Cape Town is a city where we surrounded by mountains and the most beautiful landmarks in South Africa. Most of Cape Townians love outdoor activities as hiking, running or mountain biking and can enjoy a wide selection of hiking and walking trails to discover and enjoy all over the city.
Before you head out for a hike, run or walk make sure you are prepare to stay safe.
Top 5 Hiking Safety Tips
#1 Check the weather and be prepared for bad weather, as this can change very quickly in Cape Town.
#2 Let your closest circle know, that you are going on a hike. Use Safety Apps like Never Go Alone to stay safer. Invite your Emergency Contacts to follow your journey via GPS tracking with the Journey feature. In case of an emergency you can get help from the closest Armed Response vehicle.
#3 Wear good footwear, comfortable clothing and carry sunblock, a hat and a jacket with you.
# 4 Watch the time! Turn back in case the route is taking longer than expected, or it is getting dark.
#5 Never hike, walk or run alone. Join group runs, as offered by Catch Me If You Can, or your local running group. They are also plenty of organised hike and trail running events.
Best Hiking Trails in Cape Town
#1 Lion’s Head
This is a top spot for Instagrammers – this magnificent distinct slope next to Table Mountain. You can hike up the top in less than one hour and enjoy beautiful views of the city, Atlantic Ocean and Table Bay.
#2 Chapman’s Peak
Enjoy a beautiful drive along the popular Chapman’s Peak and visit Hout Bay or Noordhoek. The trail is relative short distance, child-friendly and will take you about 1 – 2 hours. You will need to get a day pass to access the hiking trail.
#3 Silvermine Nature Reserve
Enjoy a great hike toward the Elephant’s Eye, which is a large cave in the Silvermine Nature Reserve. Besides breathtaking views, you can also enjoy a swim in the Silvermine lake or plan a great picnic or braai with your friends.
#4 Skeleton Gorge
This is 2 – 4 hour hike (depends on your fitness level) that takes you from the one side of Table Mountain to the other. If you start off your hike at Kirstenbosch Garden you arrive at the steep ascent of Skeleton Gorge where indigenous trees provide shade. Enjoy panoramic vies of the city before arriving at the highest point on Table Mountain, Maclear’s Beacon.
#5 Platteklip Gorge (Table Mountain)
This is probably the most well-known hiking trail in Cape Town as this will get you to the top of Table Mountain (without taking the cable car!). Please note, this hike take 3 hours and there is a lot of upward walking. Please check weather conditions and avoid on a hot day, as there is little shade to be found along the trail. Prepare for all types of weather, and bring sunblock, a hat and long top. If you plan to take the cable car down, make sure you reach the station before the last cable car leaves.