15 Amazing Hikes In Cape Town

Cape Town is a hiker’s haven offering many well-maintained trails set amid amazing landscapes in and around the city. And there’s no need to worry if you aren’t in top shape, as there are hikes with fantastic views for folks of every fitness level. Here are a few of the most amazing hikes in Cape Town.

(Wikimedia Commons)

(Wikimedia Commons)

1. Pipe Track 

With incredible views of the mountains, Atlantic Ocean and sea-side neighbourhoods of Camps Bay and Bakoven, this easy to moderate level hike is simply breathtaking. This 6km hike is fairly secluded and takes a bit over four hours to do.

(Hilton Teper/Wikimedia Commons)

(Hilton Teper/Wikimedia Commons)

2. Lion’s Head

Lion’s Head is a short summit hike that offers hikers panoramic views of Cape Town, with even better views around sunset. It’s also a popular night hike during a full moon. The hike has moderate difficulty and two routes to the top.

(Danie van der Merwe/Wikimedia Commons)

(Danie van der Merwe/Wikimedia Commons)

3. Constantia Nek 

Enjoy a fairly easy hike along a low pass on this hike over the Table Mountain range. The “nek” is one of three passes connecting Hout Bay to the rest of the city.

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(China Crisis/Wikimedia Commons)

4. Silvermine East 

Situated in the Silvermine Nature Reserve, this moderate-to-difficult hike overlooks the seaside suburb of Muizenberg. You can expect to see interesting rock formations and plenty of untouched fynbos.

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(Warrickball/Wikimedia Commons)

5. Devil’s Peak 

Starting on Tafelberg Road (the same road that the Cape Town Cable Car station is on), hikers follow a zig-zag path onto a steep route to the peak. The hike offers amazing views of Table Mountain and the city below.

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(S Molteno/Wikimedia Commons)

6. Newlands Forest Contour Path

Just a stone’s throw from the city centre is this forest trek that offers shade from trees, streams to cool down in, and various paths to choose from. The hike is fairly easy and child friendly.

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(Dominik Peters/Wikimedia Commons)

7. Chapman’s Peak 

Hikers are spoilt by the beauty of this hike, which highlights the natural beauty of Cape Town. There are two routes to the top, which is covered with thick fynbos, and both offer amazing views of Hout Bay, Fish Hoek and Gordon’s Bay. 

 (Frode Inge Helland/Wikimedia Commons)

(Frode Inge Helland/Wikimedia Commons)

8. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

With several paved walks in and around this amazing garden, you can spend the whole day exploring. It’s also a great place to learn more about indigenous plants. Certain paths are wheelchair friendly. 

(Zaian/Wikimedia Commons)

(Zaian/Wikimedia Commons)

9. Boomslang Caves 

An easy and fairly safe hike above the quaint harbour town of Kalk Bay, you can of course get incredible views from the top — just don’t mind the bats inside the caves (and don’t touch!). 

(Nick Boalch/Wikimedia Commons)

(Nick Boalch/Wikimedia Commons)

10. Paarl Rock 

About an hour outside of Cape Town is the Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve and Paarl Rock. This moderate hike has spectacular views of Paarl and Table Mountain  in the distance.

(Graham Poulter/Wikimedia Commons)

(Graham Poulter/Wikimedia Commons)

11. Crystal Pools 

One of the most popular hikes in Cape Town is Crystal Pools. The hike involves boulder-hopping to a series of mountain pools in Steenbras Nature Reserve. Only 50 people are allowed on the hike per day and it is closed during winter.

(Andres de Wet/Wikimedia Commons)

(Andres de Wet/Wikimedia Commons)

12. Suicide Gorge 

This eight-hour hike is physically taxing and should be done with a guide. It involves very challenging river crossings, cliff jumps, and numerous dangerous trails.

(Andrew Turner/Flickr)

(Andrew Turner/Flickr)

13. Platteklip Gorge 

This three-to-four-hour hike is fairly steep and follows along the front face of Table Mountain. The trail ends on top of the mountain where hikers have the choice of walking back down, or taking the famous revolving cable car.

(Kafuffle/Wikimedia Commons)

(Kafuffle/Wikimedia Commons)

14. Muizenberg Mile

Starting from Surfer’s Corner at Muizenberg Beach and heading towards the ocean pool at St James, this one is pretty easy and more of a walk than a hike. You’ll need to time the walk according the tide, as the water washes over the walkway twice a day. 

Cape Point, South Africa (Shutterstock)

Cape Point, South Africa (Shutterstock)

15. Cape of Good Hope Hiking Trail

Hikers are in for a treat as they trek to the spot where two oceans meet, surrounded by fynbos and some of Cape Town’s best wildlife. This hike is two days long over 23.3 km, but fairly easy. 

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