Newlands Forest, Newlands

4.8
#11 of 17 in Nature in Cape Town
Forest · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Newlands Forest is a conservancy area on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, beside the suburb of Newlands, Cape Town. It is owned and maintained by the Table Mountain National Parks Board, along with the City Parks Department of Cape Town, and includes a Fire Station, Nursery and Reservoir.

The forest itself is a popular walking and jogging destination (See trail map below), close and easily accessible from the city's southern suburbs. Due to its location on the mountain slopes, there are impressive views eastward over the Cape Flats.
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  • Two of my sisters, our children and grandchildren went to go have a braai at Newlands forest. It was a peaceful FUN Sunday had 💓  more »
  • It is not a walk without some effort as it is on the side of Table Top Mountain. One can avoid some of the climbs by walking the contour paths . The conifer plantations are majestic. There are some.....  more »
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  • Newlands Forest is an unbelievably and somewhat magical place, rarely found on a mountain in a city. There are walks for all ages and every level of fitness. Please take water, something warm, and protect yourself from the sun. Never walk alone, even if you have dogs with you. It is advisable to walk in groups of no less than 3. From the Newlands Forest entrance some of the more interesting walks are up either Newlands Ravine or Nursery Ravine. Both will take you to the saddle where a break with coffee and a sandwich, while enjoying the captivating over the peninsula. Swimming is not allowed in the dams.
  • Moderately challenging terrain with refreshing forest air and a stream guiding your movement through the forest. No clear signage so remember your route while hiking or it’s easy to get lost on the way down. Wear hiking shoes and bring a light jacket during the cooler months. We enjoyed meeting families with children and energetic pets along the way. A bit of a hidden gem recommended as a break from the hustle and bustle of the city !

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