Cape Town has us spoilt for choice when it comes to amazing hiking trails. There is something for everyone. Whether you want to take a relaxing stroll with your kids, push your limits with a trail run up a mountain, or hike to a picnic spot with a gorgeous view, there is sure to be something to suit your mood.

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We have compiled a list of some of our favorite hiking trails Cape Town has to offer.

But before you head out, here are some basic safety guidelines:

a) Hike with a friend, or better yet, a group. Never hike alone.

b) Pack enough water and food with you, especially on long hikes.

c) Wear sun protection. Sunblock and a cap are essential.

d) Make sure you know the route before heading out. Bring a trail map with you.

e) Wear proper non-slip footwear when hiking up mountains and rocky trails.

f) Choose a trail that suits your fitness level.

g) Pack a torch, with spare batteries and globes, and a basic first aid kit.

h) Pack your essentials in a backpack to keep your hands free.

i) Make sure your cell phone is fully charged and that you have these numbers saved:

-Emergency SAPS:  10111 

-Wilderness Search and Rescue:  021 937 0300

-Emergency Services, Cape Town: 021 480 7700 

-Table Mountain National Park Security: 0861 106 417

-General emergency services number: 10177

Let us know in the comments below what your favorite hiking trail is. Tag us in your hiking pics! Use the hashtag #CapeTownIsAwesome

CAPE TOWN HIKING TRAILS:

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1.SKELETON GORGE

Permit: Entry to Kirstenbosch R65 | Difficulty: Hard | Distance: 6.2km | Dog-friendly: yes

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Rhodes Drive, Newlands

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2.LIONS HEAD

Permit: free | Difficulty: Moderate | Distance: 5-6km | Dog-friendly: yes

Signal Hill RoadCape Town

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3.DEVIL’S PEAK

Permit: free | Difficulty: Moderate – Hard | Distance: +/-4 hours | Dog-friendly: yes

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4. JONKERSHOEK

Permit: R30 | Difficulty: easy | Distance: varies | Dog-friendly: No
Jonkershoek Road, Stellenbosch, 7600

5. NEWLANDS FOREST

Permit: free | Difficulty: moderate | Distance: 2-3 hours | Dog-friendly: yes

Table Mountain (Nature Reserve), Cape Town

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6. CRYSTAL POOLS

Permit: R60 pp | Difficulty: Moderate | Distance: 8Km | Dog-friendly: No

Kogelberg Nature Reserve Trail, Helderberg Rural, Cape Town, 7135

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7. CHAPMAN’S PEAK

Permit: free | Difficulty: moderate – difficult | Distance: 5km | Dog-friendly: yes

Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay, Cape Town

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8. KASTEEL POORT

Permit: free | Difficulty: Moderate | Distance: 3km |

Kasteelspoort, Table Mountain (Nature Reserve), Cape Town

9. TOKAI FOREST

Permit: free | Difficulty: easy | Distance: 2hrs | Dog-friendly: no

Tokai RdTokai, Cape Town

10. OLIFANTSBOS SHIPWRECK TRAIL

Permit: free | Difficulty: easy-moderate | Distance: 3-6.5 km |

Cape Point

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