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Fynbos hike at Silvermine

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Fynbos hike at Silvermine

18 reviews
Paused through July 14. To protect the health of our community, Airbnb Experiences in many regions are paused due to COVID-19. Visit the Help Center for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
3.5 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Food, Drinks
Hosted in
English
guided hike

Fynbos hike at Silvermine

guided hike

Fynbos hike at Silvermine

18 reviews
Paused through July 14. To protect the health of our community, Airbnb Experiences in many regions are paused due to COVID-19. Visit the Help Center for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
3.5 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Food, Drinks
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

This is a wonderful opportunity to hike in a quieter area with unparalleled views of the central Cape Peninsula & Hout Bay from Noordhoek Peak! All the while you'll be hiking with a literal Silvermine local - we actually lived within the National Park in what's known as the Silvermine Valley. This area was Justin's childhood turf & Mark's office where the mountains were an extension of our garden. We'll spend the morning (or afternoon) hiking a circular trail through diverse mountain Fynbos (pronounced: fane - boss) in the Silvermine section of the Table Mountain National Park. The emphasis is on looking at the details of the unique biodiversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom & we'll be stopping as we hike to chat to you about the different floral species we see within the Fynbos Biome. We'll walk you through just what makes Fynbos, Fynbos! Depending on the time of year you may see anything from beautiful little blue orchids to magnificent giant pink proteas. Wildlife is shy, however we may possibly see the majestic resident pair of Verreaux's Eagles soaring overhead in search of prey. Our hike is on standard trails, so it's for all levels (family friendly) & we'll cover around 7km at an easy pace. In the warmer summer months bring swim gear as you may want to jump into the recreational Silvermine Dam at the end of the trail (when doing the morning schedule). It's so refreshing

Justin's commitment to safety

This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines—including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practicing good hygiene, and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.

Your hosts

We're a father & son guiding duo, Mark & Justin Hawthorne, with a unique Cape Town background of having lived within the National Parks' borders for almost 3 decades! Mark is a Nature Conservationist by profession, starting off in 1982 as a Ranger and later as an Environmental Educator - spending just shy of 40 years working on the Table Mountain range. Thanks to Mark's job, Justin had the privilege of growing up within the boundaries of the incredible Table Mountain National Park at Silvermine - the mountains here were their literal backyard! Justin, who got into guiding back in 2007, spends roughly 240 days a year in the mountains & collects data on Klipspringers while doing so. We live for sharing our love of nature by leading interpretive nature trails & outdoor excursions across the fynbos covered mountains of the Western Cape.
Justin
Justin
Mark
Mark

What's included

Food
Trail snack
Drinks
We'll bring some local tea to enjoy on the mountain.

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Where you'll be

Silvermine is located in the central section of the Table Mountain National Park & is the real gem of the Cape Peninsula. Learn about our indigenous mountain fynbos while we enjoy incredible views of Noordhoek Beach, Chapman's Peak, False Bay & Hout Bay. Silvermine is nearby the Constantia Wine Valley, Muizenberg, Kalk Bay and Chapman's Peak Drive so build these spots into the remainder of your day out.

Availability

Activity advisory

Outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests of all ages can attend. Although you need to have a good level of fitness the route is of an easy to moderate nature, on standard trails and there are no 'major' ups or downs. As such, all hiking skill levels are welcome! This one is…

What to bring

Backpack to carry gear & water

More tips

All hiking skill levels welcome! Please bring ZAR 128 pp for the National Park gate fee in cash & it's always advisable to leave valuables (Jewellery, Passport, etc.) at Airbnb when out exploring. Visibilty at the peak may be non-existent should there be cloud about. The view is always a bonus :-)

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Fynbos hike at Silvermine
18 reviews
From $26/person
18 reviews
From $26/person