Cape Town Hikes

Hiking Cape Town, South Africa

Table Mountain is one of the most iconic and recognizable mountains in the world. Located just outside and overlooking Cape Town, South Africa, this flat-topped mountain is a widely popular tourist attraction in the city. Many visitors use the scenic cable car to get to the top, but there is also a dense network of hiking trails crisscrossing the mountain.

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5 Day Cape Point to Table Mountain Hiking

Table Mountain National Park encompasses the stunning Table Mountain chain, which stretches 90km from Signal Hill in the north to Cape Point in the south. Famous for its variety of flora and fauna and for magnificent sea and mountain vistas, the Table Mountain Trail is the full 5 day hike from Cape Point to Table Mountain.

  • Accommodation in tented camps

  • Fully catered

  • Fully catered

Accommodation is provided in permanent tented camps with comfortable beds, hot and cold running water and covered kitchen and social area. This trek is fully catered and has vehicle back-up, so you need to only carry a day pack while hiking.

Day 1: Cape Point Hike (6 hours hiking)
Covering a distance of 16.5km today we hike the length of the Cape Point Reserve. A chance to explore both the old and the new lighthouse before escaping the crowds by climbing Vasco Da Gama Hill (highest point 266m) and hiking to the whale look out point. Here at the foot of the steep cliffs the deep water offers one of the best whale viewing points in the Cape. (September to November are the best whale watching months) From here we continue along the coast line of the reserve to the main gate keeping an eye out for the herds of zebra, bontebok Eland and other wildlife that abound here. Sleep in Smitswinkel Hut situated at the entrance to the reserve.

Day 2: Scarborough to Kommetjie (4 hours hiking)
Covering a distance of 10km, todays hike follows the Atlantic coast from the beach of Scarborough to Kommetjie. Today is mainly beach walking although some rock hopping is required in places and include the chance to enjoy a swim and explore the rockpools. Sleep in the Slangkop tented camp situated right on the beachof Kommetjie

Day 3: Kommetjie to Silvermine Nature Reserve (8 hours hiking)
Today’s hike covers a distance of 18km. We begin with a 5km hike along the pristine sands of Noordhoek beach. From there we move away from the coast and into the mountains. We begin with a steep climb up Chapmans Peak above the famous toll road Peak (highest point 754 metres) followed by another climb into the Silvermine Nature Reserve. Highlights of today are the magnificent views over Hout Bayand the pristine fynbos that abounds. Overnight in the Silvermine Nature Reserve.

Day 4: Silvermine to Constantia Nek (5 hours hiking)
Covering a distance of 16km today we descend from Silvermine via Blackburn Ravine and traverse the Constantiaberg mountain with views of Hout Bay before rounding the South side of the mountain and heading East towards Constantia with views of False Bay and the Southern suburbs. Reaching the top of the Vlakkenberg overlooking Table Mountain is one of the many higglights of todays hike. A final descent to Constantia Nek ends the day with our entry into the Orangekloof reserve. Overnight in the Orange kloof tented camp.

Day 5: Constantia Nek to Cape Town (6 hours hiking)
Covering a distance of 18km, today we ascend Table through the beautiful Disa Gorge and the protected afromotane forest found here. There is also an opportunity to see the entrance to the Woodhead tunnel built in the 1800’s to transfer water from the reservoirs on top of the mountain to the city of Cape Town. Once on top of Table Mountain we pass the reservoirs and ascend the final 300m to Maclears Beacon (the highest point in the Table Mountain chain. 1085m). From here we follow the flat top overlooking the city of Cape Town before descending via the steep Platteklip Gorge.

About the location

Accommodation

Table Mountain lies within Table Mountain National Park, which has a variety of accommodations available. They range from picturesque and atmospheric tented camps to a secluded guest house on the beach and a scenic cottage right on top of Table Mountain. <br>Note that some accommodations in the national park may not be close to Table Mountain itself. <br>Cape Town, situated at the foot of the mountain, offers a plethora of additional accommodation as well, including numerous hotels and guesthouses, B&Bs and hostels.

Location

Table Mountain is Cape Town’s most famous iconic landmark, Table Mountain is always a top choice for hikers who visit the destination. Woodhead Dam lies on the top of the mountain and is a large dam constructed in 1897 that supplies water to the city of Cape Town. <br>If you are a hiker who prefers hiking in peace up to the mountain and avoiding the large crowds, the back routes are recommended. However, there are a number of trails up and down the mountain available that offer different moods and challenges for different explorers.

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Activities

Choose between half day (2 to 4 hours) or full day (5 hours+) hike on Table Mountain.

Amenities

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