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TMNP:The Hoerikwaggo Trails

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Hi pdokeegan

Unread postby Stephenl » Fri Jul 13, 2007 11:29 am

In response to your question - firstly, no, one cannot sleep overnight in the new Hoerikwaggo Trails' Tented Trail campsites without having a guide, or being part of the trail itself. But this in no way infers that it is exclusionary.

We do hope to open a trail "called the indoor clasic" that caters to your wishes in a year or two's time - once the tented trail from Cape Point to Cape Town is complete. Unfortunately - we are mere humans and have limited capacity to create well-built trails and overnight facilities, so sorry for the wait but good trails and good planning takes time. Time well invested.

This indoor trail (mentioned above) is intended to be non-portered and thus cheaper that the tented trail. However all the trails that involve overnighting on the mountain (in the TMNP) are guided. This again, is for good reason (to keep people safe, and the mountain safe from people..) while sleeping in the unique City Wilderness of Table Mountain.

You will be pleased to know that no new trails have been created, they are all sub-sets of existing trails that have been upgraded over the past three years. This work has been done by our poverty relief teams - people living in townships around TM and they have done a magnificent job of doing so.

Remember that there were over 1000 km's of paths and tracks on TM Chain, and that we have rationalised many of them, as they where created and left unchecked for some time prior to the Park starting it's EPWP Program three years ago. This contributed to erosion, people getting lost on the mountain and uncontrolled visitor management (which goes hand in hand with us trying to keep hikers safe)

So it's all about "softening the footprint of tourism" on our beloved mountain while doing the best to meet the needs of those who love and enjoy it. I like to say: "The fynbos and the fyn-mense. Equally important"

Lastly, the Hoerikwaggo Trails refers to a grouping of trails - not just one trail. It would be confusing to the end user if he/she did not know this. For more info, please visit our website www.hoerikwaggotrails.co.za

The mountain you used to walk on is still here, and looking better each day thanks to the people who are conserving it (SANaprks and the citizens of Cape Town alike) I hope you have time to come back sometime soon - and walk the pathways of your World Heritage site again.

All the best,

Stephen Lamb
Hoerikwaggo Trails Project Manager
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Unread postby dianne » Fri Jul 13, 2007 11:35 am

Stephen! Welcome to the forums and thanks for responding :D You're definately best equipped to do so and we'll try our best to get you hooked :twisted:

In all seriousness, I know how great you are at your job and how passionate and professional you are about it too...so thanks for sharing some of that online!

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Unread postby naturelover » Sun Aug 12, 2007 12:30 am

Hi all

I would just like to say that I think the bungallows look marvellous.

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Unread postby naturelover » Mon Aug 13, 2007 5:16 pm

Hi all

I echo Larks' thoughts. I am sure that this will be very successful attracting tourists as it is the ideal fynbos experience :thumbs_up:

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Unread postby CTLocal » Sat Dec 08, 2007 5:28 pm

I spotted the request for reports and photos about the Hoerikwaggo trails - an all-female group of us did the Silvermine - Table Mountain section in April 2007 and loved it. We thoroughly impressed the guides with our braai skills :o)

Photos and more detail here: (link edited to comply with forum guidelines. If you really want to read my report you can PM me, but suffice to say this is a trail well worth doing!)

We LOVED the 'tents' - more like cabins, so beautifully designed and so innovative - and could not rate our guides highly enough both for their knowledge and their personability.

This is a great set of trails and I'm looking forward to doing Slangkop to Silvermine next. It's wonderful to see the mountain paths so well looked after.
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Hoerikwaggo - Orangekloof section (start times)

Unread postby joubege » Sun Apr 04, 2010 5:32 pm

We are doing the Orangekloof section of the Hoerikwaggo trial this week, but we do not know what time this hike normally starts. It sounds like it is a 7-8 hour hike and we suppose we have to be at the start by 8am?? Any idea if this is correct?

