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Kasteelspoort Hike


The hike starts at a boom gate just off Theresa Avenue, Camps bay. Follow the gravel road for about 10 minutes until you reach a fork, keep right and look out for a hiking trail. After a short climb you will arrive at the intersection of the Pipe Track and Kasteelspoort. Follow the way to Kasteelspoort, it will take you roughly 90 minutes to reach the top of Kasteelspoort. The trail is steep in places, but also some flatter easier sections to climb. If you start your hike early enough, you will be in the shade for most of your way to the top. There are a few spots where you will need to grip onto some rocks to climb, but nothing too hectic. As you approach the top you will see the remains of the old Cable Car station to your right, definitely worth a small detour. This is also the location of the famous “diving board” if you want to make use of the photo opportunity.

The top of Kasteelspoort is marked with a map, from here you can decide which route to take, but be sure to go via the Waterworks Museum if time allows. The dams and amazing and infrastructure makes you feel like you have completely left the City of Cape Town.If logistics allow (if you have another car or can uber back to where you have parked) try hiking via Skeleton Gorge or Constantia Neck for optimal scenic beauty, or simply a detour via the Dams before heading back down to your car.

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