Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions Relating to Cape Town Hikes
Can I hike Table Mountain alone?
How high is the highest point on Table Mountain?
How long does it take to get to the top of Table Mountain?
Our most popular Full-Day ascent takes about 5 – 6 hours (excluding descent)
Can we ascend by cable-car and hike down Table Mountain?
How long are your hikes?
How do I get to the start of the hike and back ?
For private and specialist hikes we can collect from your hotel within the Cape Town CBD area.
What shall I bring on my hike?
- Comfortable walking shoes/boots for hiking (Hiking boots recommended for multiday routes)
- Comfortable loose fitting clothes
- A warm fleece &/ softshell. The Cape Town weather is known to change very rapidly.
- Rain protection – particularly between June & October.
- A hat
- We will provide water, but please recycle the plastic bottles.
- Day-pack (minimum 18 litres for multiday routes)
- Trekking pole(s) – optional if you normally use them.
- Lip Balm
- Prescription drugs (if required)
- Camera (spare batteries/charger for multi-day routes)
- Binoculars – optional for birds, wildlife at Cape of Good Hope and possibly whales in Hermanus
Do you provide food?
On our full day and multi day hikes we provide wholesome healthy packed lunches (which have become somewhat legendary!). Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.
We provide bottled water on our one-day hikes – please recycle the bottles.
On our multi-day hikes we expect guests to bring their own water bottles.
How can I pay?
Alternatively you can pay us with a wire transfer or using PAYPAL.
If for some reason this does not work in your case, please talk to us and we will arrange an alternative.
Should I book in advance?
What if I cancel?
For private or specialist hikes, we will refund you 50% provided you cancel within 24 hours of the hike.
What about the weather on Table Mountain?
Cape Town has a “Mediterranean weather pattern” meaning that the rains fall in our winter – mostly between June and August. Our summers are hot, dry and can be windy – especially the months of November to February.
The months of April, May and September, October tend to have very little rain, less wind and comfortable temperatures.
Aren’t there security concerns for hikers on Table Mountain?
Sun exposure, dehydration, cold weather and losing your way are the greater dangers on Table Mountain.
How fit do I need to be?
Are there family-friendly routes?
Can we do a private hike?
What time will the hike start?
If you have booked a private hike and want to get started earlier because you have plans for later in the day or because you want to beat the heat, we can arrange an earlier start.
Will we see wildlife?
On Table Mountain we regularly see Orange Breasted Sunbirds, Red Winged Starlings, Pied Crows, Rock Kestrels and sometimes Peregrine Falcons and Black Eagles. In terms of mammals we almost always see Rock Hyrax. We sometimes see Small Grey Mongoose and it is possible to see Klipspringer and the non-native Himalayan Tahr.
When walking at Cape Point the variety is considerably greater, with a much greater variety of birds, mammals and reptiles present.
What overnight accommodation is available?
If however you are doing a multi-day hike with us and would prefer to stay in an overnight hut, please do let us know.
Can I still hike up Table Mountain if I am afraid of heights?
On Table Mountain we have guided many people who experience a fear of heights and a tiny minority of these have even noticed the height during the ascent. However if you do have a fear of heights, please advise us or our guides and we will help you choose a suitable route and will reassure you en route.
What are the most popular routes up Table Mountain?
What will you do in the case of an emergency?
Our office knows the route being taken by our guests and our guide and the approximate time to expect them back and this is monitored.
All of our mountains are serviced by a highly professional Wilderness Search & Rescue Team and Table Mountain also benefits from the services of a volunteer rescue team which work in conjunction with the Metro Rescue Services.