Cape Town Hikes
Cape Town is any hikers paradise, with multiple trails up almost all of our gorgeous mountains. Michael and I hike pretty often and we love going up to take some awesome photos as well.
If you don’t hike often then read this post on hiking etiquette
Things to remember when hiking:
- Always be safe, no photo is ever worth risking your life for! Some of our photos might look scary but i am afraid of heights so believe me when I say its all about the angle!
- Be aware of your surroundings. We have had a few attacks in the mountains lately. Never hike alone and always hike with mace. If you are unfamiliar with the area don’t hike very early or near to sunset time
- Always pack enough water and food in case your hike takes longer or you get stuck somewhere.
Here are 7 of my favorite hikes in Cape Town
This is not one of the most well known hikes but it is intensely beautiful and pretty strenuous. The start can be found on Rocket road, a jeep track by the Hout Bay dunes. It’s mostly up, up and more up so you need to be pretty fit to smash this hike easily. You get rewarded with breathtaking views of our epic coastline, sheer drops and interesting overgrown rocks.
The path isn’t the easiest to stick to especially as it’s still recovering from a fire that ravaged it so remember to check up on the route before you go.
One of the most popular and most scenic hikes in Cape Town. The view from the top is a 360 of everything you need to see in Cape Town and the perfect place to capture some gorgeous sunrise or sunset photos. It can get pretty full in season or at full moon.
Read about 5 things to know before hiking up Lions Head here. ( how is this view of Table mountain from Lions Head?? )
Another relatively unknown hike is tranquility cracks. You need to start on the pipetrack and head all the way up the mountain via Corridor ravine for this one. Its probably one of the easiest ( albeit longest ) ways to get to the top of the mountain. From there it is a short walk to get to this incredible place!
You need to be extra safe, cautious and conscious while exploring here and always respect nature!
Here is a full guide on how to get there.
Another trail that takes you up Table Mountain on the Apostles side is kasteelspoort. It’s a bit of a strenuous hike but it will mostly take you about an hour and a bit to get to the top with photo stops. The famous diving board rock will greet you at the top but I have to admit its dangerous especially in windy conditions. The rock is quite wide which you cant really see on the photos but I still can’t spend a lot of time on it as my legs go jelly!
You will also come out right were the huge reservoirs are at the top of the mountain and its a pretty epic sight!
This very easy hike is pretty spectacular! No crazy climbing or ledges but more like relaxed hiking with a view. I love exploring the pipe track and its the perfect place to hike if you are a beginner or you just need some lovely nature time. You can start the hike at the foot of Table Mountain and walk right to the end by corridor ravine for great exercise and epic views!
Our favorite thing is to go for a run there or just sit on a rock and enjoy the sun setting over our beautiful hood!
Little Lions Head
This hike has been my favorite for so many years and still is whether it’s sunny or bad weather out. You can see Chapmans peak, the whole of Hout Bay and Sandy bay from the top. It only takes about 35 min to get to the top although there is quite a bit of uphill and scrambling involved. The path isn’t very definite especially ones you get to the bigger rocks near the top but there is almost no way you can get lost so just be safe!
Check out my blog post here.
You will always be blessed with insane landscapes at Chapmans Peak. The views from the road are great but it’s even better from the top. Get a birds eye view of Noordhoek stretching all the way to the Slangkop light house or look out over the Sentinal and Hout Bay from different angle. the entrance to the hike is just before you need to pay to go on Chapmans peak so get a day pass at the toll.