If you’re looking to up your hiking game and itching for a challenge that’s sure to leave you drenched in sweat, then say hello to the Camel Rock to Cecilia Waterfall hike.
Camel Rock, also known as Bel Ombre, is situated at the top of the mountain between Constantia Corner and De Villiers Dam, so you know that breathtaking views will take centre stage on this hike.
The best part about the hike is that it’s an all-around adventure, and that means you can expect a steep challenge in some areas and a flat surface in others. Fair warning, there are a few short sections where you’ll need to use your hands while climbing but it’s not too technical.
The hike starts with a steep but short 30-minute climb as you hike up to Eagle’s Nest; a sublime spot to enjoy the sunrise while sipping on a hot beverage.
Also read: Eagle’s Nest via Constantia Nek: an ‘off the beaten track’ sunrise hike
A hike up Constantia Corner concludes the ascent as the terrain flattens out when you get to the top.
All explorers need a break, so that’s exactly what we recommend you do before reaching the iconic Camel Rock. Stretch your legs, catch your breath and marvel at a cave-like rock formation overlooking the mountaintop filled with a variety of fynbos as you restore your energy.
This is a circular loop route, and the return journey passes De Villiers Dam, followed by a steep descent down Cecilia Ridge with spectacular views.
The last stop will be Cecilia Waterfall, and the sun barely reaches this area, which makes for a cool and tranquil resting spot after the testing hike.
- Location: Constantia Nek
- Duration: 5 hours
- Difficulty: Intermediate – steep terrain, some mild exposure for short moments
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