Hike With Willemien The Orange Kloof Trail

The Orange Kloof Hiking Trail is a challenging and rewarding trail located in the Table Mountain National Park in Cape Town, South Africa. It is a popular hiking destination for those looking for a strenuous hike with breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Here is a comprehensive guide for hiking the Orange Kloof Hiking Trail.

  • Trail length: The Orange Kloof Hiking Trail is approximately 9.3 km (5.8 miles) in length and is considered a full-day hike. It is a circular trail that starts and ends at the Orange Kloof parking lot.
  • Fitness level required: This trail is considered strenuous and is recommended for experienced hikers with a good level of fitness. Hikers should be prepared for steep and rocky terrain, as well as several challenging ascents and descents. It is important to be physically prepared for the hike and to have appropriate footwear and gear.

The Orange Kloof Hiking Trail offers a unique opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the Table Mountain National Park. Hikers will encounter a diverse array of flora and fauna, including endemic fynbos plants, Cape mountains butterflies, and a variety of bird species. Along the way, hikers will also have stunning views of the surrounding mountains, including Devil’s Peak and Table Mountain, as well as the Atlantic Ocean.

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The best time to hike the Orange Kloof Hiking Trail is during the spring and summer months, which are from September to April. During this time, the weather is warm and dry, providing ideal conditions for hiking. Hiking during the winter months is not recommended as the trail can be slippery and dangerous due to wet and muddy conditions.

— with Michelle Christine Smuts at Orangekloof.

By following these tips, you can make the most of your hike on the Orange Kloof Hiking Trail and enjoy the breathtaking views and diverse natural environment that the trail has to offer.

  • Start early: It is recommended to start the hike early in the morning to avoid the heat of the day and to ensure enough time to complete the trail before dark.
  • Bring plenty of water: The hike can be strenuous and it is important to stay hydrated. It is recommended to bring at least 2 liters of water per person.
  • Wear appropriate footwear: The trail is rocky and steep, so it is important to wear sturdy and supportive hiking boots or shoes.
  • Wear a hat and bring sunscreen: The sun can be intense, so it is important to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.
  • Stay on the trail: To minimize your impact on the environment and to ensure your own safety, it is important to stay on the trail and not to venture off-trail.

Hiking to the People’s Trail Hut makes for a great way to spend a night in the outdoors. The Table Mountain hut was originally built for the Resident Engineer overseeing construction of the Woodhead and Hely-Hutchinson Reservoirs on the lower table. In 1904 when the dams were completed and the hut due to be demolished, the MCSA approached the Cape Town City Council and negotiated a lease agreement. The nominal rental of one pound per annum was later dropped because it wasn’t cost-effective for the council to continue collecting it. The hut falls under SANParks these days and provides adequate, yet basic accommodation that is reminiscent of school camping trips.

Getting there: To get to the hut, you need to follow the Orange Kloof Hiking Trail and take the turn-off to the People’s Trail Hut. The trail is well-marked and visitors should not have trouble finding their way.

The hut is situated in a beautiful and scenic area surrounded by stunning mountain views.

Visitors to the People’s Trail Hut should also be aware of the importance of environmental responsibility and to take care to minimize their impact on the surrounding environment. This includes adhering to the Leave No Trace principles and practicing responsible waste management.

Charlene Smuts Francois Retief Lynette Kuhn Karen De Villiers Jenny Mosime Michelle Christine Smuts

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