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.
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.