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Walking the Cape

28th March 2012 Print
The iconic Table Mountain at dusk

Fleewinter has introduced a brand new 10-night itinerary entitled ‘Walking the Cape’ which combines a stay in Cape Town with five days’ guided walking, including a hike to the highest point of Table Mountain reachable on foot.

The first four days are spent at leisure in Cape Town, staying at ‘Casa’, a luxurious apartment in trendy Camps Bay - the preferred hang-out of film stars, singers and models. During the hiking part of the holiday, accommodation is in tented camps (permanent tents supported by solid structures) and lodges.

At the end of the five walking days, two nights will be spent in Franschhoek, for some serious R&R, a chance ease tired feet and to discover the local restaurants for which the area is renowned.

Here is a summary of the guided walks:

Day 5: Cape Point to Table Mountain (6 hours)
The walk, which takes place inside Table Mountain National Park includes a climb of Vasco Da Gama Hill (266m) and hiking to the whale look-out point. Further along the coast line, it is possible to spot herds of Zebra, Bontebok, Eland and other wildlife. Overnight in Smitswinkel Hut.

Day 6: Scarborough to Kommetjie (4 hours)
The hike covers a distance of 10km along the Atlantic coast from the beach of Scarborough to Kommetjie. Most of the route is along the beach with some occasional rock hopping in places. It also includes the chance to enjoy a swim and explore the rock pools. Overnight in the Slangkop tented camp, situated right on the beach off Kommet.

Day 7: Noordhoek to Silvermine Nature Reserve (8 hours)
The longest hike of the trip covering 18km, commencing with a 5km hike along the sands of Noordhoek beach before heading into the mountains with a steep climb up Chapman’s Peak. A second ascent takes you to the Silvermine Nature Reserve. Overnight in the Silvermine Nature Reserve.

Day 8: Silvermine to Orangekloof Reserve (5 hours)
The hike on day 7 covers 16km, descending from Silvermine via the Blackburn Ravine and then traversing the Constantiaberg Mountain. There are many views to enjoy including Hout Bay and also Table Mountain from the top of the Vlakkenberg. Overnight in the Orange Kloof tented camp.

Day 9: Ascent and descent of Table Mountain (6 hours)
The highlight of the trip; an ascent and descent of Table Mountain via the Platteklip Gorge, covering a distance of 18km. At the end of the day, a driver will take you to Franschhoek for the final two nights.

The holiday costs from £990 - £1,300 per person (depending on date of travel) which includes all ground transfers, 4-nights’ self-catering in Camps Bay, 5 guided hikes, 4-nights’ full-board accommodation on the hike, daily luggage transfer, entry to Cape Point and Silvermine Nature Reserves and 2-nights’ self-catering accommodation in Franschhoek.

Fully-bonded for financial security, Fleewinter can book flights on request. For more information, visit

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The iconic Table Mountain at dusk