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19 days ago

I completed the knives edge trail and loved it because I’m into extreme hikes. I would highly recommend the route to most extreme fella hikers

Wow spectacular scenery!! Worth the trek!! You need a head for heights!!

must do - beautiful manicured bushes and whale sightings

28 days ago

fantastic views!

Definitely not an easy hike. I did this in the fog and rain with a guide and it was still quite pretty.

Wonderful trail up from Camp’s Bay along the face of the Apostles, up through a gorge with a waterfall on your right, up and over the top of 12 apostles, then up and down echo valley and finally the ascent to table mountain. Well marked, easy to use with all trails app. We did it with two middle aged hikers and one younger hiker and it took exactly four hours with a few stops. A little wet at points so wear good shoes and use hands on the steeps when wet. Lovely vistas and changing flora all the way up. While many steep parts, these are nicely intermixed with flats to regain your balance. Very sunny so would not recommend in summer heat. Parked at trailhead at top of residential street in Camps bay and seemed very safe. Would not recommend going down the trail unless fit and experienced with declines. We took the cable car after our enjoyable ascent

1 month ago

Fantastic hike although not easy. Not for those with a fear of heights. Go with a guide


Definitely a tough hike while going up, pro tip - don’t go on an all day wine trip the day before! But definitely easier going back down

Super easy to get to and very easy to hike! I would add the Lighthouse Keeper's trail to this to make it more of a true hike, as well. Wear warm clothes, since it's very cold!

1 month ago

I would recommend partaking in the Full Moon hikes which occur when there is a Full Moon over Cape. You'll have a marvellous experience hiking Lion's Head in the evening (when it's cooler), and breathtaking sunsets and views of the landscape are super easy to see. Bring some wine, and make some friends at the top. Coming down is what is hard about this trail, since much of the highest parts of the trail are accessed by ladders, chains, and metal stairs attached to rock. Be careful, and enjoy!

This was my favourite hike in Cape, since it offers a real challenge with many incredible views of the city. I would highly recommend wearing proper footwear, since the higher you ascend, the more rugged the hiking becomes. Bring lots of water and sun protection, since most of this trail is always within view of the sun. If you're a beginner or have rarely hiked, I would highly suggest taking the Cable car down (if it's working), since descending the trail is what makes this hike much more difficult than the pure elevation.

Beautiful Ascent up table Mountain, one of the best of all the crisscrossing trails to the top.

2 months ago

Really fun ascent, not to strenuous, much more secluded than other hikes in the area. Great views of the entire cape area, the entire hike to the top is out of view of the city, nice to get away.

2 months ago

Beautiful spot, fun hike under the canopy of trees. Also a great spot to start from to ascend Table mountain. Once you get through the switchback up the ridge, turn north and continue up trail in that direction, goes directly to the Table Mt. summit.

2 months ago

Gem of a hike, much less traveled than Lion's Head or even Table Mt. We used to do a challenge we called the peak bagger, we would ascend all three in one day, not to difficult, would have to trail run to get it all in. Love this area, especially when you are in the saddle between Devils peak and table Mt., its beautiful.

2 months ago

Short but fun ascent, toward the end there are two sections were there are chains bolted into the rock to lift yourself up a few boulders. Up until that point it is a wide easy well traveled trail. Great views of the city, twelve apostles, Devil's peak, and of course table Mt.

Did the India Venster trail with rock climbing,...would highly recommend! Not too difficult and very few other climbers. Great hike.

amazing hike up the back of Table Mountain, be careful, we saw a Cape cobra there

Steep and rocky but views are amazing! Wear good hiking shoes as rocks can be slippery if wet.

Beautiful route.
The climbing makes it tough, but it’s worth it for the views/nature.

4 months ago

Great hike with amazing views. Some areas need to use staples and vertical ladders and can be expose so be prepared. It is well marked and also very crowded, so much that had to wait in line to go down the staples, but the views at the top is worth it.

This hike was hard but so much worth it. Had to do scrabbling lots of times and some areas were expose but the views made it all worth it. Had 2 ladders to climb up to get all the way to the cable cars but were ok for me since not as expose. Also had the trail for myself most of the way since only saw 5 hikers and 3 rangers the 5 hrs I was in the trial. Need to know your way around because most part not identify and can get confusing in the section where it is all rock climbing, so go with a guide ( I did) if not familiarize with it. The guide can also take your pics!!

4 months ago

Great sunrise hike!! I’d say it was a little more than moderate, but the views are so worth it!

awesome 360° views from the top

Took me and two friends just about two hours to reach the top! It was a lovely hike. A few wet areas with flowing water we had to cross but I think that is a result of the rain the last couple days rather than the norm.

Great hike although pretty hard.

Climbed again Monday 4/30/2018 at 10:00 AM with wife, daughters and 4 friends from Cape Town. Took a little over 2 hours! Perfect day! Unbelievable views! Hard but worth every bit of effort.

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