Woodstock Cave: Cape Town’s Window

(Hike from Rhodes memorial)

Difficulty: Easy 

We reached the large and wide opening of the cave, peering down to see only white fluffy clouds. It seemed as if we were a lot higher up in the mountains than the actual location of the cave. As the warmth of the sun baked the earth, the building tops of the city started peeking through the white mass.

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This was the second time I’ve hiked up to Woodstock Cave – It was just as rewarding as the first time. The wide crack in the mountain is visible from Woodstock and surrounds and is one of the biggest caves in Table Mountain National Park. It is a relatively easy hike, even though I would not recommend to hike without proper trail shoes/takkies, water and snacks.

The trail to Woodstock Cave starts at Rhodes Memorial. Once parked at the parking lot you should make your way toward the mountain. On the left end of the parking lot the trail starts ascending up the mountain.  I must admit, this initial ascent is rather steep and leaves me red-faced and out of breath (or maybe I’m just unfit?!).

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Follow the zig-zag path upwards until you reach Kings Blockhouse. From there you continue to take the path that goes right (towards Cape Town city centre) and around the mountain. The path’s incline steadies as it contours around the mountain to the cave and offers many opportunities to stop and take in the views of the city, sea and mountains. Keep following the path until the cave is in site – you won’t miss it!

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Duration

The duration of the hike is about 45 minutes one-way, so be sure to set aside 2,5 – 3 hrs to have enough time to enjoy a packed lunch with some friends whilst taking in the terrific views.

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What to take:

  • Walking shoes – proper walking shoes have better grip and help to prevent injuries sustained by slipping and falling.
  • Water – stay hydrated when exercising, especially outdoors.
  • Food – to keep glucose (energy) levels up
  • Sunblock – protect your skin from the harsh African sun
  • Camera – you would not want to miss an opportunity to take some picturesque photos
  • Cellphone – always take a cellphone with you for in case of an emergency.

Please save the Mountain Rescue number +27 (021) 9370 300 before departing on the hike.

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Please note: Muggings have been reported along a number of trails in Cape Town. Always be vigilant and hike in numbers.