Silvermine Nature Reserve

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Nazlie D
Cape Town Central, South Africa274 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
We are a family group that hike every second week on one of the many trails that Cape Town has to offer. This week’s hike took us from Silvermine Dam to Elephant Eye Cave. The trail is a round trip of about 6km and took just under 2 hours to complete. A person needs to be moderately fit, even though it is an already climb. The route is well mapped. It is best to hike this one in a group as there were past security and safety incidents.
Some of the routes are shared by Mountain bikers and hikers. The views are magnificent. The cave has seating where you can enjoy snacks and relax. The routes offers lots of photo opportunities throughout the trails. At the start of the trail , you will walk past the Silvermine dam which is training ground for budding athletes and triathletes.
The Silvermine area is easy to find as it is part of the Table Mountain National Park and easy to find.
It is best to park inside the park. You can expect to pay R35 per person for a day visit/ permit
Written March 2, 2020
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands849 contributions
Oct 2021
Lovely nature surrounding a dam lake. Might get busy on holidays and weekends, has loads of parking and loads of braai spaces. Dogs not allowed, although some people didn't read those signs unfortunately. Good hiking.
Written November 5, 2021
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12 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
There's beautiful braai facilities as long as you go within the designated times(Usually April till about October) but the reserve is open for the summer days to picnic. You are allowed to swim in the Reservoir/Dam, we opted not to. Note there are MANY dogs and some people are not so courteous to pick up after their dogs have defecated. No sight of rangers or life gaurds while we were there. You can use your Green Card if you're a local. There are also hiking trails so bring along a pair of takkies(sneakers).
Written February 20, 2020
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tindo j
11 contributions
Aug 2019
A peaceful environment where you can be in harmony with nature and be doing some yoga sessions, a bit of hiking and even braaing / picnics. It offers a beautiful view of the dam..such a hidden gem. If you thinking of doing good work out or relaxing it is a must-go-to place.
Written January 21, 2020
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Imtithaal D
Cape Town, South Africa80 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
Most people who know or follow me on Insta, are aware that most of my Sundays (sometimes Saturdays) are spent in Silvermine Nature Reserve, which is part of the Sanparks Table Mountain National Park.

Where is Silvermine Nature Reserve?
If you are travelling on the M3 towards Muizenberg, you turn right at the end of the road to take
Ou Kaapse Weg on the way to Noordhoek. As you ascend the incline, the road will take a sharp right and Silvermine Nature Reserve is on the right hand side. If you are somewhat puzzled by my directions, just Google Maps it!

How much does it cost?
There is an entrance fee of R51 per adult. If you have a four-legged, furry friend, they charge R66 for the dog and an accompanying adult. Waleed and I used to pay these fees weekly, until we got a couples Wildcard (which provides unlimited entries into any of the parks or reserves) and a My Activity Permit for Kygo (this allows him into certain parks, reserves and beaches).

What can you do in Silvermine?
Once you’ve paid, you can make your way along the road to the main parking area. There are a number of hiking trails that you can do including the Elephant’s Eye Trail and the Noordhoek Circuit Peak. There are a myriad other trails that sprout off the major ones and if you are feeling adventurous and have the time, you can go exploring for as long as you like. There is a reservoir, where people tend to train for open water swims (for triathlons) or when it is hot to just cool down. There are braai facilities with picnic spots and the braaiing season is now open. It is limited during the year because of the potential for fires.

What is the Silvermine River Walk like?
Today we completed the Silvermine River Walk. We parked on the road and walked down the gravel road (to your left) just before the bathrooms. You will see a sign that marks the start of the trail. Part of the trail is made up of a wooden boardwalk and then there is some gravel. The majority of the trail is quite exposed to the sun so take a hat and lather on some sunblock before you head out. WE also usually take lots of water, some snacks or breakfast. This trail is moderately easy so you don’t have to be super fit. I walked it with my parents two weeks ago and they are both in their early 60s.

The board says it takes an hour but we took about 45 minutes one way, which included some water breaks for the humans and numerous dips for Kygo to cool down (he is a Rottweiler after all)! We passed a lovely waterfall and part of the trail requires you to climb down some rocks but it is not treacherous. On this hike it was Waleed, myself and Kygo. Preferably you should do it in a group as the have been quite a few attacks on the mountain. That’s why we got a fierce dog :)
Written October 24, 2018
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Cape Town, South Africa7 contributions
Jan 2015 • Family
We went to Silvermine Nature Reserve for an evening walk. Before we visited the park, we checked their tiny website: No indication of opening hours on the website. As Wild Card Members we entered the gate after 5 pm. We did not receive a map, nor did they provide us with any further information (e.g. the gate closes at 7 pm.). The gates of the National Parks that we visited mostly close shortly before sunset. But what a surprise for us: When we arrived at the main gate about 7.30 pm., it was locked. After a while we saw a small sign that you can easily overlook when you drive in, stating that the gate closes at 7 pm. No indication that they charge a fine after 7 pm. After several attempts to get out, we had to call Mountain Rescue (difficult as you often have no reception in this area) and had to wait for an hour before they came to unlock the gate. They confirmed that have seen our car before they left and locked us in on purpose. They did not even consider that we could have lost our way or could have been injured. All they did was to issue a fine of 500 Rand before they opened the gate. Is that a new trick of money making by SAN Parks and Table Mountain NP? We thought the main purpose and reason that rangers are around is to ensure that people and hikers are safe and to care for their well being. - Their behaviour was inappropriate and not caring for people. Over the last two decades visiting National Parks and doing hikes in South Africa, it has never happened to us before, Happy New Year SAN Parks!
Written January 3, 2015
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A Rob B
North Shields, UK103 contributions
Nov 2013 • Friends
The walk from the carpark to the cave, particularly using the signposted shortcut path, is just stunning, particularly if you're interested in the seething mass of biodiversity on either side of you. In November the proteas might not be in flower, but just about everything else is, including the cape dahlia (pea family).

The path is a bit rugged in places, but easily manageable in hiking sandals. The reward is the spectacular view over Tokai and Constantia from the cave and the lookout hut.

On the way back, a visit to the dam with a nice paddle in the cool waters is lovely.
Written November 30, 2013
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Graham M
Western Cape, South Africa213 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
Good views of the southern subourbs of Cape Town can be had from up here. Easy drive up to the top, where you can park and take in the cooler air an views.
Written July 5, 2019
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Noordwijk, The Netherlands65 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
love this place. well kept, good options for different hikes and the picknickspots have some shade. the swim is the best for me as an open water swimmer. but also just to play or cool down it is very nice
Written April 11, 2019
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Bantry Bay, South Africa11 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
Silvermine is a beautiful, brilliant nature reserve. It is a large damed lake with red colored water because of the plants. You can go for a hike up the mountain as well!
It is a great opportunity to enjoy natural warm water. If I could I would go every weekend!
The prices are fairly reasonable for children but adults are quite expensive, but the money is definitely worth it!
The view from the mountains are incredible there!

Written April 9, 2019
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