Hiking in Cape Town
Cape Town offers stunning natural landscapes and a variety of hiking trails for outdoor enthusiasts.
The views from anywhere hiking in Cape Town will always be magnificent. Although, hiking is not my favourite thing to do. Without a doubt, you will see incredible nature, fauna and flora. I highly recommend if you have the time. At least, tick on of the following five top hikes in Cape Town:
Table Mountain National Park – Table Mountain Summit:
The iconic Table Mountain provides breathtaking panoramic views of Cape Town and its surroundings. There are several routes to the summit, ranging from easy walks to more challenging hikes. The Platteklip Gorge route is a popular and direct ascent, while the India Venster route offers a more adventurous climb with rock scrambling.
Lion’s Head is another prominent peak with a distinct shape located adjacent to Table Mountain. The trail to the summit offers stunning views of the city, coastline, and Table Mountain. Notwithstanding, this hike is relatively short but involves some steep sections and a bit of rock scrambling. To clarify, I have tried this once, it’s definitely for experienced hikers. It’s important to note, sunset and sunrise hikes are particularly popular for the incredible views.
Cape Point – Cape of Good Hope Trail:
In the southern part of the Table Mountain National Park, the Cape of Good Hope Trail offers a coastal hike with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. You need to pack your swimming costume, there are many lovely tidal pools to dip into. The trail takes you to the Cape of Good Hope, the south westernmost point of the African continent. Keep an eye out for the diverse flora and fauna along the way. I can almost guarantee you will come across much wildlife, gemsbok, mountain zebra and ostriches.
Skeleton Gorge to Maclear’s Beacon (Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens):
Uniquely, this hike starts at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and takes you through lush, forested areas of Table Mountain. The trail ascends via Skeleton Gorge, passing by the beautiful Smuts Track, and leads to Maclear’s Beacon, the highest point on Table Mountain. Not to mention, this hike offers a mix of scenery, from dense forest to open landscapes.
Devil’s Peak is part of the Table Mountain range and offers a challenging hike with rewarding views. The trail takes you along the saddle between Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak, providing stunning vistas of the city, Table Bay, and the Hottentots Holland Mountains. The Woodstock Cave is an interesting feature along the way.
In my personal experience, it is vital to hike in big groups. Another key point don’t take valuables. We have had many muggings on our mountains. Before embarking on any hike, it’s essential to check the current trail conditions. Remember, to bring sufficient water, wear appropriate footwear, and consider your fitness level.