Day Walks: Table Mountain Front Face

We 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.
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.

Platteklip Gorge (2-4 hours) is the easiest path up the front of Table Mountain. It splits the front face into two (more or less) equal parts: Left Face and Right Face.
The ascent is steep but not overly difficult. We meet at the Lower Cable Way station. From here it is a short warm up to the Contour Path which traverses the lower slopes of Table Mountain all the way from Kloof Nek to Constantia Nek.
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 to verify his position in 1503.

 

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The ‘Venster’ part of India Venster

India Venster (3-5 hours) involves some rock steps and follows the direct line under the Cable Way lines. The route is not overly technical but does involve some rock scrambling and exposure to heights.

 

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Kloof Corner Ridge (3-5 hours) takes the right hand skyline as seen from the centre of Cape Town. The rock scrambling involves two chain sections and great views. 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!

Skeleton Gorge – Smuts Track (4-7 hours depending on route taken) is a great outing starting from the botanical gardens at Kirstenbosch. The ascent starts gently through the gardens and then reaches the slopes of the mountain proper under a canopy of trees. The track steepens to where we reach 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.

Kasteel’s Poort (4-7 hours depending on route taken) a gentle warm up along the slopes of the Twelve Apostles followed by the ascent up 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.

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.