Table Mountain hike duration: 2-3 hours (Preferred route Platteklip)
Table Mountain hike level: 4 out of 5 (1 = easy)
Table Mountain National Park is named after it’s resemblance to a flat
table like top. The sensational flat topped mountain is at the heart of Cape
Town, South Africa. Table Mountain is a symbol of pride and joy for local South Africans. The towering height of Table Mountain stands at around 1084,6 meters.
On a clear day,
- Devil’s Peak
- Signal Hill
- Hout Bay
- Camps Bay
- Cape of Good Hope
- Cape Point
- and Lion’s Head
are visible attractions at the top after a Table Mountain hike. Take in the
breathtakingly beautiful view of Cape Town and beyond with a hike up
Table Mountain national park.
There are many different hiking trails up Table Mountain, both easy and difficult. The most
popular hiking trail to summit Table Mountain includes the spacious India
Venster hiking trail and the majestic Platteklip Gorge hike. There is even a Table
Mountain Aerial Cableway at the base and at the top of Table Mountain National
Park. Table Mountain Aerial Cableway tickets can be purchased directly from the lower
or upper Cableway station. Tickets for the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway are included in the
Table Mountain hike with the guided hiking tour. Take an
energizing Table Mountain hike, then sit back and enjoy the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway
ride down. Take some great pictures of Cape Town along the way!
Most days the Table Mountain hiking is cool, but in summer the weather on Table Mountain can be extremely hot. Proper hydration is mandatory to hike Table Mountain. We
recommend wearing closed shoes and suitable clothing in layers,
bringing enough water and wearing sun protection to acclimatize yourself
to the weather on the Table Mountain hike. Table mountain national park has some cloudy
weather. On the occasional cloudy days, the cloud covering on Table
Mountain is called the “Table cloth”. The best time to hike Table Mountain is
early morning and later afternoon. If you have developed a hearty
appetite on the hike up, the Table Mountain Restaurant stands ready to
take your food and drinks order.
Platteklip Gorge up Table Mountain is our
preferred hiking trail for tackling the flat topped mountain. The route is well established
and the view after a hike up Table Mountain offers a good vantage point towards
Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope. The Platteklip Gorge hiking trail up
Table Mountain fills up quickly. It is best to book our guided Table Mountain hike in advance.
If you are feeling more adventurous then an India Venster hike is another excellent alternative hike up Table Mountain. India Venster is more technical and requires some hard scrambling to get over the rocky parts of Table Mountain. Read on!