Monday 15 January 2024

TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS - SATURDAY 20 January 2024 - Platboom - Gifkommetjie - Hoek van Bobbejaan

Hi Trailers

This Saturday we return to Cape Point to explore along Atlantic Coast in a less visited section of the park.


Platboom - Gifkommetjie - Hoek van Bobbejaan

Starting from Platboom Parking area cross the Dune field then follow the coast line north west.

Once you have left the Dune field behind, pass a grassy area and look north out over a small rocky bay.

Towering above at a full 112m is the Groot-Blaauwberg. This is your target.

Follow the coastline around the bay. Once close to the hill look for a clear path to your right. (There is a large pole planted at the turn off but sadly no signage)

Follow the steps up to the top of the hill (Gifkommetjie parking area) for some beautiful views.

From The Gifkommetjie Parking area follow the Hoek van Bobbejaan trail.  Opposite one of the viewing decks the path passes through some rocks.

Follow along the ridge line path to Hoek van Bobbejaan.

At this point we head down towards the cost to visit some shipwrecks (amongst others the Phyllisia).

From the point where the ridge line path meets the Cape Point Hiking trail, head back following the shoreline towards Platboom.

Highlights on the way back include some milkwood tunnels and the Gifkommetjie bay.

Rendezvous and start time

Meet at Platboom Parking area at 6h20am - ready to run at 6h30am. (Park Gate opens at 6am, please allow sufficient time to reach the Platboom Parking)


From the Cape Point entry gate follow the road down toward the point. After passing the Buffelsfontein Visitor Centre look for the first road to your right. (approx. 1km from the Visitor Centre)

Signage should indicate Platboom. Follow along till you reach the parking area.

Terrain & Distance

The route is mostly single track with limited elevation gain, rocky and sandy with lots of smooth runnable sections.

The planned route is around 12km, additional distance may be added depending on the pace group leader.

What to bring 

Wildcard, My Green Card or park entry fee and ID

Water, whistle, a space blanket and your ICE information. The weather can be variable down at the point. Please come prepared.

Please check the weather before you set off from home and pack the appropriate waterproof/warm gear.


  • TMT unfortunately does not allow dogs on its runs.
  • Please carry emergency contact numbers in your bag or on your wrist/shoe

Theo Smith

083 579 2069


Warning:  Trail running is inherently more dangerous than road running.  It may take place over uneven hazard strewn trails in exposed and often remote terrain where help is not always readily available.

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