As with most hikes on the Cape Peninsula, this traverse is visually spectacular. It can be walked in either direction, but on this occasion the MCSA trail leader thought it better to tackle the steep section in the morning because high northerly winds were expected later in the day. It was a great decision because viewing the southern peninsula and its red cliffs in the golden dawn light was amazing – that is, as long as one stopped regularly to turn around and enjoy the views. Usually the vistas over the Cape Point section unfold as one approaches it from the north.

The pace was surprisingly fast, but we did enjoy three tea and lunch stops where we could gaze down on the False Bay coast. By 13h30 the 10.6 km hike, over which we had cumulatively gained 825 m, was done.

Yes, it feels good!
Dawn over the Hottentots-Holland
Precarious tea break
View north from Swartkop
The blockhouse in Blockhouse Gap

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