Orange Kloof – 29/05/2016
This hike starts at Constantia Nek and is included in the Hoerikwaggo Table Mountain Trail. You will require a permit and a guide for this trail. Vegetation is incredibly dense.
Once inside the ancient Afromontane forest you are completely isolated and it looks and feels like you are in a different world. Michael Wilcox shared with us his wealth of knowledge about the area, from flowers and trees to frogs. The path leads up to the break pressure tank were the water gets filtered.
The pools and waterfalls is a sight to behold, too beautiful for words as they cascade like soft snow balls down the each level below.
Our hike leader Khalid Chogle, also an experienced climber, showed us an easy way of getting across the traverse up to Hell’s Gate. This part of the trail is very high with a steep scramble which should only be attempted under the supervision of an experienced leader.
We visited Woodhead Tunnel which was the first tunnel built in the area in 1891. It is not in use anymore. The “new” Apostle Tunnel was built in 1964 and still feeds water to the Camp’s Bay area.
On the way back down, in the area between Orange Face and the Jeep track, Michael pointed out a rock feature that resembles a sheep’s head – see picture and let us know if you agree!
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