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Re: Hoerikwaggo - Orangekloof section (start times)

Unread postby Boorgatspook » Sun Apr 04, 2010 6:59 pm

joubege wrote:We are doing the Orangekloof section of the Hoerikwaggo trial this week, but we do not know what time this hike normally starts.

A warm welcome to the forum, joubege :D
Unfortunately I don't have the answer to your question but you could pop off a e-mail to hoerikwaggobookings@sanparks.org or phone them on +27 (0) 21 422 2816, between 08:00 and 16:00 weekdays.

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Re: Hoerikwaggo - Orangekloof section (start times)

Unread postby joubege » Mon Apr 05, 2010 6:26 pm

Thanks,

I received a call from SANParks, they start at 8am (normally), we opted not to go on the hike this time due to the current weather conditions, but will definitely be doing the hike in fuutre. I believe this is going to become one of the major tourist activities in Cape Town in future!

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Gerhard.

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hoerikwagga downhills on red hill to silvermine section

Unread postby Tjakie » Tue Aug 03, 2010 11:36 pm

I know I can phone the trail booking office about this, but as I never have time during working hours, I wonder if someone can give me an indication how much downhill walking there is on the first two days of the 4 day Hoerikwagga trail, that is from Red Hill through Slangkop to Silvermine. I have done the last two days before (Orangekloof section, starting at Silvermine), and so a comparison with those two days (worse for downhills, less downhills etc) would also be helpful. (I have a bit of an ITB problem (side of my knee) which gives me problems going downhill). I know I could also go find a map at a specialist shop before the hike but again I just do not find time to do so during office hours. Info from people who have done the hike would be appreciated.

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Re: hoerikwagga downhills on red hill to silvermine section

Unread postby gladi7 » Sun Sep 05, 2010 8:25 am

Hi, from Redhill to Slangkop about half the trail is on even ground... but there will be some downhill walking from Kleinplaas dam to Ocean View, but in my opinion it's a gradual decent so it shouldn't be too hard on your knee. However the last 30mins or so from the mountain above Kommetjie to the Slangkop tented camp is a little bit steeper downhill though. I can imagine that it will affect your knee somewhat.

I have no idea what the route looks like from Slangkop to Silvermine, but I think it is more uphill and even walking than anything else.

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Re: hoerikwagga downhills on red hill to silvermine section

Unread postby Tjakie » Tue Sep 07, 2010 1:47 pm

Thanks for your reply, did the trail in the meantime and it was not too bad on the knees. More uphill (Chapmans Peak etc) than downhill. All of the camps are lovely!

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Hoerikwaggo Trails camp

Unread postby pva » Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:48 am

Hello,

I didn't understand from the description of Hoerikwaggo Trails camp - is it accessible by car, or it's strictly for hikers? I couldn't find any directions to this camp (Orangekloof Tents in particular).

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Re: Hoerikwaggo Trails camp

Unread postby p@m » Thu Jun 28, 2012 6:06 pm

I think (but not certain) that it's only for hikers :hmz:

Ok -- now this is really confusing

Hoerikwaggo Tented Camps

Fall asleep under a myriad stars and awake to the healing sounds of nature. Our picturesque and comfortable tented camps, situated in unrivalled natural surroundings offer the ideal getaway.

Careful planning, use of invasive alien timber and innovative layout and design ensure minimum environmental impact.

Important information: All camps offer hot water, comfortable beds, open fires, fully equipped self-catering communal kitchens/dining areas and communal bathrooms. Guests need to provide their own bedding and towels. Each camp accommodates a maximum of 12 people. All camps are easily accessible by car and have dedicated parking areas.


Whereas the Hoerikwaggo Trail is definately hiking :hmz:

Will try to get some clarity .....

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Re: Hoerikwaggo Trails camp

Unread postby Lesego » Fri Jun 29, 2012 9:50 am

Morning :)

I will find out for you :thumbs_up:
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Re: Hoerikwaggo Trails camp

Unread postby p@m » Sat Jun 30, 2012 3:27 pm

I will find out for you


Thank you Lesego :thumbs_up: The info on the home page is very ambiguous.


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