The Easiest Family Hike in Cape Point Revisited…

So we have been hiking in Cape Point again, we went to take a look at the places that we have hiked before… The weather was crisp and windy and perfect after a summer of really warm hikes, we could feel the change in the season.

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This hike was almost immediately after the fire… and were glad that there were still a couple of hikes available that weren’t devastated by the recent fires.

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A couple of months if not weeks from now these plains will be covered in fresh shoots of green sprouting. Previously when we have hiked through a burnt area we discovered that there is a lot of life in an area that looks somewhat devastated from afar.

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While the West Coast side of the park is burnt out for now, the False Bay side is good for hiking. There are two hikes on the False Bay side that we have done before. The one is a hard hike, doable and fun… but it long; and the other a really easy family friendly hike…

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The Most Family Friendly Hike

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We asked a couple of friends to joins us on this hike that begins at the Whale Look out. It is not quite whale season, so no whales in sight but the rocky cliffs and waves below are quite impressive enough.

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Looking South you can see Cape Point…

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And to the North… adventure awaits.

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The Route

You need to park a car where you intend to finish your hike, either Buffel’s Bay or Bordjiesrif and then get a ride to the start at Whale-watch Viewpoint. It is a fairly short and easy hike, with plenty of great spots to stop and play along the way. The hike begins with a quick and easy descent down to just above the water’s edge, and that is hardest part of the hike. (Imagine a hike where a quick and easy descent is the hardest part… gotta love it!!!). The hike starts off fairly rocky, but once you are at the coast it is grassy all the way, until almost at the end where there is a sandy beach to cross.

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Down at the coast there are good spots to stop and have a picnic…

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Lunch always tastes better in the great outdoors…

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Take the time for a game of tag…

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And some folk always wanted to explore a whole lot more…

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If you sit quietly above these rocky outcrops you will see dassies come out and sun themselves, but quietly is not always an option with a dozen kids…

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Just beyond the rocky descent there are some sandy slopes…

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Turns out the path takes you through piles of ancient sea-shells…

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And there are lots of treasures to take a peak at…

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Looking for Wild Animals

When you are walking through a nature reserve, you are highly likely to bump into some wildlife…

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If you hope to see wildlife then you have to walk together and you have to walk without too much shouting and leaping around. Learn to look out for signs of wildlife… spot them and make sense of them.

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On this hike we spotted tortoises and plenty of impressive birds…

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Take Plenty of Breaks

The thing about hiking with kids is that you want them to finish the hike with plenty of enthusiasm, with the idea that they have had a good day out and that they would like to go back and to more of the same. The trick to keeping kids happy on a hike is plenty of stops. Make sure you have lots of time to for breaks, just to play and look around. A quick march is only fun if you are playing at marching… and the child that is terribly tired of walking and cannot walk another step will have a complete revival if they are told that you are taking a break and they can play for a couple of minutes. We stopped to play with the waves…

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Then we did something creative…

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We firmly believe in finishing strong… so we keep a great snack for close to the finish, and a last play and hunt for treasures on the beach…

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Before getting to the finish as a team.

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Other SAN PARKS Hiking Posts

Hiking in the Cape Peninsula

Cape Point and Outings with SAN Parks


8 Replies to “The Easiest Family Hike in Cape Point Revisited…”

  1. You know, my happiest memories as child of our family were the hikes we did. And I love your approach of keeping it enjoyable with fun and stops in between, especially for the little people.
    I am all inspired all over again!

  2. Hay Corli, hiking together is possibly the best thing for us all to do together. Something for all ages to enjoy and it is free. Not to mention these kids will get me fit eventually!!! Hope you are having a fun weekend!!!

  3. I love reading your hiking posts… I really should take our kids on one sometime soon. We’ve been doing a lot of bike riding together the last six months but road traffic leaves us a little limited on where we can and can’t go locally. Hiking doesn’t have that problem!

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