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Walks and hikes on Table Mountain and Cape Point

Times shown in the brackets () is the total time, including transfers

Start time for walks: October to May 6.00am / June to September 7.00am

Pricing, Booking and Enquiries Lions Head: 3 hours (3 1/2 hours) - Rise with the Lion
Looking south along The Twelve Apostles from the cable station Looking west across the front table towards the cable station and through Kloof Nek

Tackle this exciting and spectacular route to experience the panoramic view of the sunrise over the city of Cape Town. Admire the Atlantic seaboard and watch majestic Table Mountain come to light while seeing the sun appear from above the Hottentots Holland Mountains. Some scrambling along a couple of ladders to be scaled and some exposure to height, but worth it all when you reach the summit.

Pricing, Booking and Enquiries Platteklip Gorge (Front Table): 3 hours (4 hours)
On the path up Platteklip Gorge Lion's Head

Hike the route of the original explorers to the top of the Front Table.

The trail offers spectacular views all the way to the top with Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head flanking the mountain on either side. Take time to marvel at the views over Table Bay, Robben Island, Signal Hill and the City of Cape Town while also admiring the fynbos (the indigenous vegetation) and the awesome rock face of the gorge. At the top of the gorge a short 10 minute walk takes one to the cableway where plenty of time is allowed to take in the unrivalled panorama in all directions – look down on the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay and south over the Cape Peninsula and the majestic Twelve Apostles.

There are normally a few friendly dassies (rock hyrax) to photograph before we take a ride down in the revolving cable car back to our start point. Allow 3- 4 hours for this route.

Pricing, Booking and Enquiries Skeleton Gorge via Maclear`s Beacon, to the Front Table (Back and Front Tables): 5 hours (6 hours)
Climbing up the Ladder on Skeleton Gorge The Twelve Apostles

This point to point walk across Table Mountain starts from Kirstenbosch Gardens.

An easy stroll through the gardens takes us to the steeper ascent of the gorge. Once in the gorge we are surrounded by magnificent indigenous forest which provides us with welcome shade. We walk close to the stream to the half way point where there are a couple of ladders to tackle and a rockfall to scramble over. Nearing the top the trees thin out allowing us views over False Bay and the Constantia Valley all the way to the Hottentot Holland Mountains. Breakfast rock signals the top of the gorge and from here we hike along the eastern flank of the mountain to Maclear’s Beacon, the highest point. Here there are spectacular views over the whole of the Table Mountain chain all the way to Cape Point.

See typical mountain fynbos, some interesting rock formations and maybe a sunbird or even a sugarbird. At the beacon, Table Bay, Robben Island and Devil’s Peak take us by surprise as we realise we have crossed the mountain. Here we take a well earned break before walking across the Central Table with the City of Town, Lion’s Head and Signal Hill soon coming into view . An hour from the beacon we arrive at the cableway station with still plenty of time to visit the various viewing platforms and look for a dassie. Then we make our way down in the revolving car to Tafelberg Rd.

Pricing, Booking and Enquiries Kasteelspoort via Valley of the Red Gods to Front Table (Back and Front Tables): 4 hours (5 hours)
Top of Kasteelspoort overlooking Camps Bay View of Lion's Head and Camps Bay from Kasteelspoort

This scenic route starts from Camps Bay and ascends on the western or Twelve Apostles side of Table Mountain.

Admire the majestic 'Apostles' before starting the more serious hike up the gorge. Stop to take in the panorama of the Atlantic Ocean, palm lined beach of Camps Bay, Lion's Head and Robben Island.

On reaching the top discover the old cableway and railway and pose if you dare for a dramatic photo shot.

We now make our way to the Front Table - still a way up passing through the Valley of the Red Gods and Valley of Isolation. Take time to admire the intricate rock formations, pristine fynbos and breathtaking views. Arriving opposite Fountain Peak between the Central and Western Tables we are now at the top and have earned well deserved break before catching the cableway down.

