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Table Mountain National Park
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– the poetry of an ancient mountain chain
Table Mountain National Park is about to knock your socks off with a guided six-day/six night hike that starts in the heart of the city and ends at Cape Point!
The Hoerikwaggo Trail will offer a variety of experiences – both natural and cultural – and is set to become one of the world’s most popular hiking trails. Hoerikwaggo – “sea mountain” – is the Khoi Khoi name for Table Mountain and, like our ancestors, hikers will be able to overnight in the National Park and capture the wilderness spirit of years gone by. All accommodation will be in restored historic buildings and both camping and indoor accommodation will be available.
Beginning with a cultural route, hikers will wind their way through the streets of the city and discover aspects of our cosmopolitan harbour town that will deepen their understanding of our colourful past. Fittingly, the first night is spent in the Platteklip Wash House (1888) where Malay women washed their master’s clothing on the flat stones for centuries. From there, the trail winds its’ way down the spine of the mountain chain, offering challenging peaks, long beach treks and breathtaking scenery.
Due to the scale of building and path restoration and maintenance, the trail will open in two phases with the first and third legs opening in March 2005 and the central section becoming available later on. The cultural route is being developed in conjunction with various partners such as Cape Town Partnership, South African Heritage Resource Agency (SAHRA) and District Six Museum.