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Hiking: Tim Rolston on (Part of) the Hoerikwaggo Trail

Hiking Trails of South AfricaGetting in touch with nature is a beautiful and remarkably easy thing to do- especially in the Cape, which has so much to offer in terms of parks, reserves, beaches and mountains. If you’re keen on something a little more exhilarating that picnicking in Kirstenbosch, Tim Rolston and the Ramblers have the answer. Rolston recently hiked part of the Hoerikwaggo trail – climbing up Chapman’s Peak and then on over to Noordhoek Peak (the entire trail stretches from Cape Town to Cape Point).

For more on South Africa’s incredible hiking trails take a page from Willie Olivier’s book, Hiking Trails of South Africa. Meanwhile, enjoy this account of Rolstron’s on-foot travels:

Not that long ago I got something of a bee in my bonnet to walk part of the Hoerikwaggo trail from Noordhoek beach up to Chapman’s Peak.

(The trail, the original Khoisan name for “the mountain in the sea”, will eventually lead from Cape Point all the way to Cape Town). I had walked to the peak from the other side previously and rather liked the idea of starting and finishing in Noordhoek.

Inquiries, however, proved fruitless and even the tourist information desk at the local farm stall resulted in the non-committal “I don't think that you can get there from here”. I was sure one could – although the Hoerikwaggo trail is yet to be completed, that part at least, I was fairly sure, was open.

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