Which is the best hike for me on Table Mountain?
Wow! What a difficult question.
There are so many different trails on Table Mountain each very different in terms of terrain and views that to choose a best one is incredibly difficult.
Which is best for you really depends upon:
- Your sense of adventure
- The time you have available
- Your level of fitness
If you are an adventurous hiker then India Venster might be a good choice. This is a really fun scramble route up the main face of Table Mountain. By scramble we mean easy rock climbing! You really don’t need any experience but do need a head for height.
Or if you prefer something more straight forward Platteklip Gorge is an amazing gorge that takes you steeply up the main face but with no exposure or scrambling. Again the view are quite amazing.
If you have more time it is well worth taking one of the longer trails. Do not be fooled into thinking these routes are necessarily less strenuous! Table Mountain is 56 km sq and home to 5 reservoirs, numerous gorges and rivers and of course the unique fynbos plant kingdom. Thus on the longer trails you get a good work out on the initial ascent but once on the “back of the mountain” can spend some time exploring the wilderness area found up there.
Two of the most popular are Skeleton Gorge and Kasteelspoort.
Found on opposite sides of the mountain these 2 routes are entirely different in character.
Skeleton Gorge follows a stream and for most of the way up you are in thick indigenous forest.
In contrast Kasteelspoort is all about the sea and cliff scenary
Once at the top of either of the above gorges you can either head to the plateau and cable car which is a further 2 hour + hike which ever route you took up or you can explore more of the back of the mountain. There are beaches, gorges, rivers, caves. Numerous other routes down. Really you are spoiled for choice.
So to choose the best hike is just too difficult. Really I’d recommend you do a few to really get the full enjoyment from your time here.