Pricing, Booking and Enquiries Circular walk to Maclear's Beacon: 2 - 3 hours (4 hours)
Protea Looking past some rocks across the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town

For those not wanting to exert themselves this is a good option to explore the quieter parts of Table Mountain without the effort.
Ascend by cableway and hike to Maclears Beacon, the highest point, with its incredible panoramic views.. Admire the unusual landscape and look down on the lower Back Table with its 5 reservoirs stretching all the way to Cape Point.

The return route is closer to the edge with views over the city, Robben Island and Table Bay. Marvel at the intricate rock formations and with luck see a Rock Kestrel hovering overhead. Spend some time at the various viewpoints before descending by cableway.

This route may be extended to Echo Valley with some descent and ascent - additional time 1 hour.

Pricing, Booking and Enquiries Kasteelspoort via Echo Valley, Maclears Beacon to Cableway: 6 hours (7 hours)
The wilderness on top of the mountain Exploring the Back Table

Exploring the Back and Front Tables and three hidden valleys, this full day hike allows you to appreciate the true beauty of Table Mountain.

Ascend Kasteelspoort from the Twelve Apostles side of Table Mountain and pause to admire the Atlantic coastline, Lion's Head and Camps Bay. Once at the top of the gorge hike through the three valleys with their lichen covered rocks and formations en route to Maclear's Beacon, the highest point. Now on the flat plateau easy walking takes us to our lunch spot on the edge overlooking the panorama of the city, Table Bay and the western coastline.

After lunch stroll across the Central Table and marvel at the flat landscape, intricate rock formations and look out for lizards sunning themselves. Cross to the Western Table and spend time at the various viewpoints before descending by cableway.

Other walks available
Pricing, Booking and Enquiries Cape Point Nature Reserve: full day (8 hours)
Walking up the steps to the LightHouse Rest Stop in the Cape Point Nature Reserve

Get off the beaten track and explore on foot this magnificent nature reserve situated at the tip of the Cape Peninsula.

Avoid the bus tours and crowds and arrive early to experience the isolation and exquisite coastline. Visit the lighthouses and walk to the Cape of Good Hope and recall the voyages of the sailors of a bygone era who first rounded this point.

Enjoy a picnic lunch at Buffels Bay before the 2 hour circular hike to Kanonkop, a great viewpoint and site of an old signal canon. Chances are you will see no one as you admire the panorama across False Bay, to Cape Point and all of the reserve to the Atlantic Ocean.

Spot a variety of birds and also bontebok, eland and zebra and even an ostrich or two. On leaving the reserve stop off at Boulders Beach to view the African Penguins before returning to your hotel in the city.

Pricing, Booking and Enquiries The Twelve Apostles Walk (Back Table): 4 to 5 hours
Margie at view of Chapmans Peak

A magnificent walk up Table Mountain to the top of the 12 Apostles including time spent exploring the amazing Tranquility Cracks.

Pricing, Booking and Enquiries Silvermine Nature Reserve north: 4 hours
Looking over Hout Bay from Silvermine, with Karbonkelberg in the center

A great walk along the Silvermine River and to Noordhoek Peak – great views all round and lots of fynbos to admire.

Pricing, Booking and Enquiries Silvermine Nature Reserve south: 3 or 4 hours
Bush terrain at beginning of walk

A circular walk to visit the famous ‘Amphitheatre’ and St James Peak.

Great views over False Bay and lots of rock formations to admire.

Pricing, Booking and Enquiries Lions Head: 4 hours
Standing on Lion's Head with The Twelve Apostles in the Background

Tackle this exciting and spectacular route to get panoramic views of the city of Cape Town, the Atlantic seaboard and Table Mountain. Some scrambling along a couple of ladders to be tackled and some exposure to height, but worth it all when you reach the summit.

Special fynbos and birding walks arranged on request