Where in Cape town can a Family walk in nature safe

BTTB

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#22
Talking about temperatures over Table Mountain where the wind chill factor plays a big part in making it a pleasant or not so pleasant walk.

One of my best hikes was last year in August on a day when I measured 12 degrees on my bakkies temperature gauge when I parked at Constantia Nek.
I walked from Constantia Nek to the Cable Car via the track that leads on from behind the waterworks museum (not caring to check the name) and simply because there was absolutely no wind that day, it was perfect for hiking even on a cold winters day and I could push myself hard and not at any stage of the walk did I feel hot or bothered.
Now compare that hike on a cool winters day to the hike we did in January/February this year from Kloof Nek via the Pipe Track, up Corridor Ravine, taking a quick look at Tranquility Cracks and then back over the top of the mountain via the Valley of the Red Gods. The day started off like a normal Cape Town summers day well over 20 degrees and later just as we sat down for something to drink and eat at the Cable Car the TMNP people blew the horn and a message came on the intercom for everyone to head to the Cable Car immediately as the wind had suddenly come up but not just any wind, a freezing icy wind from the South. We were forced to stand in line waiting our chance to enter the Cable Car and we were literally hugging each other as it was so cold, it was something to witness the sudden change in temperatures.
I reckon the temperatures dropped down to below 10 degrees due to the wind chill factor and this after we had just completed a 7 hour hike and were all sweaty.

Sorry to ramble on a bit, other than fishing, hiking is my second favourite hobby. :)
 

CamiKaze

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Majik Forest is extremely boring.

+1 to Riebeeck Kasteel, I've been there twice, at the wine farm as you enter the place, the town with all those restaurants and stuff, and drove through the ghetto to see what it's like.
+1 to Kirstenbosch.

Where in CPT will you be? Can't give you a place that is too far from where you are.
 

Bunta

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#26
Fav hike though is the Crystal pools.
After the hour-ish long hike take a dip in the pools. Booking is essential though.
 
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Cape Point Nature Reserve. A few safe and thoroughly enjoyable hikes for the entire family:

Lighthouse Keeper’s Trail
The Lighthouse Keeper’s Trail is often overlooked by visitors eager to pay a visit to the iconic old lighthouse atop Cape Point, but this short trail that runs below the well-known landmark should not be missed. The trail begins just behind the upper funicular station, and a narrow but well-established path will lead you along a sheer cliff-face towards the lesser-known new lighthouse. It offers a fascinating perspective of the old Cape Point lighthouse which towers many metres above, and it walks you through historical bunkers and beautiful fynbos until the path runs out, at what certainly feels like the very tip of Africa.
Departs: Behind upper funicular station. Park at the Cape Point main parking area and walk to the station or save energy and take the funicular.
Distance: +-2km, one hour return
Difficulty: Easy
Cape of Good Hope Trail
The Cape of Good Hope trail takes you along a well-maintained and marked boardwalk towards the famous Cape of Good Hope sign, located on the rocky shoreline far below. The trail is popular for its accessibility, and for the unsurpassed views over the pristine Diaz Beach and rugged western shoreline. Make your way all the way to the very end of the trail, and you’ll have reached the most southern point of the Cape Peninsula – a perfect photo opportunity to prove that you’ve visited the most South Western corner of Africa.
Departs: Cape Point main parking area. Follow signs towards Cape of Good Hope.
Distance: +-3.5km, 2-3 hours return
Difficulty: Easy
Antoniesgat Trail
Buffels Bay Beach is a gem hidden from the main tour groups, and the Antoniesgat Trail that departs from nearby offers beautiful views, a moderate level of difficulty, and the opportunity to cool off in the tidal pools, or enjoy a braai at the well-maintained facilities, at the end of the walk. The walk takes you close to the action where powerful waves pound the peninsula, and there are a number of caves and tunnels to explore en-route. The views over the bay, towards the mountains, and of course up towards the Cape Point lighthouse make this one of the region’s most enjoyable short trails.
Departs: Traffic circle south of Buffels Bay Beach
Distance: 3.5km, 2-3 hours return
Difficulty: Moderate
Gifkommetjie
The Gifkommetjie trail follows the south western shores of Cape Point, and offers beautiful views of the unspoilt shoreline, lush green dune vegetation and open pans and marshes. It’s a great option for the moderately fit looking to get some good distance on a flat route, but can also be shortened if you’re just looking to stretch your legs, away from the busier sections of Cape Point. It’s an often overlooked region of the nature reserve, and the result is a feeling of true isolation and escapism in one of the most picturesque locations.
Departs: Gifkommetjie parking area, follow signposts upon entry into Cape Point
Distance: +-5.5km, 2 hours return
Difficulty: Easy
Kanonkop
The Kanonkop trail, which is a 3 hour circular route departing from the visitor centre, is one of the most popular among Cape Point hiking enthusiasts. Named after the old canon located at its peak, the Kanonkop trail provides impressive views over False Bay, Cape Point, Buffels Bay Beach, and the prominent Da Gama monument, and it also passes an interesting old lime kiln along the way. The trail requires only a moderate level of fitness, but if you’re feeling less energetic follow the road to Venus Pools and park close to the signs directing you up Kanonkop, a few hundred metres after the turnoff at Bynes.
Departs: Cape Point visitor centre
Distance: +-5.5km, 3 hours return
Difficulty: Moderate
Phyllisia Circuit
The Phyllisia Circuit, named after the large trawler that ran aground on the nearby shoreline in 1968, also departs from the Gifkommetjie parking lot. This circular route takes you parallel to the western Cape Point coastline, and returns along the shore. This too is an often overlooked route, and even on busy days can offer beautiful Cape Point tranquility.
Departs: Gifkommetjie parking area, follow signposts upon entry into Cape Point
Distance: +-7km, 3 hours return
Difficulty: Easy
Shipwreck Trail
Perhaps the most popular of the shorter walks at Cape Point are the shipwreck trails. These unique walks depart from the Olifantsbos parking area, and each offer fascinating insight into the early days of the many Cape Point maritime disasters and access to unspoilt fauna and flora. Read our guide to the Cape Point Shipwreck trail for more information on what you can expect from each of these walks.
 

itsme2

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#28
Silvermine (Dam Side),Cape Point,Kirstenbosch Gardens Upper Contour

People are always out on a hike on a Sunday.
Silvermine isnt safe at all. People were mugged at the dams at Knife and gunpoint last weekend. Avoid this place
 

garp

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#31
Cape Point - steep price to get in and far south so as far as I’m aware there is very little crime there. There are some good trails there.
 

Marsie27

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Talking about temperatures over Table Mountain where the wind chill factor plays a big part in making it a pleasant or not so pleasant walk.

...up but not just any wind, a freezing icy wind from the South. We were forced to stand in line waiting our chance to enter the Cable Car and we were literally hugging each other as it was so cold, it was something to witness the sudden change in temperatures.
I reckon the temperatures dropped down to below 10 degrees due to the wind chill factor and this after we had just completed a 7 hour hike and were all sweaty.
Sorry to ramble on a bit, other than fishing, hiking is my second favourite hobby. :)
BTTB, I hope genetic isn't reading this thread. When I commented similarly to your views on a thread a month ago, he accused me of an "old tannie response".
 

itsme2

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Did you mean the mugging attempt at Kleinplaas dam above simons town/redhill on the 9th?
apologies. correct. skim read this the other day. although there have been numerous muggings at silvermine too sadly. even some of the other best spots, like piers cave and skoorsteenkop. people should still go into the hills and enjoy nature. just dont take anything too valuable and try to be in groups (the obvious stuff), or hike routes that are remote and little traffic.
 
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