Gargoyles to Hangklip

Swartkop to Hangklip and beyond

We took the Old Mule Trail up to Blockhouse Gap where two old blockhouses slowly weather away. Apparently the blockhouses were built at the beginning of World War I to guard the eastern approach through the nek to the naval ammunitions magazines that scar the high valley above Simonstown. From there a breathtaking walk along the Swartkop Ridges, up to Swartkop peak (678 m) and south to the spur north of Smitswinkel Bay afforded stunning vistas of the Cape Peninsula as well as across False Bay to Hangklip and beyond to Gansbaai. We left a second vehicle near the Cape Point gate and reached it about six hours and 11.4 km later. Photos and a Google Earth track follow …



As you can see from the photos, it was one of those azure days, illuminated by diamond light, that only the Cape can conjure up…

Or download the kmz file for viewing in Google Earth

View north

Kelson and me, Hangklip in the background across the bay