Myburgh’s Waterfall Ravine to Suikerbossie

This is a fairly strenuous hike up Myburgh’s Waterfall Ravine in Hout Bay that then goes over the mountain to the Twelve Apostles path, descends Llandudno Ravine to Hout Bay Corner and ends at Suikerbossie. Please do not attempt this after rain; every year people are seriously injured on this route!

Getting there: Follow the road from Constantia Nek down to Hout Bay. Take a right into Disa River Road which takes you over a bridge; turn left into Valley Road at the stop sign and then immediately turn right into Garron Road. At the top turn right into Connamera, and then turn left into Farrier’s Way (which is a cul-de-sac). Wind your way up to the end of Farrier’s Way and park your car (please be mindful of the residents’ driveways).
GPS Co-ordinates: S 34°00.578′, E 18°22.733′
Distance: 7.75km
Difficulty: some tricky slopes on the ascent, exposure on the Llandudno side

There is a footpath leading up the mountain: it is thoughtfully signposted with a wooden sign. After a short walk up the slope (230m), you will meet a contour path — take a right and continue for a few minutes. After a few minutes more walking (250m), you will come to a river (or a rocky river bed in summer) under some trees: this is Myburgh’s Waterfall Ravine [S 34°00.388′, E 18°22.770′].

The path up the Ravine is fairly easy to follow, and you will in any case be following the course of the river all the way up to the top, with some of the route being boulder hopping in the river bed. There are beautiful waterfalls, and the ravine itself is quite dramatic in its beauty. There is normally a lot of water in winter, and you should watch your footing quite carefully — the ground underfoot is not as firm as elsewhere on Table Mountain. In summer it is dry in places, and the footing is equally unstable. In January and February you are almost certain to see plenty of Red Disas flowering in the damper areas.

The trail starts by heading up the left-hand side of the river. When you reach the first big waterfall, you will head up and away from the river to get around it.

Up ahead, and on the right-hand side of the river, if it is the season, you will see Red Disas. This is where the trail crosses the riverbed, and continues up the right-hand bank for a while. It is also here that the river gorge narrows, and you are now between two vertical cliffs [S 34°00.184′, E 18°22.585′].

Soon the path heads to the left, and you must step over a drop. The path is quite narrow, and care must be taken. There are some good tree roots at hand to help you across.

Once you have reached the top of the ravine, the going eases off considerably as you head up the slope of the head of the valley toward the Twelve Apostles path and the Atlantic coast with Judas peak on your left. Upon reaching the path [S 33°59.951′, E 18°21.763′], turn left and head south toward Llandudno. You will pass the path to the summit of Judas Peak on your left [S 33°59.981′, E 18°21.582′].

You more or less arrive above Oudekraal and the Twelve Apostles Hotel. From here you have stunning views of the Twelve Apostles, Clifton, Camps Bay, Oudekraal, and Llandudno, as well as the Antipolis and Boss 400 wrecks. This is a great stop for lunch, and a rest before a fairly strenuous descent.

Follow the path to the left, and you start slowly descending toward Suikerbossie. There are two routes, the main one, and another more exposed one marked “DANGEROUS” on Slingsby’s Table Mountain map which will test your nerves if you are nervous of exposed routes. Both of them are very steep. You will come to some metal fence posts at a junction in the path [S34°00.089′,E18°21.443′], this is the crucial point: you must go right to find the head of Llandudno Ravine (the “DANGEROUS” route leads left off this path a few meters after your turn at the junction). The path leads to the edge of the mountain again, and descends Llandudno Ravine above Llandudno.

You are not in the ravine for more than 10 minutes before you leave it on the left and head down to the path below you, at the bottom of Eureka Face. It is steep and fairly treacherous, although the path is in fairly good shape, and there are staples at one point [S 33°59.977′, E 18°21.271′].

Both options lead you down to the same path which then takes you on a contour around Eureka Face to Hout Bay Corner. The path arrives above Hout Bay Corner, and then drops down a small scramble that has metal staples (like the India—Venster scramble). You walk along the ridge of Hout Bay Corner to where the path drops left down 410 knee-shattering meters to the contour path [S 34°00.529′. E 18°21.274′]. Turn right to get to your car at Suikerbossie. If you have not left a car at Suikerbossie, you can follow the easy contour path back to your starting point 2,5km away.

This is one for: a packed lunch
This is not one for: those scared of heights or boulder hopping;  your dog

Table Mountain map

David

Outdoor adventure enthusiast living on the Garden Route.

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