Fynbos hike at Silvermine

Cape Town, South Africa

Experience hosted by Justin

3.5 hours, Hosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 10 people
Includes drinks

What you'll do

This is a wonderful opportunity to hike in a quieter area with unparalleled views of the central Cape Peninsula & Hout Bay from Noordhoek Peak! All the while you'll be hiking with a literal Silvermine local - we actually lived within the National Park in what's known as the Silvermine Valley. This area was Justin's childhood turf & Mark's office where the mountains were an extension of our garden.

We'll spend the morning (or afternoon) hiking a circular trail through diverse mountain Fynbos (pronounced: fain - boss) in the Silvermine section of the Table Mountain National Park.

The emphasis is on looking at the details of the unique biodiversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom & we'll be stopping as we hike to chat to you about the different floral species we see within the Fynbos Biome. We'll walk you through just what makes Fynbos, Fynbos! Depending on the time of year you may see anything from beautiful little blue orchids to magnificent giant pink proteas. Wildlife is shy, however we may possibly see the majestic resident pair of Verreaux's Eagles soaring overhead in search of prey.

Our hike is on standard trails, so it's for all levels (family friendly) & we'll cover around 7km at an easy pace. In the warmer summer months bring swim gear as you may want to jump into the recreational Silvermine Dam at the end of the trail (when doing the morning schedule) - reinvigorating!
Other things to note
All hiking skill levels welcome!

Please bring ZAR 128 pp for the National Park gate fee in cash & it's always advisable to leave valuables (Jewellery, Passport, etc.) at Airbnb when out exploring.

Visibilty at the peak may be non-existent should there be cloud about. The view is always a bonus :-)
This is a wonderful opportunity to hike in a quieter area with unparalleled views of the central Cape Peninsula & Hout Bay from Noordhoek Peak! All the while you'll be hiking with a literal Silvermine local - we actually lived within the National Park in what's known as the Silvermine Valley. This area was Justin's childhood turf & Mark's office where the mountains were an extension of our garden.

We'll spend the morning (or afternoon)…

What's included

  • Drinks
    We'll bring some local tea to enjoy on the mountain.

Meet your host, Justin

Host on Airbnb since 2016
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We're a father & son guiding duo, Mark & Justin Hawthorne, with a unique Cape Town background of having lived within the National Parks' borders for almost 3 decades!

Mark is a Nature Conservationist by profession, starting off in 1982 as a Ranger and later as an Environmental Educator - spending just shy of 40 years working on the Table Mountain range.

Thanks to Mark's job, Justin had the privilege of growing up within the boundaries of the incredible Table Mountain National Park at Silvermine - the mountains here were their literal backyard!

Justin, who got into guiding back in 2007, spends roughly 240 days a year in the mountains & collects data on Klipspringers while doing so.

We live for sharing our love of nature by leading interpretive nature trails & outdoor excursions across the fynbos covered mountains of the Western Cape.
We're a father & son guiding duo, Mark & Justin Hawthorne, with a unique Cape Town background of having lived within the National Parks' borders for almost 3 decades!

Mark is a Nature Conservationist by profession, starting off in 1982 as a Ranger and later as an Environmental Educator - spending just shy of 40 years working on the Table Mountain range.

Thanks to Mark's job, Justin had the privilege of growing up within the boundaries of the incredible Table Mountain Nation…
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R300 per person, previously R375
R300 per person, previously R375

Where you'll be

Silvermine is located in the central section of the Table Mountain National Park & is the real gem of the Cape Peninsula.
Learn about our indigenous mountain fynbos while we enjoy incredible views of Noordhoek Beach, Chapman's Peak, False Bay & Hout Bay.

Silvermine is nearby the Constantia Wine Valley, Muizenberg, Kalk Bay and Chapman's Peak Drive so build these spots into the remainder of your day out.

Rated 4.96 out of 5 from 27 reviews.

Suhair
May 2021
What a beautiful morning! Justin amazed us with his kind compassion passion and gentle consideration of the natural wonder found in our world, and of course particularly the unique beauty of our fynbos. It was so much more than a hike, but a deep exploration of our relationship with the environment. We were blessed with a perfect sunny winters day, and Justin guided us on a spectacular morning in his company. Thank you!
What a beautiful morning! Justin amazed us with his kind compassion passion and gentle consideration of the natural wonder found in our world, and of course particularly the unique…
Micaela
April 2021
We had a great hike together with Justin who taught us so much about the Fynbos! You really started seeing things with new eyes after learning so many interesting things about the vegetation. Great experience!
Gail
January 2021
A spectacular hike at Silvermine. Flawless weather, fantastic views, a little bit of fitness, and great company! It was so great, I signed up for another hike the next week.
Michelle
January 2021
Lovely hike with the most incredible views. Mark was a wealth of knowledge and stories about the local flora and the surrounds which made it more than just a hike - It was an experience- and a wonderful one at that! The communication and and arrangements prior to the were top notch and the experience a truly memorable one all round.
Lovely hike with the most incredible views. Mark was a wealth of knowledge and stories about the local flora and the surrounds which made it more than just a hike - It was an exper…
Lauren
December 2020
Nice morning hiking around silvermine! Definitely recommend this experience to anyone looking to get off the main tourist trail a bit and hike somewhere other than just lions head and table mountain. Thank you Justin!!
Mirran
December 2020
What an amazing hike! If you’re a plant person, a naturalist, or the like- this walk will be so wonderful. Justin is deeply knowledgeable, engaging, and fun. A ‘must do’ tour for visitors and locals!

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests of all ages can attend.

What to bring

Backpack to carry gear & water

Suitable trail shoes / hiking boots / running shoes