Things To Do in Cape PointTwo Oceans Hike
Where? Start at the gates of Cape Point Nature Reserve and finish at Olifantsbos beach, on the other side of the peninsula.
When? Daylight hours.
How much? Free
The Two Oceans Hike is also known as the Sirkelsvlei hike.
Start: the gates of Cape Point Nature Reserve
Finish: Olifantsbos beach, on the other side of the peninsula
Duration: 9 km one way (leaving a car at Olifantsbos beach is a good idea, but you can do a return hike)
Fitness: one-way it's not difficult, although exposed to the elements
Our tip: get there early! (best to enter the reserve when it opens - 7am)
Map: best done with the latest Peter Slingsby Cape Point (and Simon's Town) map
This hike links one side of the peninsula with the other; one ocean (the Indian) with the other (the Atlantic). It leaves the gates at the entrance and heads towards Olifantsbos beach, well known for the Thomas Tucker Shipwreck hike (you can add the wrecks to this hike as it is not a long beach walk from the car park at Olifantsbos).
The well marked trail links up with Sirkelsvlei, the round lake in the middle of the nature reserve, with its own beach and often the chance to spot bontebok on its banks. It is not a difficult walk, but you will need protection from the sun and the wind.
The start of the trail heads up over Rooihoogte, the little hill to the right of the entrance to the reserve. From up here you can see Sirkelsvlei, and the clear path that will take you there.
The hike keeps Sirkelsvlei on your left before heading up a slight rise, after which you make your way to Olifantsbos beach. Look out for Koggelman Arch, about halfway to Olifantsbos, as this is a remarkable rock formation.
The reserve hires out a beautiful cottage, Olifantsbos Cottage, just off the beach. It sleeps 12 in the house and accompanying dorm-style cottage. To reserve phone SanParks.
The beach immediately in front of the house is yours for the duration of your visit. Only hikers on the Thomas Tucker trail will venture past. Years ago the house was used as accommodation for botanists and known as Skaife House.
Olifantsbos has been described as the Cape Point's best-kept secret.