Things To Do in Cape PointAntoniesgat Trail
Where? Start at turning circle just south of Buffels Bay Beach in the Cape Point Nature Reserve.
When? Daylight hours.
How much? Free
Start: Turning circle just south of Buffels Bay Beach (Cape Point Nature Reserve)
Finish: Buffels Bay Beach
Duration: 3.5 km, roughly 2 hours (depending on the fitness of the group and how often you stop)
Our tip: remember sun hats and sunscreen; bear in mind that the south easter can really blow in the reserve
Antoniesgat Trail is one of nine trails within the reserve.
Buffels Bay, whilst a firm favourite braai spot for families during the summer months, is one of the more beautiful and desolate beaches of Cape Town protected by Cape Point Nature Reserve. As such it is wilder than the more popular swimming beaches closer to the city bowl.
Antoniesgat is one of several caves on the Cape peninsula formed by the consistent pounding of waves against the headland. It is particularly beautiful and ridden with rather mysterious tunnels just asking to be explored. Head into the space and fall still. The silence inspires.
But it is not the destination that is all important on this hike. Rather it is the exceptional views en route that will bring your feet to a standstill – views out over False Bay, the Hottentots Holland Mountains just across the sea, Vasco da Gama peak and the cape Point lighthouse.
It is not a difficult hike but you might find it takes longer than anticipated simply because you keep stopping to digest the views. Think of it as a really great way to experience Cape Point Nature Reserve.