Walks

Table Mountain Walks offers a variety of guided Table Mountain hikes.

Here you will find a list of available guided Table Mountain hikes that are offered by Table Mountain Walks.

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

*** Featured Hike 2022 ***

India Venster Hike

(Table Mountain)

Front Table 3 hours (4 hours)

For those with an adventurous spirit and a head for heights hike this scenic route up the front face of Table Mountain. The hike starts at the lower cableway station and ascends initially up a stepped path. Pause to take in the views over the city of Cape Town, Lions Head and Table Bay before tackling the steep climb to the top.

You will encounter a number of scrambles requiring a good level of agility and use of your hands to pull yourself up the rocks. Close to the top divert along Fountain ledge and look down over Camps Bay and the Twelve Apostles before an easy stroll on the Western Table takes you to the upper cableway station.

Lions Head Hike

Rise with the Lion! 3 hours (3 1/2 hours) 

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.

Platteklip Gorge Hike

(Table Mountain)

Front Table 3 hours (4 hours). 

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.

Kasteelspoort Hike to the Front Table

(Table Mountain)

Via Valley of the Red Gods to Front Table (Back and Front Tables): 4 hours (5 hours)

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.

Circular walk to Maclear’s Beacon

(Table Mountain)

Circular walk to Maclear’s Beacon: 2 – 3 hours (4 hours)

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.

Silvermine Nature Reserve

Silvermine Nature Reserve 4 hours

Explore the less frequented Silvermine Nature Reserve, South of Table Mountain.  Hike to Noordhoek Peak to experience panoramic views over Kommetjie’s  Long Beach, Hout Bay and look over the Cape Peninsula and False Bay all the way to Cape Point.  Admire the tranquil Silvermine reservoir and Constantia Valley winelands and see a variety of fynbos that are always in abundance.  This circular route offers a great hiking experience for all.

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