Myburgh's Waterfall Ravine Hot

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Myburgh's Ravine's is an easily accessible ravine (kloof) on Table Mountain, over-looking Hout Bay. The ravine is well known for its Red Disa's in full flower during the months of January through March. Cascading waterfalls, indigenous Afromontane forest and a wide selection of birds makes this a great location to capture some of Cape Town's wildlife. 

The path up the ravine is steep and quite loose in places, however the first Disa's are fairly low down so its not necessary to go all the way to the top.

Disa uniflora, is the correct scientific name for the more commonly named “red disa” or “Pride of Table Mountain” It is pollinated by the mountain pride butterfly which is very strongly attracted to the colour red and will be attracted to a red hiking bag or socks as much as to the flower. Myburgh's Ravine is a good location to photograph the Red Disa's (Disa uniflora) of Table Mountain.

For the more adventurous you can head up to the top of the ravine and follow the path over the neck where you can get spectacular views from the top of Judas Peak. Be sure to have an experienced guide or good map with you. The Cape's weather can be unpredictable and can close in quickly.

Photography

Best Time to Photograph
Early mornings.
Type of Photography
  • Flower
  • Forest
  • Mountainscapes
  • Riverine
Best Time of Year
Late Summer
Photographic Tips
Ensure you have a map when hiking on the mountain.
Although there is water on the mountain, always take extra with you.
Recommended Gear
Macro lens, flash, reflectors and tripod.
Cable release can also be useful.

Highlights

Site Highlights
Disa uniflora (Red Disa).
Mountain Fynbos Streams in Afromontane Forest.

Footnotes

Season and Weather
Cape Town's weather can be rather unpredictable sometimes. Summers are hot and windy, and winters are relatively cold with rain, but with far less windy.
Other Activities
  • Birding
  • Walking & Hiking

Location

Closest Town
Getting There
Coming down Hout Bay road from Constantia Neck, turn right into Disa River Road, left into Valley Road and then right into Garron Avenue, right into Conemarra Drive, left into Hunters Way and then right into Farriers Way. Park at the end of the Cul de sac. There is a small path that leads up to the contour path. When you reach the contour path, turn right and follow the path until you reach Myburgh's Ravine. There is a path heading up the ravine.
Address
Hout Bay

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Arne Purves
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About
Arne's passion for the environment, wildlife and conservation was instilled from an early age, leading to a career in nature conservation, first as a game ranger in the Natal Parks Board, a conservation officer with CapeNature and today in the City of Cape Town's Environmental Compliance Department. Photography is his creative medium of choice.