Hike the Pipe Track

pipe track

One of Cape Town's best-kept secrets, this out-and-back hike offers spectacular views of Table Mountain, Lion's Head, and the Twelve Apostles, as well as some of the city's most pristine beaches.

A favourite sunset walk for many Capetonians, the Pipe Track is a flat, easy out-and-back walk snaking along the contour line of the front side of Table Mountain and the Apostles. 

The Pipe Track trail was built in 1887 to service the pipeline that brought water from the Disa River through the mountain, remnants of which remain along the trail. 

Starting at the parking lot intersection of Kloof Nek Rd and Tafelberg Rd, climb the stone steps to the start of the trail to begin your walk. The first kilometre of the trail is mainly flat, with one short, steep uphill section, about half a kilometre in. After this, the path flattens out with dramatic views of the Twelve Apostles and of the houses of Camps Bay below. Either side of the path are dense thickets of fynbos and protea, large pine trees, and vibrant birdlife. 

The trail continues for up to 6 kilometres, passing various steep routes up Table Mountain which stem from the track. There are many benches and rocks along the way that are perfect for watching the sun sink into the sea over beautiful Camps Bay. Return via the same route when you begin to weary, where you will be treated with spectacular views of Lion's Head.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Good hiking boots
  • Camera
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
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RT Distance 5 Miles
Elevation Gain 164 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildflowers

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One of Cape Town's Best-Kept Secrets

A very fun adventure! This hike offered spectacular views of Table Mountain, Lion's Head, as well as some of the city's most pristine beaches. I particularly liked watching the sunset from the Pipe Track.


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