The Table Mountain National Park offers one of South Africa’s most lively scenery and it is the most popular hiking spot in the country.
There are over 350 trails that lead to the top for all types of hikers, from casual strollers to the more experienced ones.
The easier trails include the Constantiaberg, the Silvermine or the Cape of Good Hope while the more difficult trails are the Platteklip Gorge, Nursery Ravine or Skeleton Gorge.
Hiking the Table Mountain National Park is mostly free with the exception of some areas where conservation fees are to be paid like the Kirstenbosch Garden, Cape Point or Boulders.
Its close proximity to the city makes many people feel safe in the park, but it should be kept in mind that the area is wild nonetheless and climbing it can be especially dangerous. Plenty hiking trails commence from the Camps Bay.
The national park is very well marked but if you are inexperienced you may want to hike with a group.
Free walking guides
There are enthusiastic volunteers who offer free guided walks the second Sunday of each month. The meeting point is inside the main gate.
In order to participate at the walking guides, hikers must wear strong boots. They must also have a hat, sunscreen, water, rain coat and a snack.
A wild card must be obtained from the Tokai Tourism Sales Office (+27 021 712 7471)(closed daily from 12:30 – 13:00).
There is no payment for the walk. Enquiries at John 021 782 2379; Ian 021 782 8552