Knife Edge

Getaway (South Africa) - - TRAVEL CAPE TOWN -

WHY DO THIS HIKE?

Truly one of the most breath­tak­ing spots on the moun­tain, Knife Edge was long a thing of fan­tasy for me. I’d sit on the sum­mit of Devil’s Peak and gaze down at its ter­ri­fy­ing teeth. But when I fi­nally sum­moned the courage to tackle it, I dis­cov­ered it was a rel­a­tively non-daunt­ing hike.

It is, I’ll ad­mit, un­re­lent­ingly steep on the way up. And if you don’t like heights, the sheer drops will make you very un­com­fort­able. Which, for some of us, is part of what makes it so much fun!

HIKE DE­SCRIP­TION

From Rhodes Memo­rial car park, take the path lead­ing to the up­per gravel road and fol­low it to reach King’s Block­house. Be­hind the block­house, find the path lead­ing up to the Fire Look­out, which in­cludes some easy but ex­posed scram­bles. From here, carry on up Mow­bray Ridge, keep­ing to the trail on the left. This will bring you to Knife Edge. Make your way care­fully over the spec­tac­u­lar ridge across to Mi­nor Peak.

From Mi­nor Peak, you can choose to con­tinue across and up Devil’s Peak, but it’s a vague and some­times tricky path. Oth­er­wise, lo­cate the very over­grown trail be­hind Mi­nor Peak that zigzags down to the Up­per Tra­verse through dense protea for­est. Turn right to fol­low the Up­per Tra­verse back to Mow­bray Ridge and re­trace your steps from there.

For a slightly longer and more cir­cu­lar hike, turn left on the Up­per Tra­verse and find the path that leads down again to the Mid­dle Tra­verse. Turn­ing right here will take you past the Wood­stock Cave and back to the King’s Block­house.

Strad­dle the moun­tain on Mi­nor Peak, with the city on one side and the sub­urbs on the other.

DIS­TANCE 8kmDU­RA­TION 4–5 hours re­turn EF­FORT Fairly stren­u­ous with a few easy scram­blesSKILL LEVEL You need to be rea­son­ably fit, with a good head for heights PARK­ING Rhodes Memo­rial RE­TURN ROUTE Ei­ther via the Up­per Tra­verse or the Mid­dle Tra­verse and Wood­stock Cave­tock CaveNOTE Due to the ex­treme ex­po­sure on Knife Edge, avoid hik­ing on a windy day

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