Table Mountain Hike
Table Mountain Hike, Cape Town | Experience one of the most breathtaking views in world. At just over 1000m altitude, Table Mountain is the World Heritage site and a remarkable geological and natural feature. Table Mountain recently confirmed as one of the New7Wonders of Nature. Table Mountain is a must do, must see for anyone visiting Cape Town.
A visit to Cape Town is incomplete without a hike up Table Mountain. Rising to just over one thousand metres directly from sea level, Table Mountain ranks in status alongside famous African giants such as Kilimanjaro and the Atlas Mountains.
Routes can be tailor-made to individual hiking experience and preferences. Choose from a gentle meander on the table plateau to the highest point, to a challenging scramble up Nursery Ravine or India Venster.
For the more energetic, why not combine this physical challenge with an insight into the secrets of the mountain. Our experienced nature guides will interpret the wonders of the Cape Floral Kingdom.
Enjoy spectacular views of Cape Town and the surroundings before descending on foot or, if legs are weary, in the revolving cableway.
A few of the favourite routes are listed below. An optimum route is chosen from this selection, based on the fitness of the members of the party and according to the Cape’s unpredictable weather at the time.
Western Table to Maclears Beacon return:
2 hour easy to moderate hike on the Table Mountain Plateau. Guests are met at accommodation and then transferred to the Cableway station. The guide will organise tickets and then proceed with you up Table Mountain in the aerial cableway. This can take up to 60 people at a time and does a full rotation enabling guests to enjoy 360 degree views of Cape Town, Lions Head and the Mountain itself. Once on top we get away from the groups and meander along to Maclears Beacon the highest point on Table Mountain. This pleasant walk across the flat-topped Table plateau overlooking the city passes through some marshy frog breeding areas with interesting vegetation.
Twelve Apostles to the Table Mountain Plateau :
5 hour Moderate: The climb up Kasteelspoort zigzags its way up a partly shaded gorge beneath the overhanging walls of Spring Buttress. Climbers are rewarded with views of the twelve apostles that stand like sentinels overlooking the Atlantic coast. Enjoy a picnic lunch down into the Valley of the Red Gods and the Valley of Isolation. Eventually you arrive on the Table Mountain plateau for a pleasant walk towards the Upper Cableway station. The guide will organise tickets and then proceed down Table Mountain in the aerial cableway. This can take up to 60 people at a time and does a full rotation enabling guests to enjoy 360 degree views of Cape Town, Lions Head and the Mountain itself.
Skeleton Gorge along the top of Table Mountain Plateau:
6 hour Moderate to strenuous hiking: Start hiking in the Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens renowned for its spectacular array of indigenous plants. The climb up Skeleton gorge is well equipped with ladders to aid hikers over the slippery rocks. Keep an eye out for the illusive endangered ghost frog as we ascend through the dense indigenous forests. The forest gradually gives way to the shrub like Fynbos. This pleasant walk across the flat-topped Table plateau overlooking the city passes through some marshy frog breeding areas with interesting vegetation. Descend down Platteklip gorge or take a ride down the cableway if your legs are weary.
Please bring hat, sun block, warm top, in winter warmer clothing is a must, including a rain/wind proof jacket, small backpack and of course the camera! Be prepared to be out for approx. 4 – 6 hrs. All walks are undertaken at participants own risk and are subject to weather conditions.
The hiking includes the following:
- Transport arrangements from your accommodation (city centre),
- Experienced hiking guide,
- Single down cableway tickets,
- Gourmet picnic lunch,
- Snacks and water.