Hiking Table Mountain – From a Hiker’s Perspective

by Sandy Salle on October 6, 2015

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Article written by Solomiya Pyatkovska, Hills of Africa’s Client Services Administrator

One of the absolute highlights of my stay in Cape Town, South Africa was easy access to to Table Mountain – a hiker’s paradise! There are so many ways to enjoy hiking the mountain that range from easy to extremely difficult and can last less than an hour to a multi-day adventure.

Today, I wanted to highlight one of my absolute favorite hiking adventures, and that is hiking Devil’s Peak!

Devil’s Peak hike has three different major approaches, ranging from moderate to strenuous. My friends and I choose the Newlands Ravine approach, which starts at the Rhode Memorial parking lot. It’s one of the easier approaches to the peak and we chose it due to promises of ample shade for a large portion of it, forest scenery, and unique flora that can’t be found anywhere else! The hike did not disappoint!

While it was slightly more strenuous than anticipated, we completed the hike in a little under 5 hours. We took ample time at the top of the peak to enjoy breathtaking 360-degree views of Cape Town and surrounding areas. There truly is no better hiking destination than Devil’s Peak when it comes to views!

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Solomiya at the top of Devil’s Peak!

While returning from our hike, we did run out of water, so please bring an ample supply of liquids and snacks. Also, a hat, sunglasses, proper hiking shoes, sunblock, and a light jacket – even in warmer months – is necessary as temperatures and sun exposure do change throughout the hike.

And, of course, don’t forget your camera for views like no other!


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martha Spencer June 4, 2017 at 9:36 am

We are currently scheduled to hike up table mountain Saturday June 10. We are interested in switching to Tuesday June 6th in the afternoon. Please let me know if this is possible. Thank you Martha Spencer.

Sandy Salle June 14, 2017 at 1:49 pm

I’m glad the weather got better for you. Can’t wait to hear about your trip, Martha.

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