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LONGER GUIDED DAY HIKES





Platteklip Gorge   PLATTEKLIP GORGE
This hike follows the route discovered by the original explorers to the top of Table Mountain. This is the shortest climb to the summit (app 2-3 hours) and is quite steep, but not technically challenging. The trail offers spectacular views all the way to the top with Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head flanking the mountain on either side. Take time to marvel at the views over Table Bay, Robben Island, Signal Hill and the City of Cape Town while also admiring the fynbos and overwhelming rock formations. At the top of the gorge a short 10 minute walk takes one to the cableway to take in the unrivalled panorama in all directions – look down on the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay and south over the Cape Peninsula and the majestic Twelve Apostles. One can also walk to the highest point, Mc Clears Beacon. This takes plus minus 30 minutes and the route is quite flat.
     
Lions Head Hike   LIONS HEAD
On the right hand side of Table Mountain, behind Signal Hill, is the distinctive shaped mountain slope, Lions Head. It was originally given the name by the 17th century Dutch settlers, as it resembles a crouching lion. This proud lion overlooks the city and Table Bay on one side, and the scenic Atlantic Ocean coastline on the other. On a clear day the views of Table Mountain are spectacular. One has a bird’s eye view of the City Centre and the surrounding beaches. It stands 669m above sea level and can take between 1-2 hours to climb. The somewhat steep walk winds its way around the Head until you reach a collection of staples and chains, there to aid your scramble up the remaining rocky faces to the top. If you’re not feeling like a scramble, one can choose to take the slightly longer path which con¬tinues it’s way up to the summit without chains.
     
Klein Wellkoppie guided mountain hikes   KLEIN LEEWKOPPIE (LITTLE LIONS HEAD)
This is an ideal hike if you seek a proper workout within an hour – outside. The views over Llandudno and Hout Bay are breathtaking. This peak, which separates Hout Bay from Llandudno, got it’s name as a result of it’s very similar shape to that of Lions Head. This is a fairly short hike. There is a small amount of scrambling at the top; each of the scrambles elevating you one to two meters at a time. This walk is definitely worth doing.
     
Devils Peak Hiking Trails   DEVILS PEAK
Devils Peak lies to the northeast of Table Mountain, separated from it by a saddle. The physically challenging path zigzags to the upper contour from where the saddle path ascends to Saddle Rock. The route then continues along a firebreak to the 1,001m-high summit of devils peak, where you will be rewarded with spectacular all-round views of Cape Town. This hike has other variations for the more adventurous at heart. Approximately 4-5 hours.
     
Skeleton Gorge Cape Town Table Mountain Hiking Trails   SKELETON GORGE / NURSERY RAVINE
This route starts at the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The beginning of the hike is in the shade of a densely wooded indigenous forest. It is relatively steep but is well frequented. The route ascends steeply up the ravine and ladders assist hikers in a few steep rocky sections. The forest gradually gives way to local fynbos towards the top and opens up for you to enjoy magnificent views over False Bay, The Constantia valley and The Hottentots Holland Mountain range. The descent is via Nursery Ravine and connects with the contour above Kirstenbosch Gardens and takes us back through the gardens. App 2-3 hours
     
Skeleton Gorge Cape Town Guided Mountain Walks   SKELETON GORGE / MC CLEARS BEACON / PLATTEKLIP
This route is a variation of the latter and is much longer. The initial hike is up Skeleton Gorge(see above), but rather than descending via Nursery Ravine, we make our way to the highest point of Table Mountain. From the top of the gorge, we hike along the eastern flank of Table Mountain to Maclear’s Beacon, the highest point. Enjoy spectacular views over the whole of Table Mountain - all the way to Cape Point. This is a must do route as it offers views in all directions, including the reservoirs on the back table, interesting rock formations and a diversity of vegetation.
     
