Routes & Prices
Hike Table Mountain is the only mountain-guiding outfit that offers hikes up all Table Mountain routes, so we have a wide range of options to give you the ultimate experience.
There is no shortage of routes up Table Mountain – about 35 ranging from unfrequented to popular, and another 50-odd obscure and near-forgotten. These can be mixed and matched into innumerable variations to provide a lifetime of hiking. Routes vary greatly in views, difficulty and terrain: the easiest follows well-defined paths involving minimal scrambling and exposure to heights (narrow ledges); the hardest traverses rugged terrain with lots of scrambling and exposure to heights.
Routes are graded A, B or C. Grades do not reflect physicality or exposure to heights, only 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.
Below are the most popular and classic Table Mountain routes along with a few handpicked alternatives. Many more options exist. For the aficionado, we can customize a hike around your fitness, experience, sense of adventure, preferences and interests.
R900 pp if others join
Duration: 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. More.
R1200 pp if others join
Duration: 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. More.
R1300 per person
R1200 pp if others join
Duration: 4 to 4.5 hours
Leads up the dramatic chain of seaboard peaks extending behind the tabletop summit of Table Mountain. Sea views on the first half with Peninsula views further up. Takes in a lot of the mountain, offering peace and quiet along with superb viewpoints. Optional short detours to the photogenic Diving Board viewpoint and the historic Table Mountain reservoirs. Finishes on the famous tabletop summit. More.
R1100 per person
Duration: 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. More.
R1300 pp if others join
Grade: A+ (with B and C variations)
Duration: 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. More.
R1600 pp if others join
Duration: 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. More.
R1100 per person
R850 pp if others join
Grade: A+ (with B and C options)
Duration: 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
Duration: 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. More.
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, R2100; India Venster and Lion’s Head, R2400; Skeleton Gorge and Kasteelspoort, R2600. If joining a group: R1000, R1200 and R1400 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 R400 pp.
- 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 which Table Mountain route? No problem. Based on the information you send us about yourself, we will match you with the best and most suitable route.
- Organizations, clubs, academic institutions and tour groups: discounted rates available on request.
- Cable car descent (R210 pp).
- Taxi fare on routes that require transport back to the start (if you don’t have a rental car): R100 for Kasteelspoort and R250 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 R300 pp.
- Entrance into the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (R210 pp). Applicable only to Skeleton Gorge.