Hiking

Hiking on Lion's Head, with Table Mountain in the background. Photo courtesy Matt Wright

A hiker’s dream city
Cape Town – the hiker's dream city!  Cape Town is home to Table Mountain and Cape Point, two iconic landmarks linked by the famous Hoerikwaggo Trail.  Cape Town has a number of active hiking clubs and groups and as a result there are plenty of well-trodden and easily navigable hiking trails in the surrounding mountains.

Table Mountain
Towering 1088 meters over Cape Town, and around 500 million years in the making, Table Mountain is a playground for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Boasting more plant species per square kilometer than a tropical jungle, this flat-topped monolith begs exploration. Trails run the length and breadth of the mountain, offering exceptional hiking for all levels of experience and fitness. Whether you’re looking for adventure or solitude, nature or views, a hike up Table Mountain is not to be missed.

Hike one of the World’s 7 Natural Wonders
Table Mountain justifiably enjoys triple status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a National Park and a World 7 Wonder of Nature.  It is also the most accessible of these natural sites, being less than a 30-minute drive from Cape Town International Airport. Cape Town’s city centre sits right at the foot of Table Mountain, hikers can get from their hotel to the start of their route within minutes. The mountain has several hundred routes to choose from, which can take anything from an hour to eight hours to complete. If you don't feel like walking back down, you can always use the Table Mountain Cableway.

Taming the beast
Table Mountain, despite its gentle appearance and proximity to civilization, is not to be trifled with. For all its beauty and grandeur, one still needs to treat the area with respect. Table Mountain generates a microclimate that can be somewhat unpredictable and capricious.  Hikers have been caught out by cloud that engulfs the mountain in minutes, making navigation difficult.  Conditions on the summit can change very quickly, so be sure to check the weather report before summiting.

Hiking here, that is the point!
Just over an hour’s drive from the city centre takes you to Cape Point, the most southwesterly tip of Africa. The area offers a variety of short walks, all with excellent views.
  There are many local experts with whom one can book hiking tours through, be it for Cape Point, Table Mountain or many of the mountains and trails that lie somewhat further afield.

Click here for a detailed list of our hiking safety tips and relevant contact numbers.
 

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