A circular hike on top of Table Mountain
If you are looking for a really satisfying day hike on Table Mountain but don’t really want to schlepp all the way up. Then there is a hike for you. By taking the cable car both up and down the mountain and walking around the reservoirs on top you can do a good 4 to 5 hour hike, still with some climbing (it is still not a walk in the park) But you will be able to see the absolute best of Table Mountain and avoid the heavy cardio vascular climb at the beginning.
The cable car starts to operate at 8am, so best get there early. Its also best to buy a ticket on line before you go, but even taking this precaution you may have to queue a bit before going up. Once on top escape “touristville” as quickly as you can by heading away from the shop/cafe and towards Platteklip Gorge. After 10 minutes you come to a steep down hill as the plateau descends into Platteklip Gorge. Stop to admire the amazing view through the canyon before continuing up the other side and onto the Eastern plateau.