Silvermine is one of those very special places for everyone - dogs and kids included. Essentially its a great dam, with lots of excellent rocks to jump off, surrounded by fynbos, lillies, occasional ducks or geese and lots of icy mountain water.
If its a hot day, one needs to get there early to bag one of the "must have" picnic spots under the trees on the far side. If you don't get lucky there, there meander around the dam and spot a site lucked into the rocks or higher up on the path. There is a great 20 minute easy boardwalk around the whole of the dam for the less athletic (or smaller) visitors and I believe its wheelchair friendly too.
Don't pack too much in the way of food and stuff, its a 500 odd meter uphill walk so take what you can comfortably carry. Its closer enough you can always nip back to the car if you really need something. Bring warmer swimming stuff, our kids swim in their wetsuits and I swim in a surf vest.
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