Winter is the rainy season in the Western Cape which means gorgeous greenery as far as the eye can see. It also means that Cape Town dams are filling fast with dam levels over 80%.  More importantly, it means that hikes are at their lush best. The Mother City has rebounded from its water worries of before and ready to enchant with natural abundance during your stay in Cape Town self-catering accommodation.

Here’s where to head if you love the sound of gushing water cascading through the lush winter landscape.

Woodstock Cave

Take a hike up Table Mountain to the iconic Woodstock Cave where you’ll find its usual little waterfall has transformed into a sheet of falling water. Pack a picnic and settle down to enjoy the rainbows reflecting off the spray.

You can head up the mountain from the route start past the Cableway station or from the Rhodes memorial via the Blockhouse.  

Follow the Yellowwood Trail

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden delivers a double whammy of scenic winter abundance with its lush gardens as well as a tall waterfall along the Yellowwood Trail. It’s a treat to visit this feature secluded in the forest any time of year but it’s definitely at its best in winter.

Cecilia Forest

Just to the south of the Garden you’ll come across Constantia with its beautiful Cecilia Forest on the slopes of Table Mountain. Take a hike along this popular trail for stunning views of the southern suburbs all the way to Muizenberg. Along the way, you’ll come across a gorgeous waterfall where you can pause for a while to catch your breath – the climb is a little strenuous.

You can access this scenic meander at the Cecilia Forest parking lot off Rhodes Drive.

Silvermine Nature Reserve

For something a little less taxing, Silvermine Nature Reserve has hikes for every energy level. Children and dogs can join in the fun and the hike only takes about an hour to do the round trip. You can access the waterfall along a marked trail from Gate 2.

When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by a wide 30m-high flow of water and the option to continue on to Silvermine Dam for a swim and a picnic.

Explore More Cape Town Hikes

While staying in Cape Town self-catering accommodation you’re within easy reach of all the best Cape Town hikes, attractions and activities. The Mother City is the perfect destination for both city and natural pursuits. Get in touch to book your spot now.
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