Constantia Nek to Cecilia Forest

October 17, 2017

What a great day out! It took us around 5 hours to complete the hike and we had two main tea breaks and a few stops along the way.

The first section goes from Constantia Corner up to the Nek to reach the remarkable Camel Rock formation (a rock resembling a camel).

The path starts quite steep up the slope and in some parts you have to do a bit of scrambling but the view is spectacular from there!



We had breakfast at my favourite spot (see below) where we could obverse a Rock Kestrel in action! It was hoovering in the air while looking for a prey and as soon as it found something comestible, it launched itself down at maximum speed...lucky to have seen it!

A spectacular view of Constantia and Hout Bay with the Little Lion's Head on the far right corner...

The second part of the hike started when we passed through the mountain back table to see the 4 dams: De Villiers, Alexandra, Victoria and the Woodhead, which provide water to the City of Cape Town. The oldest one is the Woodhead Reservoir , which was built in 1890's.



It was very windy on top so we had to leave the site quickly and reach the Cecilia Forest through Cecilia Ridge and return to the parking lot...

We had another tea break with the view of Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden on our left (see below) before reaching the forest!


You can smell all around the scent of wild flowers and indigenous plants, which are in bloom at this time of the year...





Syncarpha speciosissima,

Cape everlasting with papery bracts from the Daisy Family





Once we passed through the forest we had to walk for another 30 mins along gravel road to finally arrive at the parking lot





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