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A guide to hiking Cecilia Waterfall
From hiking routes to conservation fees: all your questions answered
Last updated: 25 January 2022
Imagine this: A misty forest, the sound of water trickling down branches and dripping on the rocks beneath. Everything is perfectly still, and then you see a magical waterfall. This isn’t a scene from a movie. You’re in Cecilia Forest, which has many beautiful hiking trails, including a few to this mystical waterfall. Here’s everything you need to know about getting to the waterfall in Cecilia Ravine.
One of the best things about these hikes is that dogs are allowed. Image: Jesslyn Jonathan (Instagram: @klausthecreamgsd)
HOW TO FIND THE WATERFALL
One of the great rewards of hiking through Cecilia Forest is finding the waterfall, which is at its best after it rains. It’s truly a magical sight, with the water gushing over ferns and green moss. You can stand under the water and cool off after the hike. The area is also full of rocks on which you can rest and have a snack.
The water tumbles over bright green ferns and delicate moss. Image: Carmen Lewis (@bohemian_sky)
HIKE THROUGH CECILIA FOREST
This hike is about 4.3 kilometres. It's not a casual stroll, but many families (dogs included) have done this route with ease. The route starts at the Cecilia Plantation car park along Rhodes Drive, opposite the Hohenort Avenue turn-off, and takes about 2 hours to complete.
Duration: +/- 2 hrs
Difficulty: Moderate. Easy path to follow, but can be slippery after the rain.
HIKE FROM KIRSTENBOSCH GARDENS
The route from Kirstenbosch starts on the corner of Klaassen Street and Rhodes Drive. This trail is a bit longer, 6.8 kilometres, and is a bit more challenging. The plus side is you walk past a beautiful dam (you can swim in it) and the views are insanely beautiful. Note that you must pay to enter the garden.
Duration: +/- 3 hrs
Difficulty: Moderate to hard; must have a fair fitness level.
Cost: Standard entry fee for Kirstenbosch (between R45-R200)
This route has absolutely gorgeous views. Image: @rhafikas
YOU CAN CHOOSE TWO OTHER ROUTES
Cecilia Forest is part of Table Mountain, so there are many different routes to get to the forest. Other popular routes are from Constantia Nek or Newlands Ravine. Both routes can be moderate if you stay on the straight paths.
TIPS FROM HIKERS
The waterfall is at its best after it has rained, so plan according to the weather.
The hike is quite popular, especially on weekends. It can get quite crowded so either avoid the morning rush by going in the afternoon or go before the morning rush.
Choose a route that suits your fitness level. Some of the routes are longer and more difficult because of inclines.
- By Lara van Zyl
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