What a revelation it was to visit the Silvermine resevoir this holiday December 2014. The last time I was there was in 1989 and even though I enjoyed my visit, it didn’t exactly leave a lasting impression in a good way.
Silvermine Nature Reserve forms part of the
Table Mountain National Park in Cape Town, South Africa. It covers the section of the Cape Peninsula mountain range from the Kalk Bay mountains through to Constantiaberg. The area is a significant conservation area for the indigenous fynbos vegetation which is of the montane cone-bush type at this location.
The Ou Kaapse Weg main road runs through the reserve, cutting it into a northern and southern section. The Silvermine reservoir, on the north side, was built in 1898 to supply water to Cape Town.
Until recently there were significant pine plants in the reserve, but the last of these were felled in 2000 following a major fire in the area.
The area is popular for walking, hiking, picnicking, and mountain biking. There are a number of sandstone cave systems in the reserve and there are rock climbing routes on Muizenberg.
The Silvermine river, which starts in the reserve and runs to Clovelly, is the only river in the Cape Peninsula that runs its whole course without going through a developed area.
The South African Navy’s Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre is in an underground bunker on the lower slopes of the Silvermine mountain….Wikipaedia
The area around the resevoir has been totally revamped and it looks nothing like its former self. On either side length wise a beautiful boardwalk was built with the dam wall bordering the ‘south’ side and a quaint wooden bridge across the north side where the river enters the resevoir.
There are are beautufully created braai spots on the one side of the resevoir which we couldnt use because of the risk of wild fire spread during the Cape summer season. We setup our picnic spot under the trees on the ‘east’ overlooking the bredth of the resevoir. The tannin filled resevoir has an eerie black appearance but was thoroughly enjoyed by all as we swam across its length bredth.
Its a great place for a family picnic. Entrance is R40 per adult and R20 per child 12yrs and younger. As a Capetonian, you could get a Cape Town green card which costs R110 and allows up to twelve entries. The card is clipped for every person entering the reserve. The green card can also be used for the penguin colony at Millers Point and the Cape Point Nature Reserve.