Whether you're a mountain biker, walker or just a child-owner, Tokai forest beckons to you to come play
Tokai Forest is one of the many Table Mountain National Parks forests and can be found on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. Pine, eucalyptus trees and wild Fynbos (bush) provide a playground for nature lovers, mountain bikers of all levels and avid explorers. Part of this forest, the piece popular with horse riders, is severed in two by Spaanschemat River Road (just after River Café at Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate). Officially known as the Tokai plantation, it is as popular as Central Park in New York with dog and children owners.
The majority of trees have been logged and burnt to make way for indigenous vegetation to grow. I noticed the parking lot increasingly crammed with 4x4's and bike racks which was a sign for me to check it out.
The Tokai plantation has an area of 610 hectares. and the plantation forms part an important green corridor through the suburban developed area reaching from a little above sea level to the bottom of the crags on Constantiaberg. It has a strong visual impact and is an important component of the cultural landscape of Constantiaberg. The land under plantation at Tokai has been under pines for more than 100 years.