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Cape Town Private Guided Table Mountain Hikes

1. Cape Town Private Guided Table Mountain Hikes

Join this private guided hike up iconic Table Mountain. Rising to just over one thousand meters directly from sea level, Table Mountain ranks in status alongside famous African giants such as Kilimanjaro and the Atlas Mountains. This tour is perfect for the energetic and inquisitive traveler. Learn secrets of the mountain, including how the watcher of the south, Umlindi Wemingizimu, became Table Mountain. Let your experienced guide interpret the natural wonders of the Cape Floral Kingdom. A few tour routes are listed below. An optimum route will be chosen from this selection based on the fitness of the members of the party and the Cape’s unpredictable weather at the time. Western Table to Maclears Beacon return: A 2-hour easy to moderate hike on the Table Mountain Plateau. Your guide will organize tickets and then proceed with you up Table Mountain in the aerial cableway. The cableway can carry up to 60 people at a time and does a full rotation. This means you can enjoy 360 degree views of Cape Town, Lions Head and the Mountain itself. Once on top, you will get away from the groups and meander along to Maclears Beacon, the highest point on Table Mountain. This pleasant walk across the flat-topped Table plateau overlooking the city passes through some marshy frog breeding areas with interesting vegetation. Twelve Apostles to the Table Mountain Plateau: A 5-hour moderate climb: The climb up Kasteelspoort zigzags its way up a partly shaded gorge beneath the overhanging walls of Spring Buttress. Climbers are rewarded with views of the Twelve Apostles that stand like sentinels overlooking the Atlantic coast. Enjoy a picnic lunch down in the Valley of the Red Gods and the Valley of Isolation. Eventually you arrive on the Table Mountain plateau for a pleasant walk towards the Upper Cableway station. Your guide will organize tickets and you will then proceed down Table Mountain in the aerial cableway, enjoying 360 degree views of Cape Town, Lions Head and the Mountain itself. Skeleton Gorge along the top of Table Mountain Plateau: A 6-hour moderate to strenuous hike: Start hiking in the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, renowned for their spectacular array of indigenous plants. The climb up Skeleton gorge is well-equipped with ladders to aid hikers over the slippery rocks. Keep an eye out for the illusive endangered ghost frog as you ascend through the dense indigenous forests. The forest gradually gives way to the shrub-like Fynbos. This pleasant walk across the flat-topped Table plateau overlooking the city passes through some marshy frog breeding areas with interesting vegetation. Descend down Platteklip gorge or take a ride down the cableway if your legs are weary.

From Cape Town: Cape Peninsula Full-Day Guided Tour

2. From Cape Town: Cape Peninsula Full-Day Guided Tour

Get set for a full-day shared or private guided tour around the Cape Peninsula. Visit must-see spots such as Camps Bay, Hout Bay, Chap Mans Peak, Simon's Town, the Cape of Good Hope, and so much for. The tour starts off with pickup at Cape Town hotels. The first stop of the tour is Camps Bay, known for its fine white sand, natural rock swimming pools, and views of the Twelve Apostles Mountains. Next, move on along the coastline and find yourself at Hout Bay situated in a valley on the Atlantic seaboard of the Cape Peninsula. After, prepare for a beautiful drive in Cape Town similar to a drive along the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Spot scenic ocean views as you travel. Then, visit the Cape of Good Hope, the southernmost point of the African Continent. Take a funicular to the Cape Point Lighthouse and enjoy breathtaking views of the mountain range and the Atlantic Ocean. Later, head to Penguins Colony at Simon’s Town where you can view black-footed penguins (South African penguins) in their natural habitat. A stop at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens that lies at the eastern foot of Table Mountain may be an option if time allows.

Cape Town: Chapmans Peak Coastal Ebike Tour

3. Cape Town: Chapmans Peak Coastal Ebike Tour

Ride along Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most magnificently engineered coastal cycle routes. Breeze along on a top-of-the-range Giant ebike with electric pedal assist. These easy to ride bikes can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of fitness level. This route should be on anyone’s bucket list who is passionate about Cape Town’s majestic scenery. Start at Maiden's Cove parking lot from where you will cruise along the sea via Camps Bay, considered the St Tropez of Africa. You will then enter the stunning coastal Victoria Road, going past Lion’s Head and the Twelve Apostles, which will eventually take you into Hout Bay. From Hout Bay you will ascend the last easy climb to Chapman's Peak where you'll stop at the lookout point, the perfect opportunity to take pictures of the breathtaking panoramic views. On your way back you will stop in Hout Bay on the beach for cake and a refreshing drink before hitting the road back to Cape Town.

Table Mountain: Gentle Guided Meander for the Whole Family

4. Table Mountain: Gentle Guided Meander for the Whole Family

Follow the Camps Bay Pipe Track from Kloof Nek during this guided walk on Table Mountain. The easy path offers rewarding mountain and ocean views over Lion's Head, Camps Bay, and Bakoven. The Pipe Track follows the old water pipe along the top of Camps Bay. There are a few ups and downs but the route is otherwise flat and the views over the bay and up the 12 Apostles Mountain Range are spectacular. Stop to take a break at one of the benches you’ll find along the way and enjoy the view of the surrounding area. Keen birders will enjoy watching sugarbirds flitting about dense thickets of protea bushes.

Cape Point Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting in Stellenbosch

5. Cape Point Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting in Stellenbosch

This combination tour offers the highlights of Cape Point and the Cape Winelands. Begin the tour with a scenic drive along the Atlantic coast, passing through the cosmopolitan suburb of Sea Point and Camps Bay with its glorious views of the Twelve Apostles, part of the Table Mountain range. From here, travel to the Cape Point Nature Reserve, comprising over 17,300 acres of indigenous fauna and flora. See a variety of wildlife that includes baboons, rhebok, Cape Mountain zebra, bontebok, and the elusive eland. The reserve is also one of the world's largest breeding grounds for tortoises. Bird-watchers, too, will find many fine species to observe. The majestic coastline offers drama worthy of being called "Nature's Greatest Show". You'll see the union of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans (as per legend), and may even feel the brisk wind that is dubbed the "Cape Doctor" for its presumed curative powers. Following the coastline along False Bay, continue to the Stellenbosch Winelands. Stellenbosch is an architectural jewel with a gracious blend of 18-century Cape Dutch, Georgian, and Victorian buildings. Head for a wine tasting session in the Stellenbosch area before returning to Cape Town.

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What people are saying about The Twelve Apostles Mountain Range

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 157 reviews

Our guide Henk was fantastic! He was so knowledgeable about the local plants and birds. Our 10 year old son loved talking to him and finding his little secret spots with caves etc. We took the Kasteel route to the top which ended up being about 6km with a 1000 meter elevation gain over 5 hours. It was an amazing hike, but you need to be in good shape and ready to climb some rock stairs! Henk was kind enough to take some really great pictures of our family with his camera and forward them on to us. We now have net year's holiday card! We have hiked all over North America and Europe and this hike was one of our all time favorites. We were definitely happy to take the lovely cable car down at the end of the trip for the fantastic views and our tired legs.

Maxwell was a terrific guide and very knowledgeable. The drive was smooth, safe and on time. We had a great morning out and saw all the fantastic sights, which was needed in my short timeframe. Highly recommend this tour to see the beautiful coastline and Penguins

Peter is a very friendly and polite guide. It was really a memorable experience. Highly recommended.

Amazing tour with a fantastic knowledgable guide. 100% recommended

Tony the guide is a wonderful and knowledgeable man