Hiking trails above Camps Bay
Towering above Camps Bay are the imposing cliffs of the 12 Apostles of Table Mountain. Although appearing steep and unassailable there are in fact numerous hiking trails that lead up onto the back of Table Mountain from this side.
The starting point for any of these trails is the Pipe Track. The Pipe Track itself is a lovely non strenuous stroll that takes you right along the foot of the 12 Apostles with the most magnificent views imaginable. It is an out and back route that should take you around 3 hours to complete.
Park at the top of Kloof Nek at the car park as you turn onto Tafelberg Rd. Then follow the path that leads around the side of the mountain. It is a very clear path having been built in 1887 as the route for the pipeline that would transport the water from the reservoirs on top of the mountain to the city.
5 minutes into the hike you get the first magnificent view of Camps Bay and also the first sighting of remnants of that old pipeline. Although only a few minutes away from your car already the magic of the scenary and the mountain begin to grab you. The sounds of the cars racing over Kloof Nek are muted and the sounds of a variety of birds fill the air.