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TABLE MOUNTAIN HIKES

 

table mountain hikes

Table Mountain has deservedly been recognised as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and is also protected as a World Heritage Site. It is home to abundant local fauna and flora.

  

Table Mountain is a playground for nature lovers and is definitely best explored on foot. We offer guided Table Mountain hikes of all of the best walking trails to help you make the most of this spectacular area.

 

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waterfall at Skeleton Gorge

Skeleton Gorge

Skeleton Gorge is one of the most popular Table Mountain hikes and also my personal favourite. The route starts at Kirstenbosch gardens and leads you up a shaded ravine through indigenous forest on the Back Table. It consists of wooden steps, ladders and rocky paths, before emerging at the top. From here you have two options to conclude your Skeleton Gorge hike. You can carry on to Maclear’s beacon (the highest point on the mountain) and end at the upper cable station, descending via the cable car (extension). The other option is to descend via Nursery ravine and end at Kirstenbosch Gardens.

 

Duration: 4 – 6 hours, depending on chosen option

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult

Cost: R800 pp (R900 pp with extension)

Excludes: Entrance fee to Kirstenbosch and cable car fee

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hike up table mountain

Platteklip Gorge

This is the most direct and oldest hike up Table Mountain. The path is steep, but  well constructed with stone steps. Reaching the summit, you have two options. You can go directly to the upper cable station or traverse the table top first and walk to Maclear’s Beacon, the highest point on the mountain. Descend via cable car.

 

Duration: 3 – 4 hours, depending on chosen option

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult

Cost: R750 pp (R800 pp with extension)

Excludes: Cable car fee

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Kasteel Poort Cape Town walk

 

Kasteelpoort

This Table Mountain hike starts at Camps Bay. You can view the majestic Twelve Apostles on route. You then ascend Table Mountain via Kasteelpoort. Reaching the top, we stop at the best photo spot on Table Mountain called diving board rock. You then make your way to the upper cable way station via the Valley of the Red Gods. Descend via cable car.

 

Duration: 4 – 5 hours

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult

Cost: R850 pp

Excludes: Cable car fee

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Tranquility Cracks

Tranquility Cracks

The tranquility cracks is one of the hidden gems of Table Mountain. This hike up Table Mountain consist of a labyrinth of corridors between rocks, which were formed by wind, rain and erosion. The route starts at Camps Bay where it follows the Pipe track to Corridor Ravine where you will ascend the mountain. Reaching the top, you will explore the cracks, after which you will make your way across the top of the Twelve Apostles and descend via Kasteelpoort.

 

Duration: 5 hours

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult

Cost: R850 pp

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Hike up Table Mountain

Table top circuit

Take the cable car to the top, stroll around the summit and visit Maclear’s Beacon, the highest point on Table Mountain. Descend with the cable car again. This Table Mountain hike is perfect if you want amazing views and photo’s, without much physical exertion.

 

Duration: 3 hours

Difficulty: Easy

Cost: R650 pp

Excludes: Cable car fee

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easy table mountain walk

Pipe track

This is an easy Table Mountain hike without any strenuous uphill. The route winds its way along the contour path with beautiful views of the Twelve Apostles and Camps Bay, before returning the same way.

 

Duration: 3 hours

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Cost: R650 pp

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Guided Lions Head Hike

Lion’s Head

Lion’s Head is known as Table Mountain’s sister peak. It is a relatively easy spiral walk with panoramic, 360 degree views from the summit at 669m high. For the more adventurous there is an option to scramble up rocks with chains as support. It is a great alternative to hiking up Table Mountain, especially if the mountain is covered by clouds.

 

Duration: 3 – 4 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

Cost: R750 pp

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shipwreck on Cape Point Tour

Cape Point

Another great alternative to hiking up Table Mountain is a Cape Point Tour. We travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay, on through Chapman’s Peak drive, a breathtaking coastal drive to Cape Point.

Cape Point forms part of the Table Mountain National Park. It covers 7750 hectares of land and 40km of pristine coastline. Over 1100 indigenous plants and 250 species of birds can be found here as well as other wildlife, including Zebra, Eland, Bontebok and many more. Visit Cape of Good Hope, the most south-westerly point of Africa.

 

Duration: 9 hours (including drive time)

Difficulty: Moderate

Cost: 1100 pp

Excludes: Entrance to nature reserve

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Prices for all Table Mountain hikes exclude the following (if your chosen route requires it):

Lunch or snacks

Cable car fee of R125 one way

Taxi fare back to the start

Entrance to Kirstenbosch Gardens of R55

Entrance to Cape Point of R125

Personal insurance

 

hrPLEASE NOTE:

 

Free transport within the city bowl area is available if required and possible at time of booking.

R400 single supplement will be charged.

If route includes descending via cable car, but we walk down instead, an additional R200 pp will be charged.

Participants should obtain their own personal medical, rescue and travel insurance before the trip, if required.

Please tell us if you prefer an exclusive Table Mountain hike (no one else joins your group).

If you have problems choosing a route, we will use the information you sent us to match you with the best route.

Wear good walking shoes and bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and a jacket. In winter, warmer clothing and a rain jacket are required on all hikes up Table Mountain.

Bring 2 l of water per person and lunch and/or refreshments, depending on the duration of the hike.

All walks are undertaken at participants own risk and subject to weather conditions.

The cableway does not operate every day, so you may have to hike down or the route may be altered.

An indemnity form must be signed by all participants.

Other hikes in this area can be arranged on request.

 


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