Table Mountain Nature Trails And Hikes

Table Mountain offers some amazing walks for all levels of fitness. The stunning views from the top of the maintain looking over the Cape Peninsula; make the arduous walk up the mountain worth the effort. The top of the mountain is relatively flat and easy to walk.

Some of the popular routes are sign posted and easy to navigate, however, I would recommend purchasing a map (they are not expensive and are available through Cape Nature Conservation and outdoor/ hiking shops). This gives you the freedom to explore and not get lost. The condition of the paths are excellent and well trodden. The Table Mountain Reserve gives free access to the paths around the mountain in the Cape Town vicinity. Unwind from the stress at the office by taking a short walk along its slopes and enjoying the sunset. Cell phone reception is available from curtain points looking over the City of Cape Town.

Tourists visiting Cape Town might enjoy the Hoerikwaggo Table Mountain Trail. This is the best hiking trail I have done. It is a great way to enjoy Cape Town and Table Mountain while staying over-night in well-kept facilities. It is a guided and portered, 2 or 3 day trail. If you have never been to Cape Town before, this is a great way to enjoy Table Mountain.

Our group found the guides well trained and happy to share their intimate knowledge and history of the area. The accommodation is luxurious by hiking standards. Comfortable beds and quality linen is supplied. Mouth-watering catered meals are prepared at the overnight houses, allowing one to enjoy Cape Town and Table Mountain without any worries.

The Table Mountain Trail starts at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and meanders through the City of Cape Town, highlighting the cultural and historic attractions. Then the trail heads up the mountain where one can enjoy the Fynbos (fine bush), birdlife and awesome views. There are three reservoirs on top the mountain and the trail visits the museum emphasising their history. The last day finishes off in the beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens. The guides have radios and are prepared for any emergency.

A great way to see the trails around the mountain is through Google Earth. It shows the mountain and its position in relation to Cape Town. Check/ tic the Hiking Trails layer under T4A Roads, in Tracks4Africa, found in the Gallery Layers option of Google Earth. The co-ordinates of Table Mountain are : Latitude 33°57’26.61″S and Longitude 18°24’11.53″E. There is also a great Wikipedea reference from these co-ordinates.

Last note. Table Mountain needs to be respected as a wilderness mountain area. It is recommended to hike in a group and let someone know the route you will be hiking. The weather can become unpredictable at times. Prepare and pack for the worst. I have hiked over this mountain many times and in different conditions, enjoying it every time.