WHY HIKE IN CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA?
Cape Town is not only the seat of parliament and a uniquely vibrant cultural fusion it is also a hikers wonderland as the city is surrounded by mountains, beaches and incredible reserves.
Our Cape Town guided hikes take place in the expansive Table Mountain Nature Reserve which manages the natural treasures from Cape Point as it juts dramatically into the Atlantic ocean in the South right up to the heights of Table Mountain. The views are exquisite & the biodiversity unmatched.
The Cape Floristic Region is a World Heritage Site not only for the incredible natural beauty & extensive history but because of the 1000’s of indigenous plants many of which are endemic to the park. Protea & fynbos create a unique floral landscape found nowhere else while the ocean adds a vibrant energy to this special landscape.
CAPE TOWN HIKING VACATIONS - OUR FAVOURITE OPTIONS
A guided walk on Table Mountain is a definite ‘to do’ on any Cape Town hiking holiday. Guided hikes on Table Mountain can be taxing but rewarding. Some routes are very exposed to the sun which is a consideration for hot days. You may consider hiking up and taking the cable car down or vice versa. Please note that the weather – wind, mist, rain storms – can move in with dramatic speed on Table mountain, in which case the cable car is no longer used and descent will be on foot.
The walks at Cape Point are generally easier but by no means less magnificent, here the Atlantic ocean surges against the Southern tip of the Cape Peninsular, creating an energetic dynamic landscape aptly named the “Cape of Storms”.
A visit to the Cape wine lands is definitely recommended and we offer magnificent hikes in the Jonkershoek mountains that tower over Stellenbosch and Franschoek. Of course the award winning wines and excellent cuisine of the region should be give equal attention!
A little further from Cape Town you are able to enjoy -arguably – some of the best hiking trails in the Cape Town area. The Kogelberg Biosphere is known as the heartland of the Cape floral region and it’s scenic diversity make it a spectacular destination for hikes. On the other hand, a little further North and you’ll enter the Cederberg Wilderness area with it’s dramatic rock formations and pristine mountain trails.
There is a perfect Cape Town hiking trip for you, let us know if you’d like a day hike or some great overnight hiking in Cape Town?
WHEN TO GO? - ALL YEAR ROUND
Cape Town has a Mediterranean-style climate: warm dry summers with long days perfect for sundowners & cool wet winters. Typically you can expect:
SPRING- September, October, Mid November. With mild temperatures and short spring showers that bring on the flowers spring in Cape Town is colourful and lovely. Day temperatures in the low 20’s.
SUMMER- End of November to March. The highest day temperatures are in February and March, often in the 30’s with warm clear nights. It is the driest season in Cape Town. Feb & March being the hottest.
AUTUMN -April and May. Fairly stable crisp weather with some rains, the temperatures are mild in the 20’s (Celcius) It’s beautiful hiking weather, cool in the mornings with clear night skies.
WINTER -June to end of August. Powerful cold fronts bring Cape Town’s wet weather, but they normally only last a day or two. The rest of the ‘Secret season’ is clear, crisp & lovely! Day temps 15C – 20C
ON TRAIL IN CAPE TOWN....
- Hiking on Table Mountain, at Cape Point and most reserves is normally on trails or on the beaches, they are maintained by the National Parks or reserve authorities
- Hiking in the Cederberg may be wilderness trekking or on trails.
- When hiking on a trail with Overnight huts, your meals will be provided and prepared by your guide.
- Slackpacking in Cape Town is a popular option. This is where you hike between accommodation venues and your luggage is transferred for you. Many of our trails have this option
- Accommodation options in Cape Town range from camping to luxury hotels.
- Fires are strictly forbidden anywhere other than designate bbq areas. Littering is not acceptable.
- Swimming in the ocean is only recommended at designated beaches, strong rip currents are common along the coast.
- The water from mountain streams is drinkable, but water is normally available at trail huts.
WE ARE HAPPY TO PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING SERVICES FOR YOU...
- Arrange accommodation for you anywhere in South Africa before or after your Cape Town hike
- Transfers to or from Cape Town
- Arrange internal flights. Cape Town is an International Airport.
- Rental of high quality mountaineering gear
- Cater for specific dietary requirements
- Create a tailor-made Itinerary for your South African hiking holiday.