the best hiking season although good winter days can be quite warm and summer temperatures are seldom high for long periods. Hiking is possible all year round.

Group Size

1 to 8 hikers per guide

Price P/P

From R2250 per person for 2 hikers, inclusive of full day touring and hike, including entry fees to Cape Of Good Hope. Lunch packs but arrangement. Rates lower for larger groups

Price review date: 1 November annually

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Price Includes

Registered, experienced Mountain Guide, Cape of Good Hope entry

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