Guided Hike in the Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town

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Spoken languages: Afrikaans, English
Minimum age: From 6 years-old and up
Cancellation policy: moderate More info

Activity description

Embark on one of our hikes in Table Mountain National Park!

Table Mountain is one of South Africa's most amazing natural parks. As well as the iconic Table Mountain, its most known landmark, the park has diverse flora, and even exotic wildlife such as baboons and penguins! There are a number of different pathways and routes around the park and up the mountain, which will allow you to take in jaw-dropping views over Cape Town and the Ocean from numerous different angles and altitudes. 

We offer a number of different hikes for you to discover the park, each uncovering different parts of its wonderful nature. All between 2 and 4 hours long, our hikes are designed to be accessible to all - although some are more challenging than others. Our knowledgeable guide will lead the way and help you out when necessary, and he'll even provide you with some insider facts about the area. We'll take several breaks when recovery is needed - make sure you bring along some water and energy bars to replenish as you walk in the blazing South African sunshine! 

Offers

1
Platteklip Gorge Guided Hike
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One of the easiest and quickest ways to hike up Table Mountain is through Platteflip Gorge. The route takes us up a rock staircase, gaining elevation quickly while enjoying amazing city views at the same time.

Objectives

Distance: 2.5 km (1.6 miles)

Elevation Gain: 680 m (2230 feet)

Course of events

The hike starts about a kilometre past the lower cable station. From there, the elevation gain is immediate, making our way up to the left side of the gorge. The path continues up a fun, narrow stretch until we meet an inter-crossing. Depending on the energy of the group, we can then either continue up to the highest point of Table Mountain, or make our way back down again.

Special terms

Hiking on sunny days is very dehydrating. Be sure to bring bottled water with you.

Do not forget to bring
  • Sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking shoes
  • Water and energy bars
  • Weather-appropriate hiking clothes
  • Cap
Sensation Level:

Chill

Fitness level:

Everybody welcome

Duration:

3 hrs

Minimum age:

From 6 years-old and up

Meeting point:

Offer n° 1

Platteklip Gorge Starting Point, Tafelberg Rd, Table Mountain (Nature Reserve), Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

Offer n° 2, 4

Kirstenbosch gardens

Offer n° 3

Lion's Head Hike Parking, Signal Hill Rd, Signal Hill, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

Included:
  • Experienced Guide
2
Skeleton Gorge Hike
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One of the most beautiful hikes in Table Mountain, this route begins in the Kirstenbosch gardens with its many fynbos. It then takes you through lovely wooded areas, up exciting ladders next to waterfalls, finishing at the white sandy beaches at the top of Table Mountain.

Objectives

Hike distance: 6.5 km (4.4 miles)

Elevation gain: 900 m (3000 feet)

Course of events

This hike will do a loop from the Kirstenbosch gardens. We follow a cleared path through the densely wooded Skeleton Gorge, before starting uphill. The steep section of this hike is short and equipped with ladders for an easy climb up the smooth rocks. After this short bout of intense elevation gain, we continue our way up more slowly, gaining a total elevation of 900m (3000 feet) above sea level for a beautiful panoramic view over Cape Town.

Special terms

Hiking on sunny days is very dehydrating. Be sure to bring bottled water with you.

Do not forget to bring
  • Sun cream
  • Sun glasses
  • Hiking shoes
  • Bottle of water and energy bars
  • Cap
  • Camera
  • Weather-appropriate hiking clothes
Sensation Level:

Chill

Fitness level:

Everybody welcome

Duration:

3 hrs

Minimum age:

From 6 years-old and up

Meeting point:

Offer n° 1

Platteklip Gorge Starting Point, Tafelberg Rd, Table Mountain (Nature Reserve), Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

Offer n° 2, 4

Kirstenbosch gardens

Offer n° 3

Lion's Head Hike Parking, Signal Hill Rd, Signal Hill, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

Included:
  • Experienced guide
3
Lion's Head Guided Hike
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One of the most popular peaks of Table Mountain Natural Park, this hike is particularly busy at sunrise and sunset. One of the shortest itineraries to reach a peak, Lion's Head is a great option for those searching for exceptional panoramic views within a reasonable hiking distance.

Objectives

Hike distance: 5.5 km (3.4 miles)

Elevation gain: 669 m (2195 feet)

Course of events

There are several starting points for the Lion's Head trail, and this will depend mostly on available parking. Your guide will be in touch with you on the day to find a convenient meet-up location, after which you will make your way up the at times steep path to Lion's Head.

Special terms

Hiking on sunny days is very dehydrating. Be sure to bring bottled water with you.

Do not forget to bring
  • Sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking shoes
  • Water and energy bars
  • Weather-appropriate hiking clothes
  • Camera
  • Cap
Sensation Level:

Chill

Fitness level:

Everybody welcome

Duration:

3.5 hrs

Minimum age:

From 6 years-old and up

Meeting point:

Offer n° 1

Platteklip Gorge Starting Point, Tafelberg Rd, Table Mountain (Nature Reserve), Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

Offer n° 2, 4

Kirstenbosch gardens

Offer n° 3

Lion's Head Hike Parking, Signal Hill Rd, Signal Hill, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

Included:
  • Experienced guide
4
India Venster Guided Hike
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A Table Mountain classic, this route winds in and around India Ravine and Venster Buttress, following the lines of the cable car above us. Making our way around the mountain, this route provides incredible views from both sides of the peak, before climbing our way to more elevated terrains. This route is the one which involves the most scrambles, and will most definitely require a hands-on approach during the ascent. Strap on for an adventurous 4 hours which will earn you the title of a proper Capetonian by the end!

Objectives

Hike distance: 3 km (1.9 miles)

Elevation gain: 700 m (2300 feet)

Course of events

India Venster is classified as a B-Grade scramble, meaning it is accessible to anyone who is comfortable with heights.

The route begins briefly on the contour path around Table Mountain, before heading upwards to Venster Buttress. Once up, we will be able to actually look through the venster (window in Afrikaans) onto the India Ravine. After this landmark, we will reach the scramble sections, which our well-trained guides will coach you through safely and enthusiastically, before reaching the top of the mountain.

Do not forget to bring
  • Sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking shoes
  • Water and energy bars
  • Weather-appropriate hiking clothes
  • Cap
  • Camera
Sensation Level:

Chill

Fitness level:

Everybody welcome

Duration:

4 hrs

Minimum age:

From 6 years-old and up

Meeting point:

Offer n° 1

Platteklip Gorge Starting Point, Tafelberg Rd, Table Mountain (Nature Reserve), Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

Offer n° 2, 4

Kirstenbosch gardens

Offer n° 3

Lion's Head Hike Parking, Signal Hill Rd, Signal Hill, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

Included:
  • Experienced guide
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Meeting point

Offer n° 1
Platteklip Gorge Starting Point, Tafelberg Rd, Table Mountain (Nature Reserve), Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Offer n° 2, 4
Kirstenbosch gardens
Offer n° 3
Lion's Head Hike Parking, Signal Hill Rd, Signal Hill, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

Cancellation policy

Cancellation 10 days or more prior to the agreed activity date
You will be automatically refunded for the full amount for the activity
10 days
Cancellation between 4 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity date
You are entitled to a 50% refund
4 days
Cancellation 4 days or later prior to the agreed activity date
No refund will be possible
Weather Guarantee
Regardless of the date, if the activity is cancelled due to bad weather conditions, you will be offered a refund or the chance to reschedule