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Silvermine Nature Reserve

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Photo Caption: This beautiful dam lies at the top of a mountain right in the heart of #capetown. It has amazing hiking, trail running, dog walking and swimming opportunities. You’ll often find triathletes training in its waters and if you are lucky you might even spot some black eagles. #capetownliving #secretcapetown #guesswherecapetown #guesswhere #tablemountainnationalpark
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The Silvermine Nature Reserve which forms part of the Table Mountain National Park is a favorite destination for locals and tourists alike. The reserve covers the section of the Cape Peninsula mountain range from the Kalk Bay mountains through to Constantiaberg. It got its name from the Silvermine River which starts in the reserve and runs to Clovelly.

It is not only an important conservation area for indigenous fynbos plants, it is also a popular place for walking, hiking, caving, rock climbing, mountain biking, and bird watching. One of the fun things to do in the reserve is to take a short and easy hike to the Elephant’s eye. There are also great rock climbing routes on the Muizenberg Peak for the thrill seekers. For those who enjoy mountain biking, the best trails are situated on the west side of the reserve. There are also several picnic and braai areas in the reserve for you to enjoy with your family and friends.

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Located on the North side of the reserve, is the Silvermine reservoir, built in 1898 to supply water to Cape Town. The dam is considered by many as the main attraction of the reserve. It is a relaxing and beautiful spot for a picnic and a braai. People also enjoy taking a dip in the cool fresh water and a leisurely stroll on the wheelchair-accessible boardwalk around the dam.

Just a few minutes away from the city center, the Silvermine Nature Reserve is definitely the perfect place to unwind and take a short break from city life.

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