Cape Point Bungalows
The Cape Point Hiking Trail is the oldest and most established of the trekking routes in the Cape Peninsula. The accommodation is inside the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and can only be booked if you are doing the Trail and there is no access by private vehicle.
The total accommodation is for 18 people, in two adjacent rooms (Protea & Restio) sleeping six people each and a separate hut (Erica), also sleeping 6. The beds are two tier, solid wood bunk beds, with comfortable mattresses. No bedding is provided. The Protea & Restio rooms are located in the old radar station site on the slopes of Da Gama Peak, not far from Cape Point. There is a communal, fully equipped dining and kitchen area and an outside braai (barbeque). The only cooking equipment inside the kitchen is a gas ring and there is no refrigeration. There is only a single shower and toilet to cater for all twelve people. The hot water is erratic and the lighting, which is by solar energy set on a timer, is also not always working. Battery charged mobile lights are provided as back-up.
Erica hut is completely separate from the other two and has its own internal kitchen and gas ring. There is a communal shower and toilet with hot water.
Both these facilities are booked per bed, so you can end up sharing with other groups at busy times, although an effort is usually made to allocate separate rooms to different groups. Booking is made directly with Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve.
Transport of a limited amount of luggage and food is available at additional cost, but recently restrictions have been put on what will be transported, provide very little flexibility and you will have to carry most of your food and equipment. At this point in time (Jan 2013) it cannot be regarded as a ‘slackpacking’ trail. More detail on the Cape Point Hiking Trail will be provided under a separate heading.