Day Walks: Above the City of Cape Town

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The views are spectacular or the city of Cape Town when ascending one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature – Table Mountain.

  • I offer several options in terms of difficulty and duration. Trips last anything between 3 hours to a full day hiking depending on the route.
  • I offer all tours with an optional complimentary pick up in the city, beverage and meal Peak Pairing and additional activities for the afternoons. Please discuss when making an enquiry.
  • Prices include permit fees, guide fees and entrance fees but exclude Cableway fees for the way down.
  • I generally plan to take the Cableway down (weather permitting). If you prefer to walk down then please let me know and I can make the appropriate route recommendations.

Here are the most popular requests:

Platteklip Gorge (2-4 hours)

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A happy client about to reach the top of Platteklip Gorge!

The easiest path up the front of Table Mountain. The Gorge splits the front face into two (more or less) equal parts: Left Face and Right Face.
The ascent is steep but not overly difficult. From the Lower Cableway Station it is a short warm up to the Contour Path which traverses the lower slopes of Table Mountain.
We follow the Contour Path for a short distance before our route turns up hill. The zig-zags start and we head up the same gorge that Antonio de Saldanha climbed in 1503.

Cost: R 850 per person (minimum 2 pax), 1 pax R 1250, Contact me for a group rate.

What to Bring: walking shoes, warm jacket, windbreaker or rain jacket (depending on weather forecast), 1,5l of water and snacks (I can provide these upon request), sun hat, sun screen.

Book here: info@leorust.com or +27 (0)72 285 9563

India Venster (3-5 hours)

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The ‘Venster’ offers great views.

This route involves some rock steps and follows the direct line under the Cable Way lines. After an initial steep warm up you will experience spectacular views. The route is not overly technical but does involve some rock scrambling via metal steps and short sections of chain and exposure to heights. Originally called Venster India but the latter name seemed to stick.

Cost: R 850 per person (minimum 2 pax), 1 pax R 1250, Contact me for a group rate.

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What to Bring: walking shoes, warm jacket, windbreaker or rain jacket (depending on weather forecast), 1,5l of water and snacks (I can provide these upon request), sun hat, sun screen.

Book here: info@leorust.com or +27 (0)72 285 9563

 

 

 

Lion’s Head Circular Route (3-4 hours)

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At 669m this freestanding summit offers spectacular 360 degree views of our city, Table Mountain and prestigious suburbs below. The route involves some rock scrambling sections which are completed by two ladders and a chain. Make this a sun rise or sunset option for an unforgettable experience.

Cost: R 850 per person (minimum 2 pax), 1 pax R 1250, Contact me for a group rate.

WIMG_6442hat to Bring: walking shoes, warm jacket, windbreaker or rain jacket (depending on weather forecast), 1,5l of water and snacks (I can provide these upon request), sun hat, sun screen.

Book here: info@leorust.com or +27 (0)72 285 9563

Kloof Corner Ridge (3-5 hours)

img_3797KCR takes the right hand skyline as seen from the center of Cape Town. The rock scrambling involves two chain sections and great views in a most spectacular setting. Something for the more adventurous. I use basic rope work to ensure the highest level of safety at all times. No previous experience is required just bring a sense of adventure!

Cost: R 950 per person (minimum 2 pax), 1 pax R 1450, Contact me for a group rate.

What to Bring:

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walking shoes, warm jacket, windbreaker or rain jacket (depending on weather forecast), 1,5l of water and snacks (I can provide these upon request), sun hat, sun screen.

Book here: info@leorust.com or +27 (0)72 285 9563

 

 

 

Skeleton Gorge – Smuts Track (4-7 hours depending on route taken)

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The Boomslang with Skeleton Gorge above and right.

Named after our former statesman General Smuts this great outing starts from the Kirstenbosch botanical gardens. We visit the Boomslang arial walkway on our approach through the gardens before reaching the slopes of the mountain proper. The track steepens to ascend the back table. A rising traverse takes us to Maclear’s Beacon, the highest point on Table Mountain at 1086m. Fantastic views across the city await before we finish at the top Cableway station.

Cost: R 1200 per person (minimum 2 pax), 1 pax R 1800, Contact me for a group rate.

What to Bring: walking shoes, warm jacket, windbreaker or rain jacket (depending on weather forecast), 1,5l of water and snacks (I can provide these upon request), sun hat, sun screen.

Book here: info@leorust.com or +27 (0)72 285 9563

Kasteel’s Poort (4-7 hours depending on route taken)

IMG_5302A gentle warm up along the Western slopes of the Twelve Apostles followed by the ascent of Kasteel’s Poort lands us at the dams on top of the back table of the mountain. The Valley of Isolation and Echo Valley are to be climbed before we descend by Cableway.

Cost: R 1200 per person (minimum 2 pax), 1 pax R 1800, Contact me for a group rate.

What to Bring: walking shoes, warm jacket, windbreaker or rain jacket (depending on weather forecast), 1,5l of water and snacks (I can provide these upon request), sun hat, sun screen.

Book here: info@leorust.com or +27 (0)72 285 9563

There are many different routes on Table Mountain. The above are only a very small selection to whet your appetite. I am more than happy to help you discover lesser known areas of the mountain.