About Nick

Nick Ashby Hiking Guide on Table Mountain

Cape Town Hiking Guide

I am a fully qualified and registered hiking guide. It wasn’t my first job, though. I worked as an actor for ten years, having studied drama at the University of Cape Town. When my wife and I planned to take a year off acting to travel, it turned into seven.

During that time we became English teachers in Egypt, Russia and Taiwan, parents in the USA, and studied Mandarin. We hiked and trekked wherever we went. The highlight was always the Himalayas.

Since coming back to South Africa in 2005 I have published a novel, taught more, as well as kept guiding on my old favorite, Table Mountain, and other hiking trails around the Cape, which I'd first explored as a boy scout.

Those days prepared me for places like the Cederberg, Fish River Canyon, Jebel Mara, and the Himalayas - including pilgrimage to Chomolungma base camp via Rombuk; for several years I regularly hiked the the Annapurna.

In Cape Town's unique city & wilderness environment one can roll out of bed and be up Table Mountain within an hour and a half. But that doesn't mean one can let one's guard down.  

The summer sun, slant of the slope, plus Indian and Atlantic Ocean weather systems that roil Table Mountain and the Cape of Good Hope, make for tricky trekking. Various factors can change quickly. Prepare carefully.  

Hiking Guide IdentificationTourist Guide Identification Card for Table Mountain

Evening silhouette of the Cederberg mountains