Certain Portions of the Hoerikwaggo Trail are open for hiking.
Note that the section Smitswinkel to Redhill is across private land and the landowners consent is required if you wish to walk in this area and the same is applicable to the section at the top of Chapmans Peak.
Accommodation along the trail is only available at Smitswinkel Tented Camp, Slangkop Tented Camp and Orangekloof Tented Camp. Please contact Sabrina Adams on 021 712 7471 for further information or to book these sites.
There is currently no accommodation available at Silvermine Tented camp as the site was burnt in a fire.
Alternate accommodation can be sourced in the suburb of Noordhoek at private Bed and Breakfasts should you wish to hike the entire trail.
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To hike the Hoerikwaggo™ Trail is a rare privilege that affords hikers the unique opportunity to overnight on the Table Mountain Chain.
For your own enjoyment and that of your fellow hikers please note the following:
Hiking ethos: Good hiking practices of “leaving only footprints and taking only photographs will be promoted. Picking flowers is considered to be poaching and is strictly prohibited.
Paths: The paths have been constructed to protect the delicate fynbos ecosystem. Please do not walk off the paths.
Animals: Many vertebrates and invertebrates call the Table Mountain Chain home, please do not feed or interfere with any animals.
Guiding: Critical for safety, good conduct of hikers, enforcing permitted access where required and ensuring appropriate use of facilities; and interpretation of cultural and natural treasures. Hikers are obliged to accept the guidance and advice of the Hoerikwaggo™ Trail Guides. All trail guides will be in radio contact with Park officials at all times.
Security: All overnight facilities will have a permanent on-site management and security presence
Touch the earth lightly: This means that all facilities and infrastructure will be designed with minimum environmental impact. No new building will be constructed and renovations will keep to the footprint of existing structures. Tented camps will be erected in such a way that they can be removed without a trace.
Energy efficient: Where possible we have used alternative energy sources and eco-loos.
Fire: Only allowed in designated fire areas under the supervision of a trained and accredited guide. The outdoor fires will only be lit on green (low fire-risk) days.
Escape Routes: All the trails have alternative routes should the weather turn foul. Each escape route is as enjoyable as the primary route although possibly less challenging.
Entitled “Building paths, building people” the construction project of the Hoerikwaggo™ Trail paths and accommodation upgrades was a part of the Table Mountain National Park’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).
This project enabled the Table Mountain National Park to do much-needed infrastructure maintenance and simultaneously implementing the ethos of “benefits beyond boundaries” by employing and training over 420 unemployed people from townships around the peninsula and on the Cape Flats.
Through hard work and dedication, certain individuals in the Programme have achieved independent contractor status. These contractors in turn employ their own teams of ten people and contract their services into the Park. Over time these contractors have developed the necessary skills and experience to seek contracts with other organisations.
Through contractor training and development we aim to have developed 40 Small to Medium Enterprises (SMME’s) through the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).
The EPWP has thus assisted the park to turn conservation efforts in to a socially relevant and empowering arena for the people of Cape Town.
Ultimately over 80 kilometers of paths will have been built or upgraded for the Hoerikwaggo™ Trail. Under the joint management of civil engineer Mark Stone and path building expert James Nowickki the Table Mountain National Park is developing a network of durable, state of the art paths for the protection of the fynbos ecosystem as well as the comfort and safety of our visitors. The materials used are all natural and, where possible, have been sourced locally.
Table Mountain National Park has hundreds of kilometres of hiking trails across the park and hence does not put out an official series of hiking trail maps.
We do however recommend that you walk either with an accredited guide who is familiar with the area or that you purchase a hiking map of the section of trail that you wish to traverse.
Local new agents stock a selection of maps in this regard and we recommend that you purchase such a map prior to hiking.
Please plot your route before your departure and ensure you are familiar with alternate options should the weather change whilst on the mountain.