Farmers Cliffs

Leave a car at Black Rocks, just after the old Lime Kiln to make it a one-way trip — pack a picnic and your bathing gear as there are beautiful beaches and tidal pools for swimming!

Getting there: from the main entrance to the Cape Point Nature Reserve, drive just less than 1 km along the road until you reach a gravel parking lot on the left of the road. This is the Smitswinkel Bay viewpoint. Continue on the tarred road for about 5km, before turning left to Bordjesdrift turnoff, and then hallway down the hill turn left again to the Black Rocks parking. If you are leaving a car there to make it a one-way hike.

Difficulty: grade 2B, comfortable hiking on easy to follow trail

farmer1The trail leaves the Smitswinkel Viewpoint parking lot at the south end on an easy-to-follow, stony path. The trail leads south toward Cape Point, hugging the False Bay coast. Keep your eyes open: you are quite likely to spot Chacma baboons, as well as ostrich and antelope.

The trail leads you almost to the top of Judas Peak, then on to Die Boer.

It then skirts around the inland slopes of Paulsberg (the tallest of the peaks), before ascending to Kanonkop.

There is a canon on Kanonkop, once used to warn Simon’s Town of approaching ships.

At the Canon there are trail options to go West and follow the Hoerikwaggo trail, or to go East down to Black Rocks / Booi se Skerm. Take the Eastern option.

The trail then drops down a gully to sea-level at Booi se Skerm where you will find your cars. Turn south (right) and follow the tarred road, be sure to have a look at the old lime-kiln on the right-hand side of the road. Look out for game: we saw bontebok and ostrich along the shoreline! Then, after dropping your kit in the cars, go North along the tar road to Venus Pool for a picnic and possibly a swim.

If you wish to make the day slightly longer you could choose to leave the cars at Buffels Bay which is an absolute gem. Alternately drive from Booi se Skerm to Buffels Bay if you wish to braai or swim in the tidal pool. It looks as though at some time in the past it was a camping area: terraced grass surrounding braai areas next to a stunning tidal pool [-34.313321, 18.461963], complete with a shower and ablution blocks. There is a launch slip for boats.