Cecilia Stream is a great option for a leg stretch on a summer’s day in Cape Town. It’s very serene, mostly shaded and it’s a walk that soothes and energizes all at the same time. It’s also great for children – there are tadpoles to marvel at in the stream! Perhaps even fairies …
Park in the lot for hikers where Hohenort Ave intersects Rhodes Drive in Constantia.
The Cecilia Stream Walk
Once on the path, turn immediately right onto a smaller path (it’s marked Cecilia Ravine) and walk up for about 10 minutes. (This part of the path is not shaded!) At the junction turn right towards the stream, and you’ll soon reach a little bridge. Cross the bridge and go to the left, walking along the stream and enjoying cool green views, trees, ferns and the trickle of water. It’s very energizing! The stream path intersects a forestry road further up, and continues on the other side of the road. Further up it intersects with another forestry road. At this point you can turn back and return alongside the stream, or turn right and walk the contour path above Kirstenbosch. Or go higher still onto the mountain. Turning left onto the forestry road is yet another option.
Wear sturdy shoes and expect to walk for an hour or two at least, depending on which paths you choose to take. Enjoy!