Routes & Prices

Hike Table Mountain is the only guiding company that offers hikes up every single route on Table Mountain. We have a reservoir of options to give you the ultimate hiking experience.

There is no shortage of routes on Table Mountain – 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 every single route on Table Mountain. This means that we have a reservoir of options  to give you the ultimate hiking experience. Hiking routes 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.

PLATTEKLIP GORGE

Platteklip-Gorge

R750 per person

R950 pp with extension

Grade: A
Time: 2 hours (3.5 hours with extension)

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 path up an imposing ravine on the north face, featuring dramatic rock-formations 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.

Skeleton Gorge to Table Mountain summit

Skeleton-Gorge

R1200 per person

R1050 pp if others join

Grade: A+
Time: 3.5 hours to Maclear’s Beacon (add 45 minutes to upper cable station)

A Table Mountain classic. Follows a ravine choked with indigenous jungle before emerging onto slopes of fragrant fynbos (indigenous shrub) to eventually gain Maclear’s Beacon, highest point on Table Mountain and the Cape Peninsula. A 15-minute detour en route leads to a ‘beach’ at the historic Table Mountain reservoirs. A great and deservedly popular route taking in a variety of floral zones and a full range of views.

12 Apostles to Table Mountain summit

12-Apostles

R1200 per person

R1050 pp if others join

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 views on the ascent. Several routes of varying difficulty to choose from, all offering lots of nature and solitude. Optional short detours to the historic Table Mountain reservoirs as well as natural rock labyrinths. Half- or full-day variations available.

India Venster

India Venster Table Mountain

R850 per person

Grade: B
Time: 3.5 hours

This sensational route leads up directly under the cables of the cable car before skirting around to the back of the mountain. One of the finest half-day options on the mountain. A short detour leads to an exhilarating traverse through cliffside caves. Suitable for, but not restricted to the more adventurous. Dramatic topography and varied hiking.

LLANDUDNO RAVINE

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R1200 per person

R950 pp if others join

Grade: A+ (with B and C variations)
Time: 5 hours (round trip; no cable car option)

A delightful route up the south-western extremity of the Table Mountain range, topping out near 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.

HIDDINGH-ASCENSION

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R1900 per person

R1600 pp if others join

Grade: B+
Time: 6 hours to Maclear’s Beacon

Arguably the wildest route on Table Mountain, this one’s for the true adventurers out there. Enter a lost world of gloomy ravines, indigenous jungle and imposing topography. Only a faint trail across rugged terrain for much of the way, this route provides an unrivaled wilderness experience on a remote sector of the mountain. Not for the fainthearted or unfit.

LION’S HEAD

Routes and Prices - Lion's Head

R850 per person

Grade: A+ (with B and C options)
Time: 3 to 4 hours round trip

Although only two-thirds the height of Table Mountain, this prominent and detached peak commands panoramic views that will leave you breathless. Route circles the peak before following an exposed ridge to the summit. 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.

Summit Stroll

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R800 per person

Grade: A
Time: 3 to 4 hours

If you simply want to experience nature, explore the tabletop summit and get all-round views without much physical exertion, then this is the option 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 cable station along the front edge of the ‘Table’.

Please note the following

  • Costs are for groups of 2 people. Groups of 3 or more pay less.
  • Cost to single persons not joining a group (therefore private guiding): Platteklip Gorge, R1500; India Venster and Lion’s Head, R1600; Skeleton Gorge and Kasteelspoort, R1900. If joining a group: R700, R900 and R1100 respectively.
  • Free pick-up and drop-off in the city area (first 4 people to book on any given day) if you don’t have a rental car.
  • 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 what route? 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

  • Taxi fare on routes (12 Apostles, R70; Skeleton Gorge, R170) that require transport back to the start, if you don’t have a rental car.
  • Snacks and water. We’re happy to pack you a wholesome lunch – sandwich, dried fruit & nuts, energy bar and water – at a cost of R150 pp.
  • Entrance into the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (R55 pp) and cable car descent (R125 pp), when applicable.

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