Guided hiking up Table Mountain, Cape Town
A Table Mountain hike in Cape Town is the ideal way to explore the iconic feature around which the “Mother city” hustles and bustles. There are many hiking trails up Table mountain each with their own charm and we have chosen some of our favourites. These guided hikes on Table Mountain offer the best views, the most varied terrain and the show off the very best of this beautiful feature.
KASTEELSPOORT TRAIL- 6 HOURS
This Table Mountain guided hike starts near the Lower Cableway station. Initially gentle, the trail reveals lovely views of Lions Head and Camps Bay. The path veers up Kasteelspoort ravine where mountain fynbos, sheer cliffs & spectacular vistas accompany your ascent. Ruins of the old cable way are visible on this route and the ‘diving board’ is a perfect photo opportunity for those not scared of heights. From the top of the gorge the trail meanders into the Valley of the Red Gods, Ark Valley and Echo Valley before the final push to get onto the Table Mountain plateau.
From there it’s a gentle walk to the Cable Car station with amazing photo opportunities along every step. This hike quite possibly gives you the best experience of the diverse ecology on Table Mountain. Descent is via the Cable car or Platteklip Gorge.
SKELETON GORGE HIKE - 6 HOURS
This is a challenging but beautiful route up Table Mountain. From the world famous Kirstenbosch Gardens we head up through manicured lawns and splendid indigenous gardens to Skeleton Gorge which is one of the original Table Mountain hiking trails.
The climb starts almost immediately ascending though unique Afro – montane forest, wooden ladders are placed to assist you over tricky sections. Leaving the forest about half way up Skeleton Gorge you’ll spot the famous Breakfast Rock marking the top of the gorge. A short and more gentle climb up to McClears Beacon 1085m offers fantastic 360 degree views of Cape Town City and False Bay. We hike down Table Mountain via Nursary Ravine to Kirstenbosch or descend via the Cable Car with an optional quick bus trip back to Kirstenbosch Gardens.
LIONSHEAD HIKING TRAIL - 3 HOURS
Lionshead is an prominent 669m high peak flanking Table Mountain. Originally used to signal ships coming to Cape Town it’s now a favourite peak with Capetonian locals and tourists alike. A great option is to enjoy this Table Mountain hike at sunrise or sunset to fully enjoy the splendour that Lionshead offers.
The views are fabulous 360 degrees vistas over Cape Town from turquoise ocean to colossal Table Mountain with the city at your feet. It’s moderately steep with adventurous twists like chain ladders and somewhat exposed pathway.
If you are short on time in Cape Town and are happy to share Lionshead hiking trail, we recommend you hike this popular route. Return route to Lionshead carpark.
INCLUDED ON THE HIKE
- GoVertical Guides
- National Park Fees
- 500ml bottled water
- Transfer to the Trail head
- Hikers picnic
- Gear hire
- Hotel reservations