Starting from the parking lot (approx. 440m/1445ft) near the dam onto a boardwalk which leads around the Silvermine dam. Take a moment for photos and time to take in the serene beauty of this beautiful still body of water, surrounded by picnic spots, trees, a couple of Egyptian geese, and happy human swimmers before we swing right to join a jeep-track that heads up in the general direction of the mast on Constantiaberg (928m/3045ft).
The track goes up a fairly steep hill, but after this it is easy-going with stunning views over False Bay and Tokai. Continue over a small rise onto a sandy, but fairly level to the look-out (600m/1969ft) at the top of Blackburn Ravine.
Here we will have a snack break while enjoying the views over the Hout Bay, Chapman's Peak drive below and the ocean stretching out into the distance. To return to the car park, we merely follow the same route back to the Silvermine dam.
Silvermine Nature Reserve is located in the central section of the Table Mountain National Park and offers hikes on the east and the west side of the reserve with trails to suit hikers of all levels of fitness. Please enquire for more options.
Short history: In 1675 it was thought that these mountains contained silver; shafts were sunk to try to find it. No silver was ever found but the name has stuck. In 1898 the reservoir was built to be used as a water supply until 1912. In 1998 Silvermine was declared part of Table Mountain National Park which ensures that its natural beauty will be preserved.