Hike up, Cable car ride down.
This hiking route takes us up the 12 Apostles and summits on Table Mountain. Kasteelspoort is found on the western slopes of Table Mountain range and often described as the most popular and enjoyable accent up the Twelve Apostles.
Kasteelspoort is steep, but it is not as steep and direct as most the northern and eastern routes and doesn’t feel like a constant slump – that is what I like best about this hike. The route has very little exposure to heights or edges and has a rocky stair like terrain. A relatively good fitness level is required for the ascent and we will be met by a more level terrain at the top, before we head to the summit where a few ladders will help us along the way.
This Table Mountain hiking route is a great way to get away from the crowds especially in the busy summer months.
The route starts off at the Pipe Track entrance in Camps Bay, the Pipe Track is a good warm up before we ascend to the summit. This is a truly beautiful Table Mountain hike with loads to offer. As we accent through the fynbos filled ravine we pass impressive rock formations and exquisite cliffs, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean.
Just past the half way mark, you’ll run into ‘the flat rock’ a good resting point and even better lookout spot. We take a timeout here to recharge and soak in the beauty, it’s one of the most spectacular view points on Table Mountain and looks across the mountain over Camps Bay and Loins Head.
Once at top, the cliffs to the right face over Kasteelspoort and across the Atlantic coast, another spectacular viewing point and great photo location. Here you will find the remains of an old steam engine cable car, assembled in 1890’s. The old cable car ruins make a very scenic location and ideal picnic spot.
We then head through the spectacular landscapes of the Back Table, through the Valley of Red Gods, into the Valley of Isolation to the Upper cable car station, here we will enjoy the panoramic 360 degree views of Cape Town before we take a ride back down.
Best Time to hike
This route is shaded in the mornings and receives direct sunlight throughout the day so hiking early in the morning is the time of choice over the hot summer months.
Meeting and Parking:
We will meet at the Pipe Track entrance in Theresa Ave, Camp Bay. There is parking all along the road, but remember that we will finish the hike at the lower cable car station.
Theresa Avenue, Camps Bay, Cape Town, 8005, South AfricaBook now!