Table Mountain Hikes

Table Mountain front face and Cape Town city bowl, Cape Trekking

Hike up Table Mountain's front face: 

For a quick excursion ascend its iconic right face via Platteklip Gorge or India Venster. The city and Atlantic seaboard views surround you. Then return by cable car.

Cable Car


~ Platteklip Gorge 

Take the old stone path to the top. This classic way up is by far the most-used. It could be called the mountain's pilgrim route. It offers a stiff cardio workout, taking you over streams as it zigzags up into the gorge. Choice route for the less experienced. Catch the cable car or walk down.  

2 to 4 hours

Hikers climbing a section of India Venster

~ India Venster

India Venster is a challenging trek beneath the cable-way, and round to exit via the top of Blinkwater Ravine. It includes some scrambling. Catch the cable car or walk down. You need to be in good shape an have a head for heights.  

2 - 5 hours



Take the Atlantic Seaboard routes via the Twelve Apostles:


Twelve Apostles

Choose one of the quieter, spectacular routes starting from various points along the Pipe Track.  From the Pipe Track you get on to the 'Back Table'. This is one of the mountain's most serene parts. Once there explore historic dams and hidden valleys that are home to famous disas in season, and rare frogs which sun themselves in fern-lined streams. 

Disa Stream feeds The Hely Hutchinson

Then hike back to end at your starting point; or branch off and trek up to the cable station; or journey over and down the eastern flanks. 

 Hikes range from 4 - 8 hours.  



Hike The Eastern flanks:                     

~ Skeleton Gorge or Nursery Ravine


Table Mountain from Kirstenbosch

Take one of these mostly shaded ways from Kirstenbosch, up to the 'Back Table' and explore its natural beauty. Then go down one of many routes on the same side; or head on to the Upper Cable station, or, after a picnic, cross over and take one of routes down the Twelve Apostles. 

 Hikes range from 4 - 8 hours.



Devil's Peak:


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This massif jutting out of Table Mountain offers unique views of Cape Town from a thousand meters high. 

Or, if you choose not to summit, skip the final push to the very top, and reach its lovely contour paths that cross 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.

 Hikes range from 2 - 6 hours.

Lion's Head & Signal Hill


Choose a half day or full day with a Table Mountain guide. Contact me to plan your bespoke mountain outing. 


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