Kastelspoort Guided Mountain Hikes  

KASTEELSPOORT
This scenic route starts from Camps Bay and ascends on the western - or Twelve Apostles side of Table Mountain. It starts from the Pipe Track above Camps Bay . Admire the majestic 'Apostles' before starting the more serious hike up the gorge. Stop to take in the panorama of the Atlantic Ocean, palm lined beach of Camps Bay, Lion's Head and Robben Island. This path climbs a fairly steep ravine and pops out on the 'back' of Table Mountain, at the site of the original cable car.


Upon reaching the top of the gulley you can turn right to take a closer look at the ruins of the old cable car. It was used in the 1890s to bring building materials up for the construction of the nearby dams.

We now make our way to the Front Table – about 45 minutes away, passing through the Valley of The Red Gods and The Valley of Isolation. Take time to admire the intricate rock formations, pristine fynbos and breathtaking views. We arrive opposite Fountain Peak, between the Central and Western Tables. We are now at the top and have earned well deserved break before catching the cableway down or descending via Platteklip Gorge.

     
Chapmans Peak Hikes Cape Town   CHAPMANS PEAK (HOUT BAY)
Towering nearly 600m above the Atlantic Ocean, with dramatic cliffs dropping down to the sea, Chapmans Peak is one of Cape Town’s most spectacular hikes. Starting at a view point on the infamouse Chapmans Peak Drive, the first 30 minutes involve a fairly steep climb along a ravine, to Chapmans Peak Nek, from here the path rises gently through stands of Proteas, before reaching the summit. The 360 degree views from the top over Hout Bay, Noordhoek & Kommetjie are simply breathtaking. Approximatly 2-3 hours.
     
Franschhoek guided hikes   FRANSCHHOEK TRAILS – (MONT ROCHELLE NATURE RESERVE)
The reserve is situated in part of the UNESCO declared Boland Biosphere Reserve. It offers beautiful hiking trails high in the Franschhoek Pass ranging from short 2 hour walks to day walks. Spectacular fynbos diversity includes proteas, pincushions, ericas, restios and more. From the peaks and observation sites breathtaking views of the reserve and valley below unfold - as far as Table Mountain on a clear day.
 
Franschhoek guided hikes   HERMANUS HIKING TRAILS

Fernkloof nature Reserve

Franschhoek guided hikes

Fernkloof Nature Reserve covers 18 square kilometres in the Kleinrivier Mountains in Hermanus and ranges in altitude from sea level to 842m. The prevailing climate is Mediterranean with cold wet winters and hot dry summers with strong south easterly winds.

The Fernkloof Nature Reserve comprises 0.002% of the Cape Floral Kingdom but contains 18% of its plants in just 18 square kilometres. There is no other place on earth where so many different species can be seen growing in such close proximity.

More than 1250 species of plant have thus far been collected and identified in the Reserve itself. The Reserve lies across almost the entire northern side of the town with a 60 km network of trails. These provide the opportunity for people of all fitness levels to enjoy some exercise and fresh air.

Vogelgat Nature Reserve (Advanced booking required)

Franschhoek guided hikes

Vogelgat Nature Reserve is perfect for the avid hiker and photographer due to its waterfalls and unique vistas, as well as many other beautiful attractions. Situated on the outskirts of Hermanus town (only 120km from Cape Town).

The 600 ha reserve has been beautifully restored, with Fynbos populations growing every year. 35 km of this reserve is allocated to some breath-taking hiking trails, with vistas of Walker Bay and Kleinmond, waterfalls, plunge pools, majestic gorges and awesome Cape Fold Mountains. Over 900 plant species can be found here, with around 17 of them being endangered.

 
Franschhoek guided hikes

Franschhoek guided hikes

Franschhoek guided hikes
  ORANGEKLOOF NATURE RESERVE(A HIDDEN TREASURE OF TABLE MOUNTAIN!)
Orange Kloof is an area at the South end of Table Mountain. This reserve is strictly protected and does not have open access to the public – making this hike an extremely special experience!

The reason for the extra protection given to this beautiful reserve is due to the Afromotane forest found here. It is like pockets of Amazon-like jungle! On the eastern and southern slopes of Table Mountain, this magnificent forest type is found, adding depth of character to the already flamboyant personality of Table Mountain.

