Con­stan­tia Cor­ner

Getaway (South Africa) - - TRAVEL CAPE TOWN -

WHY DO THIS HIKE?

Let’s be hon­est, hike-aholics: there are only so many times you can slog up Skele­ton from Kirsten­bosch be­fore it starts feel­ing like a com­mute. Not to men­tion that the trees, while shady, block the view most of the way.

Like Skele­ton, Con­stan­tia Cor­ner is a quick and easy hike, with some fun scram­bles and a jun­gle gym of boul­ders at the top. But it also of­fers fab­u­lous views over the Penin­sula and much less foot traf­fic. It’s an ideal route for cold or windy days, as it’s sunny and sur­pris­ingly well-pro­tected from all but the worst south­east­ers.

HIKE DE­SCRIP­TION

Start­ing from the park­ing lot at Con­stan­tia Nek, walk up the short stretch of road to reach the Bri­dle Path (dirt road), but in­stead of fol­low­ing it to the right, go straight up the steps that lead to Ea­gle’s Nest. From there, fol­low the path slightly right through the trees and up the ridge­line of Con­stan­tia Cor­ner.

It’s a fairly steep climb, with a cou­ple of short scram­bles, but a tal­ented dog can man­age it. At the top, the path takes you through gen­tly un­du­lat­ing fyn­bos and beau­ti­fully sculpted sand­stone boul­ders, one of which looks ex­actly like a camel. (Yes, it’s called Camel Rock. And yes, it’s #in­sta­wor­thy.)

The path pops out rather sud­denly be­side the De Vil­liers reser­voir and back onto the Bri­dle Path. From here, you can ei­ther carry on ex­plor­ing the moun­tain­top (what you should do), or stroll straight back down the road to drink beer at La Parada (what you prob­a­bly will do).

The steep as­cent pro­vides gor­geous views over Or­ange Kloof and Hout Bay.

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