Hike up Devil's Peak

Rate this Adventure South Africa Devil's Peak, Cape Town

Added by John Chau

Not as popular as nearby Table Mountain, but incredible nonetheless, Devil's Peak offers a 360° view from its summit and is a perfect place to snap some swell pictures of Cape Town.

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, follow the path as it turns to the east and head up along the now tree-less slope of Oppelskop Ridge (you'll eventually come to a T-junction with a large rock, called Breakfast Rock, so hang right. At the next T-junction, continue going straight [or slight left]) until you reach the gap. From there, it's a simple scramble to the summit. Overall, this hike isn't too complex, as long you have a Map since there are several other trails that intersect with this one.

If you're lucky, you might see low clouds flying through the gap or you might even spot some of the escaped Himalayan Tahrs that are rumoured to still be hanging out in the area after escaping from the zoo years past. Rock hyraxes, porcupines, caracals, mongoose, and lizards abound, as well as various fynbos and wildflowers.

Note:

The wind up at both the summit and the gap between Oppelskop Ridge and the summit ridge can be extremely powerful. Don't wander too close to the edges, since a quick gust of Atlantic air could push you off.

Also, the actual distance is hard to find online, but this hike is reported as taking approximately 4 hours roundtrip.

Pack List

  • Map
  • Snack
  • Windbreaker or jacket (it gets COLD at the top)
  • A friend to share it with
  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Flashlight
  • First Aid Kit
  • Common Sense
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Share

Activities:

Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

4 Miles

Elev. Gain:

2000 Feet

Features:

Easy Parking
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

Have you done this adventure? Have something to add? You could be the first to leave a review!

Added by John Chau

W-EMT at Whiskeytown, soccer coach, and adventurer - making the most of every opportunity that comes my way. Check out my blog at: theruggedtrail.com and keep on adventuring! If you need a guide or an adventuring partner, shoot me an email at: johnachau@gmail.com!

More Adventures Nearby

Hike the Pipe Track

South Africa / Pipe Track

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.

Trent + Georgie
8 Saves

Paraglide over Knysna

South Africa / Cloud Nine Hill

If driving the Garden Route on South Africa’s southern coast, the city of Knysna is a can’t miss.

Michael Gabbert
5 Saves

Hike Tranquility Cracks via the Pipe Tracks

South Africa / Kasteelpoort

Tranquility Cracks is one of Cape Town's best-kept secrets, despite it being near a main trail and done in under 4 hours.

Joshua Weiss
10 Saves