Afternoon shade combined with ample rain account for the occurrence of these forests. Spared from the harsh afternoon sun in summer, and drenched by three times more rain than on the northern and western sides (orographic rain). Table Mountain’s southern and eastern slopes offer the ideal conditions for the growth of Afromontane forests.

On Table Mountain, it includes 33 tree species and 17 fern species and a frog species (ghost frog) found nowhere else on the planet, only a few forested ravines on Table Mountain.

Afromotane forest is found throughout South Africa in patches. Water is the limiting factor with these patches occurring mainly below 1000m in kloofs and gullies.

Southern Afromontane Forest tends to grow on soils derived from sandstone and granite which are the dominant rock formations in the south-western Cape It is always a beautiful experience to hike and explore these forests. The protection afforded to these isolated patches of forest are vital to the survival of the diversity of plant species found in South Africa.

The spectacular route to the top is via Disa Gorge – this is where the forest is at its most impressive. About half way up, you also have the opportunity to view the site of the old tunnels (Woodhead & Apostles tunnels) that were built in the 1800’s in order to divert the water to the Pipe track and hence the Molteno reservoir in Cape Town.
 
Franschhoek guided hikes   STELLENBOSCH HIKING TRAILS (JONKERSHOEK NATURE RESERVE)

Sprawling mountains and lush fynbos dominate the landscape in this reserve. This nature reserve is home to the majestic Jonkershoek Mountains and parts of the Jonkershoek valley. The reserve, which includes the smaller Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve, lies near the town of Stellenbosch in the south-western Cape. Visitors may choose to explore one or both reserves, as they are in easy reach of each other. The reserves are about 9km from Stellenbosch.

The rugged Jonkershoek Mountains, which form part of the Boland Mountains, are ideal for hiking enthusiasts. The Eerste, Berg, Lourens and Riviersonderend rivers all start high in these mountains, although only the Eerste River actually flows through the Jonkershoek valley. The area is also rich in animal and plant life, with over 1 100 plant species and a variety of small mammals, birds and reptiles. Hikers should be on the lookout for berg adders, puff adders, boomslang and Cape cobras.

The reserve is about 9 800 hectares, while Assegaaibosch is about 204 hectares. The smaller reserve is home to the historical Assegaaibosch farmstead, a national monument built in 1792, while both reserves are World Heritage Sites.

Jonkershoek is hot in summer, and cold and wet in winter. Visitors in the colder months may even see snow dusting the higher mountain peaks. Hikers should note that weather conditions can change rapidly.
 
Franschhoek guided hikes   CAPE OF GOOD HOPE HIKING TRAILS (VARIOUSE DAY HIKES)

Encompassing 7750 hectares of rich and and varied floor and fauna, abounding with antelope, ostrich, baboons and Cape Mountain Zebra. A bird watchers paradise with up to 250 species of birds. Cape Point is a paradise for day visitors. Beautiful views and an array of short hikes are on offer throughout the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. (These trails can be combined with the Cape Peninsula Full Day Tour and hikes range from 1-4 hours).

Rugged rocks and sheer cliffs towering more than 200 metres above the sea and cutting deep into the ocean, provide a spectacular background for the Park’s rich bio-diversity. Cape Point falls within the southern section of Table Mountain National Park. The natural vegetation of the area, fynbos, comprises the smallest but richest of the world’s six floral kingdoms. The scenic beauty of Cape Point is not its sole allure; it is also an international icon of great historical interest with many a visitor drawn to the area because of its rich maritime history.

CAPE OF GOOD HOPE OVERNIGHT TRAIL

The Cape of Good Hope Trail is a two-day, one-night trail that follows a circular route through the reserve. The trail begins and ends at the Cape Point entrance, where there is secure parking available for your vehicle. Recommended for people with moderate to fit levels of fitness. While it is not particularly technical, the distances covered is significant (33.8km over the two days) The overnight accommodation is in very basic cabins.

 


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