Welcome to Hiking Cape Town! This site came into being as a space where people who want to hike in Cape Town and the surrounding areas can get more information about the various hiking trails available, as well as to be able to leave comments about their hiking experiences and to post pictures. Please register as a member of this site if you wish to comment or post articles about your favourite hikes in and around Cape Town. All contributors are welcome, whether you are experienced or not.
When writing about your favourite hikes, please give each hike a grading reference with regards to fitness levels (see below). Also tell us something about the hike’s technical difficulty, and whether there are things to watch / look out for (ledges / wildlife / caves / loose rocks/ etc). Is the hike child friendly and dog friendly? What is the best time of day to do the hike (early morning or early afternoon?)? Is there scrambling involved? How are the views? Is it a popular hike or a hidden gem? How do you get there? Does one need ropes? Can one stay overnight / camp out?
Fitness levels on a scale of 1 to 4:
- 1 = Easy, walking fit people, able to walk up to three hours
- 2 = moderate, hiking fit people, able to walk up to 5 hours
- 3 = tough, need to be very fit and able to walk 8 or more hours per day
- 4 = difficult. you need to be really fit and able to carry at least 10KG of gear and walk for at least 8 hours a day
- A = relatively flat walk (i.e. you can see the top of each hill and the bottom of each valley)
- B = some altitude changes (i.e. more than 400M vertical differences) but walking on a path
- C = heavy altitude changes > 400M vertical differences, and/or some scrambling or mild climbing
- D = moderate to severe scrambling and/or climbing, and/or risk factors such as narrow ledges with steep drop off areas. Not for the faint hearted