Elephants Eye cave is a popular hiking destination

Elephants Eye Cave was named based on the shape of the mountain side which looks like an elephant’s head and the cave resembles an elephant’s eye. The cave is located in the Constantia mountain range and can be accessed by Silvermine Nature Reserve or Tokai Forest.

The Silvermine hiking trail overlooks Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs and is an excellent view point for taking breath-taking photos and also offers some small rivers and huge trees.

Silvermine Nature Reserve offers different hiking trails and is the perfect spot for a whole day of fun activities with friends and fam.

Silvermine Hiking Trail Details

Time

± 2 Hours

Distance

± 5 KM

Difficulty

Moderate

Terrain

Single rocky track, steps, ladders and steep sections.

Silvermine Nature Reserve Location

  • Silvermine forms part of the Table Mountain National Park and the entrance to the gates at the top of Ou Kaapse Weg.
  • From Cape Town CBD, drive south down the M3
  • At the end of the M3 turn right
  • 2nd Traffic lights thereafter, turn left onto Ou Kaapse Weg. Go all the way to the top. As you reach the top, you will see the entrance to the Silvermine Nature Reserve on your right.
  • Once you have entered the nature reserve drive towards the end where the reservoir is and park your car there.
  • You are able to access all hiking and cycling trails and the reservoir from the location

Things to do at Silvermine Nature Reserve:

  • Other hiking routes
  • Cycling trails
  • Swim in the reservoir
  • Braai with family and friends
  • Money – There is an entrance fee per person and for dogs.
  • Snacks – Fill your backpack with snacks and water especially if you want to have a picnic and enjoy the city view.
  • Hiking Shoes – Wear hiking boots or trainers with good grip as there is a bit of climbing and few steep paths.
  • Hat and Sunblock – The majority of the route is exposed to sun. Try to start the hike early to avoid the midday sun.
  • Camera or Smartphone – The scenery, flowers and caves are incredible so definitely worth it to capture the moments.
  • Swimwear – The nature reserve also has a reservoir. 
  • Dogs – The route is easy enough for dogs but be sure to bring enough water for them. There are also few rivers along the path.
  • Please note – Cellphone coverage extremely limited so ensure to make detailed prior arrangements with your friends and family.
  • The hiking route is easy to moderate but I wouldn’t advise children below 8 years of age.
  • There has been reports of muggings so be vigilant.
  • Don’t hike alone – 4 is the ideal number.
  • If threatened, do not resist.
  • Table Mountain National Park: 0861 106 417
  • SAPS: 10111