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Guided Walk at Phillipskop provided by Phillipskop Mountain Reserve

Guided Walk at Phillipskop
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from R 500,00 per adult (price varies by group size)
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
About
Experience a guided walk of Phillipskop with an expert on the fynbos that makes this part of the world unique. Chris is a recognised world authority on the Cape flora but his knowledge goes beyond that to cover the birds, animals and geology of the Phillipskop and the Klein River Mountains as well. He is also able to share insight into Phillipskop Cave, a unique heritage site as it is the only recorded location for rock art on the Cape Whale Coast. The walk is manageable for all ages and requires only a standard level of fitness. The length of the walk is 4km, mostly level but with a short uphill stretch at the end to reach the cave (optional). You will see plants only known from the mountains of the south-western Cape, learn about the animals and birds that are protected within the reserve, and understand more about the history of the people who inhabited the Cape before the Europeans arrived.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 143025P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Certified experienced guide • Entry/Admission - Phillipskop Mountain Reserve
Duration
2h
Departure details
Phillipskop Mountain Reserve, R326, Stanford, 7210, South Africa Please meet at the Reception to Phillipskop
Inclusions
Certified experienced guide • Entry/Admission - Phillipskop Mountain Reserve
Departure details
Phillipskop Mountain Reserve, R326, Stanford, 7210, South Africa Please meet at the Reception to Phillipskop
Duration
2h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Not wheelchair accessible
Not recommended for travellers with back problems
Not recommended for pregnant travellers
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
No dogs allowed
Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Phillipskop Mountain Reserve
    R326, Stanford, 7210, South Africa
    Please meet at the Reception to Phillipskop
    See address & details
  • 1
    Phillipskop Mountain Reserve
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    Visit Phillipskop Cave heritage site
    Read more
  • You'll end at
    Phillipskop Mountain Reserve
    R326, Stanford, 7210, South Africa
    Please meet at the Reception to Phillipskop
    See address & details
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Jeremy Burrows
La Rippe, Switzerland26 contributions
Amazing welcome, location, cottages and mountain scenery
May 2019 • Solo
I stayed in one of the cottages at Phillipskop Mountain reserve and was taken on a gorgeous hike up to the Phillipskop summit via a cave. Chris Whitehouse is an amazing guy with a truly heroic knowledge of flora and facts about biodiversity; his love and passion for botany and the environment is inspirational. I was stunned to find out how many different types of plant were on the reserve compared to the entire UK - I won't spill the beans - you'll need to visit to find out! The cottage I stayed in was huge; coming from Europe the space was palatial with three generous bedrooms and a lovely, comfortable living area, mezzanine, self catering kitchen area and terrace (with amazing views across the valley). The bed was extremely comfortable and I was pleased that despite all the negative press about water shortages in Cape Town and the surrounding area, that there was absolutely no issues with access to water; in fact, on this point, whilst Cape Townians (and those living nearby) are still careful with water use (as we all should be anyhow) the situation has dramatically improved over what it was like at the nadir (last year?). The whole area is incredibly beautiful and peaceful and the walking is excellent. I'm a seasoned walker in the Scottish highlands and the paths that have been deliberately created for hikers here are of a higher quality than on the vast majority of munros! Of note, there is a cave on which there is rock art dating back 1000s of years; you need the explanatory information boards and, ideally, a torch to see the images properly but the whole thing is pretty awesome. The cave, itself, is wonderful too in its own right and gives lovely shelter. There are some really interesting rock formations, trees (that can be climbed), and the flora and fauna are quite staggering (at least compared to where I come from). The views from the ridge and summit are well worth the effort. Chris is a wonderful and attentive guide and I strongly recommend following him on a hike; Anna is similarly passionate about wildlife and they both are extremely friendly and make you feel at home. Beforehand I was a little apprehensive regarding finding the place but I have to say it couldn't have been easier. I took a hire car from Cape Town International Airport and it took about 2.5h on very good roads (almost without needing to take a turn!); it was only at the end (which was very well sign-posted, incidentally, you couldn't go wrong) just a few km before reaching the property that it was necessary to drive on a dirt track (with a few steep bits) but even my basic hire care could do it without any issues. A troop of baboons even ran across the road en route - which was really special! The welcome I received from Anna and Chris was extremely warm and overall the experience was one to savour and remember. This is the perfect place to come if you enjoy hiking, enjoy learning about nature, have an interest in ancient rock art, want to just have a rest in an incredibly peaceful location. Given the size of the cottages, this could work well for a big family and were multiple cottages to be hired out, it could even work as a place to come for a retreat for businesses - it would certainly be an amazing place to go for work Away Days and Team Building. I wish I'd been able to stay longer. It was not far to Stanford (where there are shops) and, about 30 mins by car to Hermanus (which has everything) so whilst you feel cut-off from the rest of the world whilst on the reserve, civilisation is within easy reach.
Written 29 May 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you Jeremy for taking the time to write a full review of your time at Phillipskop. It was lovely to meet you and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
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By: Phillipskop Mountain Reserve
RSchuhbauer
RSchuhbauer
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Disappointment
Very basic accommodation, broken toilet seat, unacceptable toilet brush, general disappointment re the hygiene.
bethtH1100BN
bethtH1100BN
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Lovely Location for a Group Trip
A group of friends with young children rented all 5 of the cabins. The location was beautiful with tons of hiking o
JoelLana
JoelLana
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Phenomenal hiking in pristine fynbos.
Our hike up to Phillipskop peak through pristine fynbos on clear trails was rewarded with amazing views. What a f
Captainkob
Captainkob
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If my 7r old can do Haarkappers...
This property is home to a few hundred different species of plants which makes it very special indeed. We loved it;
ToniHuyssen
ToniHuyssen
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Special anniversary escape
Everything about our first stay at Phillipskop exceeded our expectations. The stunning fynbos, the well kept trails
Judithgonsalves1
Judithgonsalves1
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Walk in the fynbos
This is definitely one to do in Stanford if you like to get (safely) close up to the the flora and fauna in this wo
Greg L
Greg L
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Fabulous place
We stayed at Phillipskop for a long weekend as a wine club and thoroughly enjoyed it. The hikes were great, the ch
seasideanne
seasideanne
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Big Nature & Super Hikes
The reserve is stunning and offers gentle hikes and if wanted, also longer ones. We hiked for about 2 hours, great
bradandy2019
bradandy2019
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A great getaway for the family
For the second time, we had an absolutely wonderful time at Phillipskop. The chalets are very comfortable and spaci
timbobutcher
timbobutcher
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Hiking trail where eagles dare
Well marked and laid out trails offer a range of excellent hikes through rugged terrain and rich fynbos. A well-dra
Blantyre1977
Blantyre1977
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Beautiful, peaceful stay near Stanford
We stayed at Phillipskop for a weekend in June, having seen it on a previous visit to Stanford. The location in the
EneverAlex
EneverAlex
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Nature at it's best
Best location to get away from the city buzz to relax! Excellent amenities, chalets has all that you need and more!
Janav924
Janav924
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Easter Weekend Getaway
Beautiful setting, neat, spacious cottages in a safe environment. Cottages are well spaced, adding to privacy. Grea
NicholasH2023
NicholasH2023
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Great tranquil remote getaway
Absolutely amazing getaway for a peaceful and tranquil setting. Practical accommodation that’s very comfortable wit
binxmoz
binxmoz
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Family trip
We came down to the Phillipskop Reserve for the week before my weeding to relax and have some well needed family ti
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