The Ultimate Guide To Cape Town’s Hiking Trails

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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