The Pipe Track

Pipe Track, Table Mountain National Park, Le Cap, Afrique du Sud Pipe Track, Table Mountain National Park, Le Cap, Afrique du Sud
The Pipe Track. Le Cap, Afrique du Sud

This walk starts at the junction of Tafelberg Road and Kloof Nek. The Pipe Track is precisely what it says: a path constructed to service a pipeline running below the series of peaks known as the Twelve Apostles. This pipeline was built to carry water from Disa Gorge in Table Mountain’s Back Table, via the Woodhead Tunnel through the mountain in Slangolie Ravine, to the Molteno Reservoir in Oranjezicht to help slake the thirst of the booming, late 19th century Cape Town.

In several places the path is very stony, but it is an easily accessible and popular walk, with many locals making regular use of certain sections; it is part of the Atlantic seaboard way of life.

WARNING: The Pipe Track is very exposed to the hot afternoon sun in summer; it is at its best early on summer mornings and especially during winter, when many of its protea species are in bloom.

Distance: about 6km one-way to Corridor Ravine
Time: 4hrs - 4hr30mins return
Rating: easy to Slangolie, moderate to Corridor
Children: yes, but the full route is tough
Dogs: yes
Water: tap at the start; take lots in summer

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