This is a continuation of the Smitswinkel Viewpoint to Buffels Bay Hike, and also requires some vehicle logistics. Cape Point Nature Reserve is potentially very hot and very windy: be prepared for both!


Getting there: from the main entrance to the Cape Point Nature Reserve, drive just less than 1 km along the road until you reach a gravel parking lot on the left of the road. This is the Smitswinkel Bay viewpoint. Continue on the tarred road all the way to Cape Point if you are leaving a car there to make it a one-way hike. You can see from the Garmin map that I ran back to my car along the road.
GPS Coordinates: -34.2669, 18.4639
Distance: 14km
Difficulty: some tricky sections in the Antoniesegat area

Set off from the Smitswinkel Viewpoint as described here. When you reach the parking lot at Buffels Bay, simply continue by following the road leading along the coast on the southern end. The trail is not as distinct from here on, but simply keep False Bay on your left and don’t stray more than 100m from the water’s edge. There are toilets here, and water is available.

Be careful as some boulder hopping is required. Also please be extremely careful once you reach Antoniesegat as it is fairly easy to miss the trail heading up the hill, and you may suddenly find yourself on the edge of a cliff.

You will reach a parking lot with a signpost displaying a little man “5” on the opposite side. Follow the trail up the hill, ignoring the signs pointing left to the Protea and Restio huts and right to the Erica Hut. At the top of the hill you will find a line of old fence posts marching along the ridge on your left.

Follow this Knife’s edge with the old fence posts on your left.

End your walk by taking the road up to the lighthouse if you are brave enough to make your way through the crowds of camera-toting tourists.

Slingsbys Cape Point map

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By David

Outdoor adventure enthusiast living on the Garden Route.

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