Routes & Prices
Hike Table Mountain is the only guiding company that offers hikes up all of the Table Mountain Hiking Trails. We have a reservoir of options to give you the ultimate hiking experience.
There is no shortage of Hike Table Mountain is the only guiding company that offers hikes up all of the Table Mountain Hiking Trails – more than 900 if you include climbing routes! These can be mixed and matched into innumerable variations to provide a lifetime of hiking and climbing. Hike Table Mountain is the only guiding company that offers hikes up all of the Table Mountain Hiking Trails . This means that we have a reservoir of options to give you the ultimate hiking experience. Table Mountain Hiking Trails vary in length, nature and difficulty: the easiest follows well-defined paths and leads up rock steps, with minimal scrambling and exposure to heights (vertical drops); the hardest traverses bushy and broken terrain and involves lots of scrambling and exposure to heights.
Routes are graded A, B or C. Grades do not reflect how strenuous or exposed to heights a route is, only the technical difficulty. An A-route involves walking only, a B-route some scrambling and a C-route more demanding scrambling, often necessitating rope work. Times are approximate. Costs are for bookings of 2 people. Bookings of 3 or more pay less.
Table Mountain Hiking Trails:
R750 pp if others join
Time: 2.5 to 3 hours
The oldest, easiest and most direct route to the summit and therefore also the most popular, so expect company along the way. Follows a well-constructed trail up a deep ravine on the iconic front face of the mountain, featuring imposing cliffs in its upper reaches. Tops out near the upper cable station. Extension: from the ravine head, traverse the length of the famous table top summit to the highest point on the mountain for more great views, an extra 1.5 hours and R350 pp.
Skeleton Gorge to Table Mountain summit
Time: 3.5 hours to Maclear’s Beacon (add 45 minutes to upper cable station)
A Table Mountain classic. Follows a lush ravine through indigenous jungle before emerging onto shrub-covered slopes to eventually gain the highest point on the mountain. A short detour en route leads to a ‘beach’ at the historic Table Mountain reservoirs. Takes in all floral zones and covers the length of the famous tabletop summit. Jungle setting with Peninsula and inland views on the ascent.
12 Apostles to Table Mountain summit
Grade: A+ (with B and C variations)
Time: from 4 hours
Leads up the dramatic chain of peaks extending behind the famous tabletop summit of Table Mountain. Sea and Peninsula views on the ascent. Several routes of varying difficulty to choose from, all offering lots of nature, peace and quiet. Optional short detours to the historic Table Mountain reservoirs as well as natural rock labyrinths. Finishes on the famous tabletop summit.
R900 per person
Time: 3.5 hours
Arguably the best half-day route to the summit, this sensational route leads up an impressive part of the mountain, offering superb city and sea views. Involves scrambling and exposure to heights (narrow ledges – nothing extreme) about 15% of the way, therefore ideal for, but not restricted to the more adventurous. Dramatic topography and varied hiking.
R1200 pp if others join
Grade: A+ (with B and C variations)
Time: 4.5 hours (round trip; no cable car option)
A delightful route up the southernmost extremity of the Table Mountain range, topping out at some of the best viewpoints on the mountain. Lots of solitude, so ample opportunity to connect with nature. Does not gain the famous tabletop summit of Table Mountain, but offers distant views of the tabletop as well as superb angles onto the whole mountain.
R1600 pp if others join
Time: 6 hours to Maclear’s Beacon
One of the wildest and most challenging routes up Table Mountain, this one’s for the adventurers out there. Leads up a series of jungled ravines off-the-beaten track, involving heights and tricky scrambling. Only a faint trail across rugged terrain (bushy / loose rock) for much of the way, this route provides an unrivalled wilderness experience on a remote sector of the mountain.
R950 per person
R850 pp if others join
Grade: A+ (with B and C options)
Time: 3.5 hours round trip
Lion’s Head is a free-standing peak located next to Table Mountain and about two-thirds its height. This isolated peak offers exciting hiking with sensational views. Available as a sunrise or sunset hike – a truly memorable experience. Also serves as a great alternative for when Table Mountain is covered in cloud. More adventurous as well as off-the-beaten track variations available.
R950 per person
R800 pp if others join
Time: 3.5 hours
If you simply want to explore the iconic tabletop summit and get all-round views with minimal exertion, then this option is for you. We take the cable car to the summit and traverse the length of the famous tabletop to the highest point on the mountain, from where we loop back to the upper station along the exhilarating front edge of the ‘Table’. Level terrain for much of the way.
Please note the following
- Costs are for bookings of 2 people. Bookings of 3 or more pay less.
- Cost to single persons not joining a group (private guiding): Platteklip Gorge, R1700; India Venster and Lion’s Head, R1900; Skeleton Gorge and Twelve Apostles, R2400. If joining a group: R800, R950 and R1200 respectively.
- Free pick-up and drop-off in the city area (first 4 people to book for any given day) if you don’t have a rental car. Additional bookings: free taxi pick-up in the city area; drop-off for your account.
- We hike up and take the cable car down. If the cable car is closed due to strong wind, we have to hike back down (via Platteklip Gorge), an extra 2 hours and R200 to R300 pp, depending on group size.
- Please remember to tell us if you prefer a private hike (no one else joins your group). Refer to ‘Group Size’ on the FAQ page.
- Can’t decide between which Table Mountain Hiking Trails? No problem. Based on the information you send us about yourself, we will match you with the best route.
- Organizations, clubs, academic institutions and tour groups: discounted rates available on request.
Excluded from the Table Mountain Hiking Trails:
- Taxi fare on routes that require transport back to the start (if you don’t have a rental car): R100 for Twelve Apostles and R200 for Skeleton Gorge.
- Snacks and water. We’re happy to pack you a wholesome lunch – sandwich, dried fruit & nuts, energy bar and water – at a cost of R200 pp.
- Entrance into the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (R65 pp) and cable car descent (R150 pp), when applicable.