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What to Wear
- Generally, in summer you will wear no more than a T-shirt. However, there are days you might need to wear a light Jacket or a warm top. Always bring something warm even on summer days, just in case, as weather can quickly change and it can get cold and windy at the top of the mountain. Even if the forecast is good.
- Shorts are preferred in summer, but loose-fitting pants are also fine. It’s always best to wear something light. Jeans are not recommended for hiking.
- Hiking shoes or boots are best, but if you are traveling you can get away with wearing trainers. Don’t wear flip-flops or crocs even if they are fitted with a strap.
- In winter you may see the weather changing in seconds, therefore ALWAYS be prepared for the worse so you don’t get caught out. Remember the higher you go the colder it will get. Waterproof Jackets and a fleece top are recommended. Always try to wear layers as you can adjust to the temperature and it gives you more options.
- Long loose trousers or shorts can be worn in winter, waterproof ones are always best. Gloves and a hat can be used but most of the time you will get away without them.
What to bring
- Sunscreen is a must in summer. Factor +30 is recommended. You should apply this before the hike and bring some along with you as well for during the hike.
- Caps are great to block out the sun and sunglasses are a great option too. Although they can start to steam up when we get going, so bring a case along. A backpack is a bonus, but it is not essential. You can carry water in your hand and tie spare clothing around your waste. Although, a backpack will be more comfortable, for storing water and spare clothing.
- Water is a must, do not hike without it. We recommend a 1 – 1.5 liters of water per person, remember the more you take the heavier it makes you – so don’t go overboard. Snacks are optional and route depending, recommended on longer full-day hikes, while not too necessary on half-day hikes.
- There are a shop and restaurant at the top and many routes will lead you there at the end. Credit/debit cards can be used there. You may bring your phone, there is a reception in only some areas, and Table Mountain has a free Wi-Fi area near the cable car station if needed
- Cameras – of course, you don’t want to miss out on taking pictures along the way.