Hike on Table Mountain and you’ll be rewarded with a good workout, an exceptional view (if the weather plays along) and bragging rights to say you conquered one of the Seven New Wonders of the World.
That said, a hike up Table Mountain should not be underestimated. The weather changes quickly and it’s a steep climb. Study the hiking safety tips (visit www.capetown.travel) before heading out to ensure you know what you’re in for. If it’s your first hike on the mountain or you’d like some assistance, guides like Hike Table Mountain, Table Mountain Treks and Tours or Mother City Hikers are recommend.
We’re taking a look at five great Table Mountain hikes to try and luckily the first one is a walk in the park.
The pipe track
This route doesn’t go up Table Mountain, but rather around it. It’s a much easier hike, but just as beautiful with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and Lion’s Head and a chance to appreciate some of the mountain’s fynbos up close.
Park at the very first parking lot on Tafelberg Road and head to the right, up the concrete stairs where you’ll find the Pipe Track leading toward the Twelve Apostles. The track hugs the mountain for about 6 km to Corridor Ravine, but you can turn around at any point.
Approximate time: 1.5 – 3 hours one way, depending on fitness and how far you walk.
This zig-zag up the Table is the most popular route and feels a little like climbing stairs for an hour or two (or three, depending on fitness). It’s a beautiful trail and when the weather is good you’ll encounter many other hikers, so it’s a more social hike with great people-watching possibilities.
You’ll start the route on Tafelberg Road. Carry on driving after the Cableway station until you see the Platteklip sign and parking. When you start walking, keep left till you see the Platteklip turnoff. You’ll zig-zag your way up to a ravine and just when you feel like you’ve had enough you’ll emerge at the top. From there you take the route to the right and then you’ll be at the top of Table Mountain, where you can walk to the Cable Way and restaurant with ease.
Approximate time: 1.5 – 3 hours one way depending on fitness and breaks.
As the name suggests, this hike takes you to a large cave with an epic view of the area of Woodstock and surrounds. It’s a relatively easy and family-friendly hike, so be sure to pack a picnic and enjoy the view, shade, and tiny waterfall while you are up there.
You have two starting point options. You can start via Tafelberg road, which entails driving past the Cableway station and parking either at the Woodstock Cave route’s start, or as close as you can when the road is closed. The second option is starting at Rhodes Memorial and hiking to the King’s Blockhouse. Past the Blockhouse the road forks where you will take the left fork. At the next fork, take a right towards the Cableway.
Approximate time: 1.5 – 2 hours one way starting from Tafelberg Road, 2 – 3 hours one way starting from Rhodes Memorial.
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