Ou Kaapse Weg, Cape Town
Silvermine Nature Reserve forms part of the Table Mountain National Park and includes part of the Cape Peninsula mountain range, from Kalk Bay through to Constantiaberg. A good option for younger and older visitors, and those who might not be fit enough or have enough time to undertake a longer hike.
Silvermine takes its name from the Silvermine River, which starts in the reserve and runs to Clovelly. Only 20 minutes’ drive away from the city centre, the reserve is an important conservation area for indigenous fynbos plants. Apart from walking and hiking, it’s also a popular spot for bird-watching, picnicking, and mountain biking. Silvermine Nature Reserve also has a number of sandstone cave systems and rock climbing routes to Muizenberg.
The relatively short hiking trails lead to a point where a picturesque view of the landscape stretching from False Bay, all the way around to Cape Point, can be viewed. One of the easier walks circles around a large reservoir. A boardwalk accessible to wheelchairs and prams is in place for much of this walk. There are also several picnic and braai areas in the park, including some along this picturesque trail. The reservoir dates back to 1898 and was built to supply water to the growing city of Cape Town.
Venue: Ou Kaapse Weg, Cape Town
Time: Gate 1: 8am – 5pm (winter) | 7am – 6pm (summer) | Gate 2: 8am – 6pm (year round)
Cost: R40 | R20