Frequently Asked Questions
We are aware that there are probably a million and one things you would like to know and prepare for before getting ready to hike up Table Mountain. We have put together a list of frequently asked questions to help you plan your Table Mountain hike.
It varies, route depending. I like to use a 3 hour average to hike up Table Mountain, then times vary exploring the top and getting back down. This is of course route and fitness depending.
Platteklip Gorge is the most direct and quickest hiking route up Table Mountain. It takes +/- 2 hours to complete this hike up and 1 hour to get down depending on fitness levels and roughly covers a distance of 3km
Yes resting is a must when hiking Table Mountain, rest breaks are allocated at beautiful lookout spots along the way.
We will do our best to accommodate you around the weather, we monitor weather forecasts and we will alter any hike experience accordingly.
At least a moderate fitness level is required to summit Table Mountain, although there are many exciting alternative routes on Table Mountain that accommodate any fitness level, there is most definitely something for everybody.
There are many magical routes on Table Mountain, there is something for everyone.
A guide will liaise with you and pair you with a hike according to you expectations, experience and fitness levels.
Our guides are trained to assist you in various situations, from changing climates to a struggling hiker.
Check and access the weather reports in advance, this may result in changes to routes and times.
Extensive knowledge and experience provides you with a safer and more fulfilling experience on Table Mountain
Years on the mountain will introduce you to the most enjoyable routes and beautiful lookout spots Table Mountain has to offer.
Although table mountain is hiked by many without a guide, these hikers are usually locals, with great experience and an understanding Table Mountain’s environmental hazards.
The best time to start a hike up Table Mountain is before 7am. Nothing beats a hike up Table Mountain at early hours of the morning. Hiking in the early mornings beats the heat later in the day during Cape Towns hot summer months and provide peace and tranquility during the hike.
Table Mountain can be hiked at anytime of the day and different routes do accommodate hiking at various times, but best to plan your route and hike time carefully. During Cape Town winters the mountain is a lot cooler and at times it may be better to hike later in the day at warmer temperature.
At our designated meeting spots, they are clearly marked and easy to find.
Of course, all guides are registered at the department of Economic development and tourism and are train under the Cathsette regulation as accredited mountaineering guides.
It is your hike, our hikes can be tailor made to suit our clients, what ever they choose. We can re-route or end the hike if you wish.
Yes there are certain requirement to guide large groups up Table Mountain and we can organize group hikes of any sizes – leave it to us.
Sure you can, you may eat snacks on the hike if you wish, Table Mountain’s restaurant on the top offers a wide variety of food and drinks and there is certainly something there for everybody.
1.5 liters of water is recommended, bringing more never hurts although too much will add weight to your hike.
Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, camera.
Good hiking shoes / solid trainers
Comfortable loose fitting clothing.
Summer hiking involves shorts and t-shirt hiking, although it is always advised to carry a warm layer in case the climate changes.
Winter hiking will be a different story, bring a water proof jacket and wear layers and adjust accordingly during the hike . A fleece is a great way to keep warm in winter hiking. Loose comfortable trousers are recommend although winter hiking in shorts is also common. Feel free to bring gloves hat.
Yes booking in advance is definitely recommended.
We plan the best possible hike according to the weather, alternate routes compliment different weather conditions. Weather forecast will help us to plan and we liaise with clients before hand so we shouldn’t have this problem. The cable car doesn’t run in high speed winds so we basically use this as a general rule, if it doesn’t run we don’t go up.