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Explore “Hiking is a bit like life: The journey only requires you to put one foot in front of the other…again and again and again. And if you allow yourself the opportunity to be present throughout the entirety of the trek, you will witness beauty every step of the way, not just at the summit” - Unknown



WORDS: Heléne Meissenheimer • IMAGES: Willem Uys & Supplied

Time: 2-4 hours one-way

KASTEELSPOORT On a beautiful day there are few things that are as good for one’s soul as going for a walk in nature. The Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) offers a variety of walks and hikes, depending on one’s fitness level. Greek physician and philosopher Hippocrates said, “Walking is man’s best medicine”, so take one for your health, phone a couple of friends and try out one of these easy to moderately tough hikes.

THE PIPE TRACK This 6km hike starts at Kloof Nek and continues along above Camps Bay and Clifton to Corridor Ravine. According to the TMNP website, the route was built to service the water pipeline that supplied water to Cape Town in the 19th century. It offers spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Twelve Apostles. TMNP says the route is ideal for children and those who are not so fit although completing the full route there and back could be a bit much. It is easy to reach the track after parking your car on the first parking lot on Tafelberg Road. Just head to the right, up the concrete stairs to find the track.

Time: 1.5-3 hours one way, depending on fitness level and how far you walk



You can start hiking on this route from Theresa Avenue, on the Camps Bay side of the mountain, or you can start with the Pipe Track (which would add another hour to your hike). The route is well signposted so just follow the signs and keep going up. Along the route you will spot remnants of the old cableway used during the 1800s to carry up construction supplies when they built the dams on top of the mountain. On a clear day the route offers spectacular views of the mountain on the one side, and the ocean on the other. And if you’re tired by the time you get to “breakfast rock”, you can have your packed lunch right there, enjoy the beautiful view and go back down again.

PLATTEKLIP GORGE This is probably the best-known route up Table Mountain with beautiful views of the city and ocean from the start to the top. Make no mistake though, it is a steep 3km hike up the mountain that involves climbing a lot of stairs, while coming down can be quite tough on the joints and knees. On the positive side, it’s virtually impossible to get lost. Being out in the “open” it is also one of the safest routes up. The route takes you all the way to the top of the mountain from where you can walk to the cableway and lookout points. The cableway is available for hikers who need a trip down, and tickets should preferably be booked online before the hike. Take warm clothes as the temperature at the bottom can differ markedly from the top of the mountain!

Time: 1.5-3 hours one-way depending on level of fitness and breaks

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