Hiking Table Mountain – What to Expect

by Sandy Salle on September 5, 2014

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Hiking Table Mountain isn’t a walk in the park. So, if you are looking for a challenging hiking adventure, then a hiking tour of Table Mountain is right up your alley! But, if you’re looking for something a little more laid back and not as challenging, then we recommend taking the rotating cable car up the mountainside and walking around the summit of the mountain instead of hiking from the base to the top.

Below are some of the private Table Mountain hiking tours we offer and what to expect on each of the tours:

Platteklip Gorge Ascent

Difficulty: Hard to Challenging

Not for the faint at heart, the Platteklip Gorge Ascent is a 2 – 4 hour climb, which covers a route of approximately 2.5 miles. This is a steep climb that requires hikers to travel along a rocky trail through a gorge. During this climb there will be times when you will need to step on secured stone steps and on one of your sides will be a steep drop. If you are afraid of heights or are not an avid hiker, this option is most likely not for you. But, if you are a fit person who enjoys challenging hikes, then this is the perfect adventure to take part in and get your blood pumping!

Table Top Explorer

Difficulty: Moderate

Travelers on the Table Top Explorer will spend approximately 3 – 4 hours on their hike, traversing an area of approximately 2.5 miles. The trail is comprised of moderately steep terrain and areas that are short but very steep.

The climb is actually a circular walk, beginning in the Upper Cableway Station and looping into the Back Table and back to the Upper Cableway Station. This walk provides fantastic views of Cape Town and its surroundings and even brings you to the beautiful Hely-Hutchinson Reservoir.

India Venster Ascent

Difficulty: Hard to challenging

A favorite among seasoned hikers, the India Venster Ascent is approximately 3 – 4 hours long and takes travelers along a 2.5 mile mountain trail, comprised of loose rocks, and steep ascents. The views are absolutely fantastic, and hikers can see the stunning Camps Bay, the 12 Apostles, and all of Cape Town.

Table Mountain Traverse – Kirstenbosch to the Western Table

Difficulty: Hard to Challenging

If you have some serious stamina and love a challenging hike than this is the perfect route for you. Approximately 5 – 6 hours long, the hike up Table Mountain Traverse covers an area of approximately 3.7 miles and brings travelers through the stunning Kirstenbosch Gardens before venturing through an indigenous forest and Cape fynbos. After trekking along some loose rocks and mountain trails it’s time to enter the Skeleton Gorge, which is comprised of steep ascents, loose rocks, and a series of wooden ladders. You will then reach the highest point of Table Mountain: Maclear’s Beacon, where you will have sweeping views of Cape Town and it’s surrounding areas below.

After exploring Maclear’s Beacon it’s time to head to the Western Table where you will descend the mountain – either by rotating cable car or on foot down the Platteklip Gorge (this is approximately 1.5 hours of additional hiking).

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