In previous blog posts, I have written about various exciting and adventurous activities to do in and around Cape Town. I particularly like hiking the many trails around Table Mountain, as much as I always regret it when I am half way up! One thing that does make me a lot more motivated when doing a specific trail is a reward at the end. I mean, I’m only human and we all like the idea of something waiting for you at the end of some hard work.
It wasn’t too long ago that I did my first hike which ends at a cave. And wow, it was so lovely to literally have the end in sight as you clamber up and know that reaching the cave will be totally worth it! There are quite a few different caves in the vicinity of Cape Town to be explored. One of the easier trails is up to the Woodstock Cave from the lower station of the cable car. At a good pace, you should reach the cave within an hour to an hour and a half. This depends if you take the zig zag winding route or choose to climb all the short cuts. The view from the top is incredible; a panoramic view of Lions Head, Cape Town city and Table Bay. The cave is about 50 meters wide, so take a picnic, as there is lots of space to sit and relax.
The epic view taken of Table Mountain from inside Wally’s Cave on Lion’s Head is enough to convince you to put on those hiking boots and go in search of this famous little spot. Again this is not a very strenuous trail, but you do need to be a little careful at a few places along the path. Just mind your step when going around a few of the boulders and you will be fine. Here too you have the option of the zig zag road or climbing up. I would suggest Googling the directions of how to get there as it can be a little confusing at times.
Elephant’s Eye is situated within the Table Mountain Nature Reserve but located on the Constantia side of the mountain. The reason for the name is that the mountain is shaped like the head of an elephant and the cave is situated exactly where the elephant’s eye would be. The hike can take up to 3 hours at a leisurely pace, including a picnic at the top. Once again when you reach the top you will astounded by the views. The fact that the roof of the cave is covered in ferns gives the cave a strange ‘fairy-tale like’ feel.
There are so many hidden treasures to discover in this amazing peninsula of ours, I could probably write another five blog posts only on the caves! And as I have said many times before, while you are studying English at Oxford English Academy, make sure you experience as much as possible. Our staff and teachers are all on standby to help you to choose and arrange any activity that you want to do!