elephant’s eye cave

Hiking Cape Town: Elephant’s Eye Cave

The trail to the Elephant’s Eye Cave starts at the Silvermine Nature Reserve, situated on the slopes above Kalk Bay and running down the Cape Peninsula.

The reserve—which does have an entry fee of 40 Rand pp at Ou Kaapse Weg—is a terrific place if you’re looking for a quick afternoon getaway from Cape Town. There’s a large, warm reservoir perfect for swimming and picnicking, and an easy trail up with great views of Muizenberg and False Bay.


This is a fairly easy and quick hike with plenty of other hikers. The trail traverses through open woods, exposed trail, and even a narrow ledge near the cave. It’s also got a great variety of fynbos and birds.

The only part of the trail that gets a little challenging is beyond the lookout tower on the last trek up to Elephant’s Eye Cave.


Hike up with Elephant’s Eye Cave in the background.


The cave is massive, but shallow, and provides for really cool photo ops from both inside and outside.


While rather large, the cave only goes as far back as the stone wall in the background, so there’s not much to explore inside.



The entire circuit up and back only takes about an hour and a half, depending on how long you stay at the cave. A perfect, quick hike before lazing the rest of the day away at the sunny reservoir.

**Update: only certain parts of the Reserve are open because of the Cape Town fire.


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