The route varies throughout when it comes to difficulty and terrain. It’s is relatively steep, but mixed with some level sections so it is not a constant slump to the top, a relatively good fitness level is required.
The route starts off northern slopes of Table Mountain also known as the Front Table. On these northern slopes we hike through India Ravine discovering varieties of Table Mountain’s unique fynbos and some fascinating rock formations along the way. There are some fantastic view points along this route and we’ll be sure to take some time out to make the most of them looking back over the City of Cape Town, Devils Peak, Lions Head and Table Bay.
India Venster brings a thrill and excitement and is not your average hike, along the route there are scrambles up rock faces either by using the grooves in the rocks or by staples that have been installed to aid hikers. I like to describe the scramble as exciting and relatively easy, but it can be fairly challenging for some. If you are scared heights and being a little on the edge you may want to consult with a guide to find out if this hiking route is for you.
Once we cross over to the western slopes the route gets a little easier and you’ll be blown away with views over the 12 Apostles and Atlantic coast as we hike below massive sandstone cliffs to the summit. From the summit we take a short walk to the Upper cable car station and catch a ride down.
Hiking both the northern and western slopes show you the best of both worlds and great way to see what Table Mountain is all about.
Best Time to hike
Starting this hike early in the morning is the most recommend time to go especially in the hotter summer months, the route is exposed to direct sunlight and quickly heats up in the late mornings and afternoons.
Meeting and Parking:
Meet at the lower cable car station, it is situated on Tafelberg road and there is parking along the road.
Tafelberg Rd, Table Mountain (Nature Reserve), Cape Town, 8001, South AfricaBook now!