Located on the Atlantic Coast of the Cape Peninsula in the captivating nation of South Africa, the Cape of Good Hope is a rocky and massive headland and one of the most desired points of attraction for tourists on the continent.
Regarded as one of the great capes in the southern portion of the Atlantic Ocean, the Cape of Good Hope has always been important to sailors too, and many know it as ‘the Cape.’ Being a place of spectacular natural and geographical beauty, it is a preferred trekking location for many. Here is a comprehensive trekking guide to this fascinating place on the southern tip of the beautiful continent of Africa.
What You Need To Know About Cape of Good Hope Hiking
A hike across one of the most majestic attractions in South Africa is an unforgettable experience. The journey will cover a total distance of almost 34 km (if you walk around Cape Point or take other loops and routes, you can cover 10 km more).
Overall, you will need a total of two days and probably one night for the activity. You will follow a circle-shaped route that commences and finishes at the Cape of Good Hope Main Gate. The walk is fascinating, and you get to go over the hanging cliffs, run your toes through the sands of the beaches and marvel at the beauty of the fynbos (natural shrubland).
For the perfect hiking experience around the Cape of Good Hope, you need the following:
- Excellent hiking shoes
- Hydration packets or water bottles (take enough to last for the entire day because you may not see any place to refill)
- Snacks, refreshment, and food (take enough to last you through the whole period of the trekking activity)
- Gear ideal for all weather conditions
- Comprehensive maps
- Camera or smartphone for taking photos
- Sleeping bag and sleeping clothes
- Torch or headlamp if you will stroll in the evening
Booking for the Cape of Good Hope Hike
Tourists and hikers alike can place their bookings via the guest center at Buffelsfontein on all weekdays. Accommodation costs around USD20 and about USD10 for the entrance charge.
Accommodation on the Hike
There is a total of three inns where hikers can choose from; they are tagged Erica, Restio, and Protea. These inns come with bunk beds, tables, toilets, chairs, utensils, chairs, kitchen, power supply, gas heater, and so on. The inns have all you need to relax after an extensive period of hiking. As these inns have limited spaces, it is good to book on time.
Two-Day Hiking Itinerary of the Cape of Good Hope
The first day of the hike covers a total distance of over 20 km (there is an alternative walk to the Cape of Good Hope down to the Cape Point) from the Main Gate, which is the starting point to any of the inns, and it will take you anything from eight to ten hours.
It is good that you start hiking early on so that you reach the inn on time and soak in the scenery along the way. There are specific times for opening the main gate, so make sure you ask ahead of time. This is important because there will be no starting of the trip once it is past 9:00 am.
From here, you enjoy the incredible scenery of the fynbos across a flat but slightly undulating plain. As you walk on, you reach the majestic coast and onto the areas that contain animals like countless baboons, gemsboks, and ostriches. You can take some of the finest photos on this leg of the journey.
Once you reach Pergams Point, you can head directly to the huts and sleep for the night or proceed with the journey towards the direction of the Cape of Good Hope. If you still have sufficient energy in your bones, then you can take a longer loop, but that will add about three hours to your walk. However, you will enjoy it as you will also encounter many tourists from different parts of the globe. Talk of making new friends while hiking in southern Africa – genuinely brilliant!
Have in mind that the final section from Cape Point to the inns has some areas you need to climb, so finish on time before nightfall. You don’t need to do the extra walk. On your first day of the trek, you must not miss the following areas:
- The Cape of Good Hope
- Stretch between the Cape Point and the Lighthouse, where you enjoy the spectacular views along the way.
- Diaz Beach, a snow-white sand beach with towering cliffs
On your second day of the hike, you are going to cover a distance of 13 km from your inns at Restio or Protea to the Main Gate and will take you about five hours. There is an alternative route via the coastline, but it is longer.
Start very early with your food because it is going to be a long one. If you take the longer route, you trace the coastline then to the beach, past the Da Gama Cross until you get to Kanonkop. If you take the shorter route, you move along the top until you get to Kanonkop. You will pass the guest center, and you can get refreshments there if you want.
By the time you get back to your starting point, you will notice how impressive the whole journey has been. The hike itself is not too stressful unless you decide to take the longer loops. Hence, you have to be very sure of your physical fitness level before embarking on this journey. But if you are fit and have all the equipment ready, then, by all means, hike around the timeless Cape of Good Hope!