The Kommetjie Block house is situated on the top of Slangkop mountain, overlooking the Lighthouse. It was built for the defence of the Radio Station during World War I and offers the most amazing view over Kommetjie. I love looking down at the going’s on of the town from there, the Kom, the slip way, Longbeach. On a clear day you can see all the way into Hout Bay!
Distance: 1.6 km (from the lighthouse car park to the block house & back)
Approx Time: 40 mins
Terrain: Board Walk, Narrow Stone & Dirt Path, Steep Hill
There are a few ways to get there. The most direct route is walking straight up from the Lighthouse parking lot. This route is relatively short but the quick assent makes it a bit more challenging. It is perfect for when you need to get the dogs (or kids) out the house for a quick run.
Starting on the wooden boardwalk, the first part takes you on a lovely stroll through the milkwood forest with a bit of bolder hopping at the top. Once you reach the road, turn right and walk a few meters before crossing to the mountain side. (be careful of traffic). The path zigzags all the way up to the ruins of the Camp Cobra World War 2 radar station. At the top, take the path to the right which traverses around the edge of the mountain to the block house.
Interested in walking further?
Walk to the Cross, to get there walk past Camp Cobra and turn to the right, follow the path (+- 15 mins).
Look out for:
- Cape snow
- Butterfly lilies
- Whales in the bay
What to bring:
- Walking shoes
- Warm top, wind breaker
- Snacks /Picnic lunch
In recent months there have been a few incidents on the mountain. Please always ensure that you walk in groups. This is a well used route but you can never be too careful – Safety First.
Be careful when exploring the block houses, especially with small children. The block houses are easy to climb on which is great fun for interested kids but the drop is shear. Be responsible.