One day in March, we hiked along the Silvermine Crags. A thick blanket of dark grey rain-heavy clouds was hovering above the city, and swirling around the tops of the mountain peaks in the southern peninsula. Luckily, the rain stayed away, and shafts of autumn sunlight eventually broke through the thick clouds and melted them away.
We walked up from the reservoir, following the signs towards Elephant’s Eye Cave (see previous post) on the side of the Constantiaberg (see previous posts here and here), and turned right, off the main path and onto a narrow sandy track through fragrant fynbos. This took us upwards onto the ridge known as the Crags, from where we could see the distinctive triangular shape of the Silvermine reservoir in the valley beneath us to the south, and the pine plantations of Tokai State Forest on the slopes far below us towards the north.
We found an expanse of flat rocks for our picnic of tea and chocolate croissants, and enjoyed the views, until it became too chilly. We continued to follow the path, as it climbed up and down along the ridge, crossing one rocky outcrop after another, until we came to a path that led down to the parking area where mountain bikers are allowed to park their cars. It looked as though the path along the Crags could, in fact, continue for a little bit.