Rates & Routes

Lion’s Head Sunrise/Sunset: R1150 per person

Lion’s Head is one of the most popular hikes in Cape Town, a spiral route that involves some basic scrambling, a few ladders and spectacular 360-degree views as you make your way around and up the Lion.

Time: About 3 hours. (This is an up-and-down route.)
Fitness required: Moderate

India Venster: R1350 per person

(Discount for larger groups)

India Venster is an adventurous and fun route up Table Mountain. Following the line of cable car wires, it offers spectacular views, some fun scrambling, a good workout and a fantastic sense of accomplishment at the finish.

Time: 2 ½ – 3 ½  hours.
Fitness required: Moderate – but it is mostly uphill.

Platteklip Gorge: R1350 pp

(Discount for larger groups)

The original route up Table Mountain, Platteklip Gorge is a well-walked route that zig-zags its way up to the top of the table. A solid workout with great views and no exposure to heights.

Time: 2  – 3  hours to the top.
Fitness required: Moderate

Back Table Meander: R1650 per person

Explore the Atlantic side of Table Mountain. Pipe Track, Tranquillity Cracks, The Diving Board and Kasteelspoort.

Time: About 5 hours. (Circular route)
Fitness required: Decent

Skeleton Gorge to upper Cable Car station R1650

Starting at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, we head up the beautiful canopy that covers most of the gorge. Once on top, we visit Skeleton Beach, the Backwater streams, before making our way up to Maclears Beacon, the highest point on Table Mountain.

Time: 4-5 hours.
Fitness required: Decent

Hiking Safety

  1. Plan your hike according to your fitness and ability
  2. Tell someone your proposed route
  3. Always take warm gear in case
  4. Take more water than you will need
  5. Take a fully charged cell phone, and power bank if you have one
  6. Don’t hike alone
  7. Put the rescue number in your phone. WSAR 021 937 0300
  8. Take a torch
  9. Check the weather beforehand and be prepared for all sorts.
  10. If in doubt hire a guide.
Hike Table Mountain with an experienced guide
  • 25 years experience
  • Cape Town local
  • Learn about the fauna & flora
  • Discover the history of one of the oldest mountains in the world
  • Only moderate fitness required
Who we are

Take a Hike is a Cape Town-based operator offering guided mountain hikes on Lion’s Head, Table Mountain and the Cape Peninsula. Born & bred Capetonian, Barry Washkansky, is a highly experienced mountain guide and trail runner. He grew up on the slopes of Table Mountain and loves nothing more than showing off his beautiful backyard to people from around the world.


You need to be in good health and able to hike for 3-4 hours, with lots of stops along the way. Desire is more important than fitness, but we have shorter walks for those that don’t want to hike to the top of Table Mountain. Enquire about our Lion’s Head sunset walks here.

We take a maximum of 10 per group, any more and an extra guide will accompany you. If you want to do something different, you are welcome do a private hike; we will tailor a hike to suit your needs.

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just poor gear.”

Cape Town is known for its unpredictable weather. It may rain on one side of the mountain, while others sunbathe on the beach on the other. The best solution is to always be prepared for bad weather no matter how hot it is on the ground. Table Mountain has its own weather system. If the weather is exceptionally bad, we might not hike. But that depends on you. Some like it wild.

  • Comfortable shoes.
    You don’t need the latest in hiking boots, just some comfortable walking shoes that can handle 3-4 hours of hiking.
  • Water
    Bring a minimum of 2 litres of water per person. If more is required, we‘ll let you know.
  • Warm clothes
    A warm outer layer and rain proof jacket (Not always required for Lion’s Head). The weather on Table Mountain can change very fast. Be prepared and you will be just fine.
  • Snacks, sunscreen, sun hat
  • Every hiker should bring a comfortable backpack to carry all your essentials.

Please note: Times will change according to the season.

April – June

  • Daily Table Mountain hike: Start 9am.
  • Daily sunset hike on Lion’s Head.Start: 3.30pm
  • Private hike: Will confirm times according to the proposed route

Email  [email protected]

WhatsApp: + 27 83 953 3056

Sandi & Eric
New York

We loved doing a 1/2 day hike up Table Mountain’s India Venster trail, which was wonderful, challenging and gorgeous.


Our mountain guide, a Cape Town local, knew the mountain like no other. We loved our hiking trip so much that we did it again. We went up a couple of different routes that were both challenging and great fun.

We had a terrific day hike to the top of Table Mountain. From the tuk-tuk ride to a beautiful back route to great knowledge and lots of interesting conversation, we loved it all. Great day out on Table Mountain.

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