Orange Kloof is a magical forest in the heart of the Table Mountain National Park.
The Disa River runs through Orange Kloof and originates from the Table Mountain slopes (at about 720m high) and flows through most of the Table Mountain National Park. The Disa River is typical of a river in the fynbos biome; rivers in this biome are typically short, steep and fast flowing with a naturally brown tea coloured water which comes from the acidity level.
This forest used to be 500ha’s but after the exploitations in the 1950’s and the fires, the area has decreased substantially. This forest also contains exotic plant life as well as indigenous and alien vegetation. Some of the ‘exotics’ found in this area are; populus canescerns, quercus robur, eucalypts belts etc.
Fewer fires have occurred in Orange Kloof National Forest compared to other parts of the Table Mountain National Park making some of the trees and vegetation in this area the oldest in Cape Town. This area has remained un-burnt for over 30 years – another reason that this forest is highly protected! Walking through the Orange Kloof National Forest gives one a feeling of been in a rainforest under the magnificent canopies of trees…