Things To Do in Hout BayMyburgh's Waterfall Ravine Trail
Where? Start at Farriers Way (a cul de sac off Hunters Way) in Hout Bay and finish at Suikerbossie restaurant.
When? Daylight hours.
How much? Free
Start: Farriers Way (a cul de sac off Hunters Way)
Finish: Suikerbossie restaurant
Duration: 8 km, roughly six hours
Fitness: moderate to fit
Our tip: best to do the hike in winter if you want to see the waterfalls, however you then miss the Disa flowers
Whilst still something of a steep climb (anything up Table Mountain involves climbing), Myburgh's ravine on Table Mountain is easy to reach. The ravine overlooks Hout Bay and is particularly well known for its red Disa flowers during summer (Jan through March).
Despite being named after the ravine, the trail is essentially the Suikerbossie circuit. It is a difficult hike, closer to a scramble than a sedate walk, and you need to be relatively fit to do it. Whilst the cool ravine provides shade, the rest of the hike is exposed and can get very hot.
From Farriers Way there is a footpath that leads up the mountain (there is a wooden sign indicating the start of the walk) via an indigenous forest. You will meet the contour path that follows the stream (to the right). A little further along brings you to the base of Myburgh's Waterfall.
From here the path heads all the way up the ravine and it is simple to follow, bar a couple of detours to circumvent waterfalls. The route is steep and includes having to boulder hop in the river bed, but worth it for the dramatic scenery and waterfalls (particularly after rains, although slippery when wet).
Just before the top of the ravine the path becomes a little narrow. Watch out for the roots of trees.
The good news is that once at the top, the pace eases substantially and one can enjoy the views as you head towards the Twelve Apostles, Judas peak on your left. You can detour to the summit of Judas Peak, or continue on down towards Llandudno.
The path down the Llandudno Ravine is steep and loose. Watch your step. You descend onto the contour path above Suikerbossie. Right takes you to Suikerbossie restaurant, whilst left takes you back across a ravine to Farriers Way (2.5km).