1st July 2019 – posts that are not dated may be out of date. We are currently updating information.
Warning: Hiking in Table Mountain should not be undertaken without adequate preparation – do not take advice from someone who does not understand hiking and the Mountain:
The Table Mountain Cableway is closed from 8th July to 18th August 2019 for annual maintenance. The only alternative is a hike to the top – using a guide is advised.
- Are you fit enough and do you have the right skills for the route you are undertaking?
- Do you know the route or have someone with you who does know the route, maps and directions?
- Do you know how long the route will take, what the distance is and what the terrain is like?
- Does someone know where you are going, what routes and what time you are expected back?
- Do you have the correct equipment, footwear, warm clothing, rain gear, hats and sunblock?
- Do you have enough water and snacks / food for the route you are doing?
- Do you have the emergency numbers and a fully charged cell phone?
- Cape Town City Emergency: 021 480 7700 or
- Wilderness Search and Rescue (WSAR) 021 937 0300
- Table Mountain National Park: 086 110 6417
DO NOT HIKE ALONE – GROUPS OF 4 or MORE ARE RECOMMENDED!!!
- Table Mountain is not flat – behind the ‘flat Table top’ are cliffs and ridges, valleys & peaks, seasonal waterfalls and slippery slopes.
- Main paths in Table Mountain are marked at certain strategic junctions only, subsidiary paths are not marked at all.
- The weather on Table Mountain can change very quickly, with cloud and mist that makes seemingly clear paths disappear into oblivion and bringing temperatures down.
- The temperature at the top of the Mountain is usually considerably colder than in the City and surrounding areas, with wind often creating a wind chill factor.
- There is no potable water on the Mountain, with many areas of the Mountain having no running water at all, particularly in summer.
- The cableway closes in high wind conditions, so cannot always be relied upon as a route down.
- There are an estimated 250 km of hiking paths in the Mountain and many rock scrambles and climbing routes known only to experienced regular hikers and climbers. What may seem easy to one person, may be very difficult for another.
For more information or to book a guide: email@example.com or go to the contact form.