A tunnel adventure in Cape Town.
This unique Cape Town urban eco adventure has a strong historical and environmental significance. A walk in a tunnel that use to be an open river flowing from Table Mountain to the ocean, feeding the early 'Van Riebeeck' settlement!
The tour promotes an awareness of local history around the water of Cape Town (natural & cultural). The tour is pertinent to how we as a community will move forward into the future. We are confident that this excursion is going to blow your perspectives out of the proverbial water!
We will take a leisurely three and half hour walk, at a focused pace, first through the immediate woodlands area making our way down the side of the mountain to what is known as the field of springs.
- Meet in Deer Park, form where we walk uphill to De Grendel 'the lock'
- We then commence our descent, as per the water, following the path of least resistance – past the Lower Platteklip Waterfall
- Platteklip Dam and its infrastructure
- Kramat of Seyed Haq al Quaderi
- (Bio) slow sand filter
- Platteklip Mill - the wash houses and Raaswater
- Divert down Gorge Road, past the Kramat of Seyed Abdul Malik
- End up at the manhole on Buitenkant Street - the entrance of a underground 'tunnel' walk down the river bed of what was the Varsche Rivier.
From the field of springs we make our way to the entrance of the tunnel where you will be issued with your boots and headlamp before entering what used to be Varsche Rivier - an open river flowing off Platteklip feeding the local settlement. 1.5 hours later you will exit on the lawns of the Castle from where we will take you back to your cars in Deer Park.
What to wear:
Please wear comfortable walking clothes that are weather appropriate. Also wear comfortable closed walking shoes, preferably not brand new shoes. The tunnel portion will not be cold and could see you getting a little dirty and it is therefore advisable not to wear your designer jeans.
What to bring:
Bring a day pack with snacks water/ juice as it is good amount of walking you will be doing. Definitely pack your camera and possibly a note pad if you are so inclined. If you have your own pair of wellies/gumboots and headlamp/torch you can bring these for the tunnel walk.
Cost: Valid until 31 Dec 2016
R550 per person
Boots, headlamps, guides, entries to various sites, permits for the tour & transport back to your vehicles at the start.
- When you send the proof of payment please include your shoe sizes along with participant’s names.
Monday - Friday at 08h00 by appointment with a minimum group size of 10 people
Saturdays: 08h00 - Individual bookings accepted.
- The smallest boot size we have is size 5 and the largest a size 12.
- We require a minimum of 10 persons to run a tour. We will do all we can to round up interested parties.
- Tours are weather dependent and will be cancelled as far in advance as possible. Should we cancel the tour alternative dates will be made possible.
- The tour duration is 4.5 hours. A 15 minute deviation is permitted either way (earlier or later) with the times. Should you be the cause of the group running late a R550 per 30 minutes will be charged to you.
- 48 hour cancellation policy applies. Should you cancel for any reason other than weather a 100% charge will be levied.
- Refunds are given only in the case where we are not able to find an alternative date. In this case a R50 service fee per person is applicable.