Cape Town is best known, not for it’s skyline, but for it’s mountain line. The iconic row of Lion’s Head, Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak adorn almost all touristy knickknacks on offer, but are just a small glimpse at the mountainous spine of the Cape Peninsula. This series of impressive hills make up the Table Mountain National Park, a vast expanse of land running north-south from Signal Hill to Cape Point. The park also hosts an impressive collection of rare and endemic plant life which make for a national park like no where else.
Table Mountain National Park
This park is a hiker’s dream with trails criss-crossing the length of the peninsula. The most popular section is Table Mountain, featuring Signal Hill, Devil’s Peak, Lion’s Head and Table Mountain proper. Situated along the main pass over the spine is the Silvermine-Tokai section with hikes to lakes and Elephant’s Eye. Lastly, the Cape Point section with Boulder’s Beach and it’s penguins and finishing with the Cape of Good Hope.
The hikes throughout the park are FREE making them an affordable, eco-friendly way to explore the Cape Town surrounds and coastline. Why take my word for it though, when a picture speaks a thousand. Scroll on for a glimpse at what’s on offer for hikers visiting Cape Town.
From the top
Local’s tip; at the right time of year, you can see the moon rise over the city just after the sun sets over the Atlantic. A quick google will give you the times and directions.
Good for the mind and body
Regardless of where you hike, Table Mountain National Park will leave you breathless – pun intended!
A few tips to ensure your hiking trip remains eco-friendly;
- Remember to carry enough water and snacks
- Please do not feed the wildlife, regardless of how cute they are.
- Rubbish bins are available at the top of Table Mountain itself, but it is best to carry all waste out with you.
- Lastly; take only photos, leave only footprints.
The Footprint Scale
1/5 Footprints for Hiking in Cape Town
With hiking trails well established and the surrounding environment covered by a National Park, it doesn’t get any better than hiking here. The area is prone to bush fires though, so smokers, please bin those butts!