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Best trails in Table Mountain National Park, South Africa

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Looking for a great trail in Table Mountain National Park, Western Cape? AllTrails has 88 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 50 moderate trails in Table Mountain National Park ranging from 1.5 to 9.1 miles and from 68 to 3,520 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Situated directly next to Cape Town, Table Mountain National Park is the most popular national park in South Africa. Known for its biodiversity and stunning views of the skyline, this park an outdoor recreation playground. The park is partially fragmented into separate sections spanning the entirety of the Cape Peninsula. Table Mountain National Park offers miles of trails, ranging from coastal walks, to strenuous summit hikes. Although not as much of a wildlife sanctuary as the national parks in the northern and eastern parts of South Africa, visitors to this park are sure to see marine animals, birds, and wildlife, depending on where in the park they visit. Due to its proximity to Cape Town, the park can get quite busy, so plan accordingly. One of the more sought after trips is the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, which brings visitors to the top of the mountain. Pets are not allowed in the park. There is a fee to enter the park.

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#1 - Lion's Head Path and Top Road
Table Mountain National Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 47 m
Great hike in the city. Well marked and amazing 360 degree views. Moderate is the right rating as there are some sections with exposure. More difficult routes with scrambling options available. If you want to find Wally's Cave: go past the first ladder (do not go up it), go the old bench and go DOWN to the LEFT, traverse until you see an opportunity to scramble up to the right. If you go too high you'll end up on a flat lookout with a steep drop off.Show more
#2 - Platteklip Gorge to Upper Cable Station
Table Mountain National Park
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 2 h 11 m
A straight-up hike up Platteklip Gorge - past Fountain Peak, take the cable car (125 rand) to the top and back, then head back down to the trailhead.Show more
#3 - Constantia Nek
Table Mountain National Park
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Length: 9.1 mi • Est. 4 h 58 m
This hike climbs on a partially paved trail up from Hout Bay Road to Devilliersdam, Alexandra Reservoir, Victoria Reservoir, then eventually Woodhead Reservoir. There are several other trails and route variations in this area.Show more
#4 - Pipe Track
Table Mountain National Park
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 7 m
#5 - India Venster
Table Mountain National Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 1 h 55 m
The trail starts just right to the cable car lower station and it climbs quickly to the contour path. Then the India Venster hike truly starts. Follow the yellow footprints all the way to the top of the mountain. Beautiful views and fun hike, but don't underestimate it. There is parts where climbing is involved and above average fitness is required to make it to the top. The route is extremely difficult down and should only be done by experienced hikers.Show more
#6 - Chapmans Peak
Table Mountain National Park
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 2 h 7 m
#7 - Newlands Forest Contour Path
Table Mountain National Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 1 h 43 m
#8 - Kasteelspoort Path to Diving Board
Table Mountain National Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 2 h 10 m
#9 - Skeleton Gorge Trail
Table Mountain National Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 2 h 32 m
#10 - Kasteelspoort to Upper Cable Station Via Echo Valley
Table Mountain National Park
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 5 h 9 m
The hike starts from the most southern residential area of Camps Bay, heads up one of the gullies between the 12 Apostles. Once on top of Table Mountain, use a myriad of trails to pass some huts used by the South Africa Scouts (there's a public hut as well that looks like it would be a great place for a picnic). You'll pass above the reservoirs and head through Echo Valley towards the upper cable station. The cable car costs 125 rand. There is a cafe and shops at the top, which is a great place for a sandwich and a beer. Come back down the cable car and head back. Lots of streams, birds, and steps.Show more
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