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Hike mighty Table Mountain

Enjoy 360-degree views over Cape Town and learn about the mountain’s ecology on this scenic hike…

By Sally Petersen
Sally Petersen, Director of AWOL Tours, Alfred&'s partner in South Africa

Hike to the top of Table Mountain, South Africa’s most iconic landmark, for spectacular views over Cape Town.  All our treks are private, so you’ll have your own experienced nature guide who knows the mountain, it’s trails and ecology like the back of their hand. You’ll get an amazing sense of achievement after hiking for three or four hours to the peak, surrounded by pristine nature. When you hike with AWOL, you also help to support guided hikes for kids from disadvantaged communities around Cape Town.

As you walk up the mountain, your guide will teach you about the surrounding Cape Floral Kingdom, which is a UNESCO heritage site. Table Mountain actually has more botanical species than the entire UK. So, we’ll chat about the different types of flowers we spot as well as the geology. At 400 metres, wherever you are on the mountain you get a thin layer of malmesbury shale, which is the mother rock of Table Mountain. You’ll also spot lots of birds and perhaps even a klipspringer.

There are over 50 different hiking trails to choose from so we vary the route depending on how much time guests have and their physical ability, taking the cable car down afterwards. Trails include Platteklip Gorge, the Western Table and neighbouring Lion’s Head. One of my top routes is Kasteelspoort, which takes you through the stunning Valley of the Gods. I also love Skeleton Gorge, which is a longer hike from Kirstenbosch Gardens through afro-montane forests to Maclears Beacon. Whichever route we take, you’ll enjoy 360-degree views of Cape Town along the way.

I would encourage anyone to hike Table Mountain so you can experience its raw beauty first hand. This is my favourite trip in Cape Town and I often spend weekends hiking there with my family. These days, I think people want more than just a quick trip up the cable car, they want an authentic, off-the-beaten track experience. I wanted to create the immersive feeling for guests that I had when I cycled through Africa, experiencing its incredible nature first-hand.


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Alfred & Sally Petersen

A Cape Town local, Sally Petersen is the owner of AWOL Tours, which specialises in hiking and cycling tours in and around the city. It was while living in London and working as an accountant that Sally discovered her passion for cycling and embarked on a 15-month bike trip through Africa. Determined not to return to the office, Sally trained as a tour guide in Cape Town and set up AWOL in 2002.
Sally Petersen, Cape Town walking tour, Table Mountain hike and winelands cycling tour

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