Cape Trekking

Guided Hiking Tours on Table Mountain

view of Lions Head from 12 Apostles, Table Mountain, Cape Town

High up, get the lowdown on Cape Town

Table mountain & Lion's Head view from Devil's Perak

Mix exercise with breathtaking pleasure,

nick ashby hiking guide

on guided hikes along the mountain's popular trails


or other of the National Park's main or back routes ...

cecelia forest hike table mountain


Crime-hit Table Mountain 2023

Avoiding known criminal hot-spots at the moment is the guiding community's greatest concern. But by steering clear of apparently risky areas, safety can never be totally guaranteed. Still, some of Table Mountain's loveliest trails, are not yet being affected by crime.

Currently I avoid guiding early morning or evening hikes on routes near Lions Head and Signal Hill; also at any time on the Twelve Apostles side, due to crime spikes in those parts of Table Mountain National Park.

As of 20 / 11/ 23 Tafelberg Road near Devil's Peak is within range of criminal activity.

Here's hoping the situation improves soon ...

Hiking beyond Cape Town

cave view


Cederberg Wilderness Area

cederberg hiking with cape trekking

guided Cederberg hikes


Table Mountain Cable car from India Venster

There's more to Table Mountain than its well-known front face. Alternative routes offer varied views of Cape Town, and its famous flora and fauna.

Hike to the upper cable station via the less travelled Twelve Apostles routes. TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED

Back Table Twelve Apostles

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Hout Bay

Hike in Silvermine Nature Reserve:

Dip onto the trail that traverses high above Chapman's Peak Drive, then climb back up for a post-hike swim.

Sunrise & sunset hiking

Lion's head hiking before sunrise

Lions Head at Dawn (currently closed.)

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Table Mountain sundown

watching sundown upper cable station Table Mountain National Park

Hike up. Cable car down as the day draws to a close

Girl on Table Mountain above a cloudsea

At the upper cable station

Hike Devils Peak

Cable Car

Or Cape Town's other less-travelled trails ...

Disa Gorge Table Mountain

All levels of ease & interest

Walk Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve

  • The Atlantic and False Bay coastal trails
  • Cape Point
Hiking Cape of Good Hope

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Beyond the Peninsula ...

hiking near stellenbosch

The winelands - Stellenbosch and Franchhoek

Hiking up To Middleberg Hut, Cederberg


Table Mountain's influence on the city in:

21 maps illustrating Table Mountain influence on Cape Town

Aspects of Cape Town's deep geologic roots, history, hydrology, human culture ...




Yes, but where?



poachers at Cape of Good Hope

signs of increased pollution and hunting ...

hout bay from east fort

more notes on Cape mountain. Heritage etc. Here.

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Lion's Head & Signal Hill view from Devil's Peak

"Wonderful full day hiking on the Table Mountain.

I enjoyed a fine hike up, and across Table Mountain with Nick as a very experienced guide on my side. It was entertaining to chat with him and we got lots of interesting information around the Cape. He knows a lot about vegetation, geology and history of this mountain.He adapted the route to get the best out of the changing weather conditions, guiding us around the clouds, and brought us to stunning places. It was a perfect day! He really cares. I am very glad we spent a whole day on the hiking tour – there is so much to see and experience with Nick. A wonderful ending for our holidays in South Africa"

flower growing from rock on Table Mountain

“Fun and Educational Half Day at Cape Point

Friends and I booked Nick for a half day hike in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, and this ended up being one of the highlights of our trip. Nick is an engaging and personable guide with a wealth of knowledge about the local flora, fauna, geography, and history. He even had some excellent recommendations for points of interest and activities for the rest of our trip along the Garden Route. Cannot recommend highly enough!"

Cape of Good Hope Beach

"Full day Table Mountain Hike starting in Kirstenbosch Gardens, up Skeleton Gorge to the Cable Station

Our day with Nick was the highlight of our week in Cape Town. His knowledge of the fauna and flora and of the history of Cape Town added to our enjoyment of the breath-taking scenery. He managed to choose a route perfect for the fitness levels of our group . We especially loved his homemade snacks - especially the ice-cold pineapple slices just when we really needed them ! We will definitely be contacting Nick to show us more of Table Mountain next time we visit Cape Town."

Hiker near the top of Nursery Ravine, Table Mountain.

reflections while cape walking