Kasteelspoort to Table Mountain

 

The trail starts with a 45 minute warm up walk along the relatively flat Pipe Track, before the steep ascent up Kasteelspoort, taking about an hour to the top of the gorge, on the Back Table of the Mountain. From here there are various routes to the flat Western Table at the top of the Mountain, where the Upper Cable Station is located. The ridges and valleys are spectacular whichever route is chosen. Some of the paths are well defined and clear, while other lesser known paths can be slightly overgrown and vague. Guides are familiar with all options.

Trail Details

Trail location

Table Mountain

Nearest city

Cape Town – city area

Transport options

Taxi cab; e-hailing; self-drive; collection by arrangement

Trip Duration / Options

Option 1: Approximately 5 hours – circular route along the Pipe Trail, up the Kasteelspoort to Upper Cable Station.

Option 2: Approximately 7 hours – as above with more time exploring various Back Table paths

Start / Finish

Start: Kloof Nek Rd parking – GPS: 33˚94'22.05 S / 18˚39'51.14 E – Trail starts along the Pipe Track

Alternative start: Theresa Ave, Camps Bay – GPS: 33˚96'29.06 S / 18˚38'42.527 E

Finish: Tafelberg Rd – at Lower Cable Station – GPS: 33˚95'11.06 S / 18˚40'28.52 E

Time / Distances

Option 1: Approximately 9 km. 5 hours

Option 2: Approximately 15km. 7 hours

Trail Grading

Strenuous. Starting with even contour path followed by steep path up and a variety of ridges and valleys at higher level. Uneven, rocky underfoot and natural rock steps. Slight exposure in places.

Physical Fitness

A good degree of  hiking fitness required and ability to cope with steep, on path ascents and descents.

Technical detail / Terrain

On path, steep terrain, no technical exposure, limited easy scrambling

Mountain terrain with short steep sections both up and down. Generally a well defined natural rock path with a few indistinct section. Loose stones and uneven surfaces underfoot in places. Short pitches that require the use of fixed metal ladders. Good grip footwear important.

Food Supply / Catering

Bring your own snacks & water. Lunch packs provided by arrangement. Restaurant for coffee light meals at the cable station (provided the Cableway is operational).

Logistic support / Guiding

The trail is guided by a fully trained, accredited mountain guide.

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Highlights

Views over the Atlantic Coast' Cape Peninsula and City of Cape Town (weather permitting). Abundance of diverse flora, rock formations and scenic cliffs and valleys

Other Activities

Cableway ride from Table Mountain (not included in cost).

Fauna & Flora

The core of the 'fynbos' biome and part of the Cape Floristic Region World Heritage Site. Mostly nocturnal and shy small animals, occasional small antelope and rock hyrax. Lizards and agamas with a scattering of birdlife.

Climate

Cape Town and Table Mountain are located in a Mediterranean climate with winter rainfall. Summer can be hot (up to 35 degrees). Spring and Autumn are moderate and the best hiking season although good winter days can be quite warm and summer temperatures are seldom high for long periods. Hiking is possible all year round.

Seasonality & Best Time Year

Spring and Autumn are moderate and the best hiking season although good winter days can be quite warm and summer temperatures are seldom high for long periods. Hiking is possible all year round.

Group Size

1 to 6 hikers per guide

Price P/P

From R2070 for 2 hikers, person rates lower for larger groups

Price review date: 1 November annually

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Price Includes

Registered, experienced Mountain Guide

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