The Best Hiking in Cape Town

Looking for the best hiking in Cape Town? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Cape Town. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near Cape Town

  • Cape Town, South Africa

    Table Mountain's India Venster Route

    1.6 mi / 2198.2 ft gain
    Starting about 50 m to the right of the lower cable car station of Table Mountain National Park, this 2.5 km point-to-point hike begins its 670 m elevation gain with a thigh-crushing ascent up a steep trail. Follow the trail about 15 to 20 minutes up to the contour path. Here you will see a green...
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  • Cape Town, South Africa

    Hike up Devil's Peak

    4.0
    4 mi / 2000 ft gain
    Starting from the parking lot on Tafelberg Road, simply head south from the trailhead and follow the path as it meanders up multiple switchbacks. Stay on the main path at the 4-way junction and continue going straight up through the pine gully and eventually you'll reach the saddle. From here, fo...
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  • Cape Town, South Africa

    Hike Table Mountain via Platteklip Gorge Trail

    4 mi / 2300 ft gain
    Platteklip Gorge is the shortest route to hike to the summit of Table Mountain. It’s the most direct because the only direction the route takes you is up! The trail begins on Tafelberg Road just past the cableway station at 1,180 ft (360 m). From the get go the trail is steep and if you can imagi...
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  • Cape Town, South Africa

    Table Mountain, Cape Town

    5.0
    1.9 mi / 2300 ft gain
    After parking at the lot near the Platteklip Gorge trailhead, start hiking south up the path. It soon will become extremely steep with large slabs of rock acting as some sort of giant stairs that us peons must crawl over until we eventually reach the summit. If you have long legs and are taller t...
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  • Cape Town, South Africa

    Hike to Wally's Cave on Lion's Head

    5.0
    2.5 mi
    At the bottom (not really the bottom, but the parking on the way to Signal Hill) you take the jeep track until you reach the paragliders launch point. There you will see a tiny little stairway path heading up to the right.Follow this path up until you see a massive rock, pass it and take the path...
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  • Cape Town, South Africa

    Hike Tranquility Cracks via the Pipe Tracks

    5.0
    5.6 mi / 1837.3 ft gain
    Tranquility Cracks is one of Cape Town's best-kept secrets, despite it being near a main trail and done in under 4 hours. Essentially the Cracks are a series of passageways and narrow slits and fractures in the sandstone, most of which are wide enough to wriggle through. From atop, the Cracks are...
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  • Cape Town, South Africa

    Hike to the top of Chapman's Peak

    1.5 mi / 1252 ft gain
    Starting from the trailhead on Chapman's Peak Drive (one of the most scenic drives in the world), simply follow the trail up as it gradually climbs up east toward a 4-junction. Take that first right at the junction and follow it as it heads south and then turns southwest. Stay on the trail as it ...
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  • Cape Town, South Africa

    Explore Noordhoek Beach

    5.0
    5 mi
    The northernmost part of Noordhoek Beach that touches the jagged rocks of Chapman's Peak is the more scenic place to start exploring (see map location for directions to the north parking lot). Otherwise, one can park down at one of the beach-access culd-de-sacs in Kommetjie and walk from south-to...
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  • Cape Town, South Africa

    Visit the Slangkop Lighthouse

    0.5 mi / 35 ft gain
    After parking in the dirt parking lot, you can simply walk over to the lighthouse (if it's open) and talk to the kind staff there who might let you in for a peek (or a small fee).Otherwise, you can be content with walking around it and taking some photos as you head down the boardwalk trail nearb...
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  • Stellenbosch, South Africa

    Backpack and Camp on Stellenbosch Mountain

    8.7 mi / 2788.7 ft gain
    Start from from the parking area at the Danie Craven Stadium and follow road along the river up to the trailhead. It is a 2km walk to the trailhead which sits at about 200 meters of elevation. Follow the Stellenbosch Mountain Hiking Trail path for approximately 5 kilometers through the rocky land...
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  • Cape Town, South Africa

    Hike to Diaz Beach

    0.5 mi / -450 ft gain
    After parking at the Cape Point parking lot, simply take the small unpaved path that leads south towards the ocean. Head down the gravel steps and follow it as it bears west (right) along a wooden boardwalk. Stay on the boardwalk until it ends at several rocky slabs. Cross the slabs and you shoul...
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