Constantia Nek

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Ravi N
Cape Town, South Africa1,153 contributions
Faraway is just a stones throw away - Great Covid 19 social distancing activity
Mar. 2020
After two decades of living in the mother city, we decided to try this activity called hiking to this far off destination De Villiers Dam off Constantia Nek or as close as we can get to it. We started off late on a Sunday afternoon, we walked up the Jeeps trail instead of taking the shorter but steeper stairs route. The dust road gradually meanders upwards and onwards we slowly progressed. We stopped at 30 Minute to get the heart rate down and upward we went. About an hour into then journey, we bumped into friends which gave us another welcome break. And the point where the second set of steps ended and met the Jeep trial, the road gets very steep for about 15-20 minutes before it plateaus out and the walk becomes flattish. All the time up, you are spoilt with the most beautiful scenery of the southern peninsula, which is breathtaking from a metaphoric view point as well. Although physically demanding its soul food and well worth the effort. Keep an eye out for the sandy pathway to De Villiers dam. The walk up took about 1hr 15min. With sun setting and the mist falling we decided to hike back, this time we decided to take the steps path down, the descent took just short of 45min but the steps can be a bit taxing but is manageable. All in all, what a great experience and breath of fresh air to get away from the Conora self isolation
Written 22 March 2020
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Navine C
Cape Town, South Africa37 contributions
Scenic Hike thru Enchanted Forest
Aug. 2017 • Family
Often I walk on Constantia Nek mountain, either on the flatter path which leads to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (u can enter for free when walking from the Nek) or upwards towards the damns at the back of Table Mountain. Both walks offer spectacular Scenery. The flatter path maintains a lower trajectory and at points you are immersed in middle earth's magical forest...and become Lord of the Rings much like Frodo Baggins. Here you will see the unique silvertree, thriving amongst the upright carcasses of dead alien trees. Just beyond lies spectacular views of the Cape Flats, stretching all the way to False Bay, with the Gordons Bay mountains in the distance. The many loose rocks on the lower path increase the risk of twisting an ankle ... be vigilant and tread carefully. The steep walk up to the Hutchinson damn is physically more demanding and requires correct footgear. Always take a cap and jacket, in case the weather turns. The uphill walk becomes steeper towards the summit, which then flattens out for a welcome break. The entire journey offers some of the most beautiful scenery in Cape Town and while it may be difficult for some, the vistas and stop over spots compare to the best in Cape Town. On top of the Nek find an overnight bungalow and paths to the four dams. These are great experiences in themselves and ideal for a picnic (no fires allowed). Keep walking to the Woodhead and Hely Hutchinson dams. Look out for the small museum which explains how these dams were built....this is often missed The top of the mountain shields views of city and feels as if you are in another world, covered with beach sand, unique vegetation and pitted sandstone rock formations. Plan 4 hours for the lower walk to Kirstenbosch ; the steep hike to the dams requires the entire day, is a great picnic experience and enjoyable for energetic children. (Please note there no toilets along the way). Take along your camera and binoculars. Hiking footwear or at least strong sport shoes are essential ; make sure you have warm clothing just in case the cloud comes over ... and it can do so without warning. Entry to the Nek is free and people are usually eager to guide you along the way. This lesser-known jewel of the Cape is frequented mostly by locals but for visitors, it is almost as good as going up Table Mountain. After all, it is the back end of Cape Town's iconic mountain. Enjoy safely.
Written 18 August 2017
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