GREAT TABLE MOUNTAIN TREKS
Half day or full day trips with Nick Ashby - Table Mountain guide
HIKES UP THE ICONIC
RIGHT FACE TO
THE UPPER CABLE STATION
FIRM FAVORITE ~ Platteklip Gorge
Take the old stone path to the top. This classic way up offers a stiff cardio workout, taking you over streams, it ziggzags up into the gorge. Choice route for the less experienced. Catch the cable car or walk down. 2.5 to 4 hours.
A TRICKIER TREK ~ India Venster
'Trek' means pull in Afrikaans. India Venster is a steep and often multi-limbed scramblesome trek up beneath the cableway, and round through the top of Blinkwater ravine. Catch the cable car or walk down. 2- 5 hours
THE WESTERN FLANKS
THE ATLANTIC SEABOARD ROUTES
Ascend via the Twelve Apostles
Various trailheads dotted along the Pipe Track launch you up to the lesser travelled Middle Table.
Follow these paths to explore historic dams, and hidden valleys that are home to disas in season, and rare frogs which sun themselves in fern-lined streams.
Hike back to end at your starting point; or branch off and hike to the cable station; or journey over down the eastern flanks. There's also a south exit, near Hout Bay.
Most of these hikes range from 5 - 8 hours.
THE EASTERN FLANKS
Take one of these shaded ways from Kirstenbsosch, up to the Middle Table, explore up there, and then go down one of many routes on the same side. Or head on up to the Upper Cable station. Or, after a picnic, cross over and take one of the Twelve Apostles routes down.
Between 4 and 7 hours.
There also are shorter & picturesque walks and scrambles to choose from - excellent for 4- 5 hour half day hikes.
DEVIL'S PEAK, the massif jutting out of Table Mountain, offers unique views of Cape Town from a thousand meters high. That's if you choose to summit.
Or skip the final push to the very top, and reach it's lovely contour paths, crossing rocky streams and gorges high above the City Bowl where sugar-birds hang out in protea groves.
With Table Mountain as a dramatic backdrop, you can take brief scrambles to historic vantage points, and caves still used for worship.
Between 2 - 6 hours