With a fair number of mountainous structures in the Mother City, it should come as no surprise that there is a plethora of hikes with stunning views to enjoy. If you’re a newbie, don’t fret! We’ve put together a list of our top 10 favourite hikes in Cape Town that are easy enough for a first-timer! We must warn you though! The Rockwell Hotel cannot be held responsible for strong desires to move to Cape Town and bask in all of the beautiful scenery that it has to offer! Gorgeous views and fresh air to be taken at your own risk.
1. Elephant’s Eye Cave, Silvermine:
This hike, named after the shape of the mountain, is slightly taxing, but it is still classified as not difficult and can be enjoyed by the entire family. Park near the reservoir and simply follow the signs up the mountain. The best part? You can enjoy a braai and a swim at the reservoir once you’re done!
Time: 2.5 hours to get to the cave and back to the reservoir
Conservation Fee: Adults R25, Children R10 & FREE for Wild Card holders.
2. Pipe Track, Kloof Nek:
This effortless hike follows a path between Kloof Nek and Kasteelspoort, adjacent to Table Mountain. This trail follows the pipeline build in 1887 that transported water from the Table Mountain dams to the filtration plant. A stroll along this path will give you stunning views of Camps Bay and Lion’s Head.
Time: 1-3 hours
3. Constantia Nek to Kirstenbosch:
To enjoy this beauty, you must first park at Constantia Nek and then head along the contour path all the way to Kirstenbosch. You will need to either leave a car at either end, or walk the path both ways. This route is mostly easy; however you will encounter a few climbs and wooden steps.
Time: 2 hours
4. Cecilia Waterfall Hike:
The hike starts and ends at Cecilia Forest just off of Rhodes Drive. Follow the jeep track through the forest and onto the path. Once you reach the outer limits of Kirstenbosch, follow signs to Cecilia Ravine. If you are a seasoned hiker, you can start this hike from Kirstenbosch. This route is not recommended for beginners as it is quite rough with a lot of steps to conquer.
Time: 3 hours
5. Lion’s Head:
While this hike is relatively short, it has a significantly steep climb. Additionally, the last 20 metres involve rock climbing. Because of this, we would not recommend this as a family outing with small children. But, don’t worry, there are plenty of spots to stop the catch your breath and take a sip of water along the way.
Time: 1 hour; Best early morning before the sun gets too warm or right before sunset
6. Little Lion’s Head:
This hike is short but quite strenuous. Start at Mount Rhodes Drive in Hout Bay and end at Leewkoppie, which separates Hout Bay from Llandudno.
Time: Under an hour to get to the top
7. Lighthouse Keeper’s Trail:
If you’re heading to Cape Point for the day, there is a short trail running below the lighthouse which will take you to the new lighthouse. Simply follow signs to Cape of Good Hope.
Time: 1 hour
8. Woodstock Cave:
This large cave above Salt River and Woodstock is located halfway up Devil’s Peak. There are two routes to choose from: one via Tafelberg Road and one via Rhodes Memorial.
Time: 2.5 hours to the top and back
9. Boomslang Cave:
This cave is located above Kalk Bay and is not too difficult to access making it a great option if you are bringing the kiddies along! Above Kalk Bay station on Boyes Drive, you will find a sign for Echo Valley. Hike up these steps & follow the sings to Boomsland Cave.
Time: 2 hours
10. Platteklip Gorge:
This hike begins about 1.6km to the left of the Table Mountain cable car station on Tafelberg Road. There are plenty of signs the whole way up so if you follow them, you are good to go! This is the most difficult of the bunch, but the view from the top is definitely worth the climb!
Time: 3-4 hours
Fee: FREE unless you take the cable car back down for R150 per adult