Constantia Corner Hiking Trail

Difficulty

Moderate

Fitness Level

Moderate

Height gain

510m: from 210m to 720m

Start point

Constantia Nek circle parking lot (opposite Constantia Nek Harbour House)

Route distance

+/- 5km

Average time

+/- 3 hours (depending on your fitness and experience level)

Constantia Corner Cape Town Hike

Photo credit: Flickr: andreavallejos

LOCATION

The Constantia Corner hike starts at the Constantia Nek circle parking lot (opposite Constantia Nek Harbour House).

HIKE OVERVIEW

Constantia Corner is a very popular route up the south-east corner of Table Mountain. The beautiful Constantia Corner hiking trail is an all-around enjoyable hike filled with stunning views of Hout Bay, the Constantia Valley, Orange Kloof, and the city of Cape Town. Despite its stunning surrounding scenery, Constantia Corner is not as easy-going as many might think. But it sure is exciting! You can expect a few short steep sections along the route that require you to use all fours – making this trail quite a fun and thrilling full body hiking adventure. This route also passes the famous Camel Rock – giving you the opportunity to discover some of Table Mountain’s hidden gems along the way. The Constantia Corner hiking trail has a south aspect which supports an incredible display of Cape fynbos, especially in spring.

ROUTE DESCRIPTION

The Constantia Corner hike starts at the Constantia Nek circle parking lot (opposite Constantia Nek Harbour House). From there you will walk up a tarred road that will lead you up the mountain. The tarred road turns into a gravel path after a few hundred meters after which you will see a footpath leading off to your left. Head up the stepped footpath until you re-join the jeep track further up the mountain. Once you reach the jeep track, head left to where the jeep track ends.

At the end of the road you should see another footpath leading off into the fynbos. Continue to follow this path until you reach a fork in the route. At the fork, head right and continue making your way up the mountain. It might seem confusing at first, but if you follow the directions you will be just fine!

As you head up the mountain, the trail will take you around the ridge on the Hout Bay side all the way to the top. Here you’ll be able to enjoy magnificent views over Orange Kloof and Hout Bay. Once you’ve taken a moment to admire the beauty in front of you, it’s time to gear up for some hard hiking graft! The next section of the trail is pretty challenging and includes a few short, but very steep climbs, with each climb getting steeper the higher you go. Stay focussed, be careful and don’t rush it – Just take it one steep climb at a time!

When you finally make it to the top of the ridge the path levels out and heads North towards De Villiers Dam. This is the perfect place to stop for a bit as it has tons of great spots to catch your breath, relax and have a bite to eat after all your hard work. Once you’ve recharged your hiking batteries, continue the path that leads you through a large gap in the rocks, with shady overhangs on both sides, and down into a small valley.

About 200m beyond this spot and 100m after one has passed a shallow nek you will find one of Constantia Corner’s coolest hidden gems – the famous Camel Rock – which, of course, resembles the shape of a camel. After passing the Camel Rock, the rest of the trail is fairly level. This gives you the opportunity to take it easy, fully appreciate your surroundings, explore a bit, and admire all the beautiful views around you – trust us, there’s plenty!

After a few hundred meters the trail will lead you right to the edge of De Villiers Dam with The Overseer’s cottage in the distance on the right. As you continue, the path will re-join with the concrete jeep track which you can follow back down to the parking lot where you started your Constantia Corner hiking adventure. Besides the Jeep Track, there are a range of return routes from here. While the quickest route is back down the Jeep Track, there are a range of other thrilling routes through Cecelia forest, including Cecelia Ravine, Cecelia Ridge, and several paths through the forest.