Undoubtedly one of the most pristine areas of the city, Silvermine Nature Reserve forms part of the Table Mountain National Park and covers the section of the Cape Peninsula mountain range from the Kalk Bay mountains through to Constantiaberg. In 1898 a reservoir was built to be used as a water supply but since 1912 this beautifully still body of water, surrounded by picnic spots and trees, is home to a Egyptian geese, schools of fish and happy human swimmers.
Both the east and the west side of the reserve offer lovely walks while the mountain bike trails are only on the west side. The walks all start out with clear maps and are well-marked. There’s everything from a short stroll around the reservoir to longer treks that will take you through the plethora of fynbos and past panoramic viewing spots. Pick up a map at the entrance, the various routes are clearly illustrated to keep you on track.
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