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Table Mountain overnight hike

Hike up Table Mountain via Orange Kloof

The back of Table Mountain view from Orange kloof in Hout Bay

Table Mountain overnight hike

It is impossible to do justice to the flora on Table Mountain in a few sentences. This two days Table Mountain overnight hike encompasses a part of the incredibly scenic Table Mountain. The hike is along well trodden single trails, with the occasional steep scramble along the way. It is a relatively long hike over 2 days finishing at the very back part of Table Mountain, Orange kloof.

Day 1: Pipe track to Overseer's Cottage. 12 Kilometers

We start our Table Mountain overnight hike on the Pipe track route which takes a flat sweep above Camps Bay and across the Atlantic side of Table Mountain. The Pipe track route was constructed to service a pipeline running below the series of peaks known as the Twelve Apostles. This pipeline was built to carry water from Table Mountain’s Back Table to the Molteno Reservoir in Oranjezicht. After about an hour walking we will see a sign pointing up to Kasteel Poort: this path will take us up the ravine.  Keep an eye out for the old cable car ruins, a piece of rock that juts out and offers awesome photo opportunities for those without a fear of heights. Table Mountain may look flat when viewed from the city below but in reality is far from flat. Spread over a vast expanse are valleys, plateau, crack systems, multiple buttresses and ravines criss cross by a network of paths and boardwalks. Once we get to the top of the Kasteel Poort gorge, the path will take us through a series of valleys, before getting all the way up to Table Mountain front plateau, where you will be treated with  spectacular views. After a must welcome mid-day break, we carry on our venture toward the true summit of Table Mountain. The path will take us along the Table Mountain Edge with spectacular views of the city below before reaching Maclear's Beacon (1085.9m) From here the  trail will head down in a Southerly direction along the Eastern side of Table Mountain lower plateau before arriving to our overnight accommodation.

Day 2: Overseers' Cottage to Orange Kloof. 8 Kilometers

It's a privilege to be in such magnificent landscapes on the iconic Table Mountain and feel stranded in the middle of nowhere yet the bustling city of Cape Town is around the corner. Today's start of the route will take us north for a short while to the top of Nursery ravine before heading west through a beautiful lush wooded valley. An interesting part of the mountain steeped in history. Our hike will take us pass two of the five reservoirs on Table Mountain lower plateau and then down Orange Kloof, the very back part of Table Mountain. Orange Kloof encompass some of the most enchanting area that Table Mountain has to offer. Beautiful deep sometimes close to the edge wooded ravines covered with lush Afromontane forest before arriving to the huge horseshoe-shaped valley of Orange Kloof our final destination.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Pipe track hike – easy access to the Atlantic side of Table Mountain 
  • Kasteels Poort hike – wonderful views of the Atlantic coastline
  • Maclear’s Beacon – highest point on Table Mountain
  • Walk accross Table Mountain plateau
  • Overnight on Table Mountain plateau
  • Table Mountain reservoirs
  • Orange kloof – ancient Afromontane forest
  • Hout Bay
hiking or walking up table mountain while you are on holiday in Cape Town

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  • Clear sky
  • Temperature: 20 °C
  • Wind: North-Northeast, 29.6 km/h
  • Pressure: 1018 hPa
  • Rel. Humidity: 32 %
  • Visibility: 10 km
Reported on:
Fri, 07/20/2018 - 02:00

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Tour Code: 
CEH 6
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Tour Duration: 
72:00
Tour Duration: 
2 Days 1 Night
Distance: 
20 km
Terrain: 
A mixed of single track with some steep-stepped inclines, finishing on day 2 with an enjoyable way down the Orange Kloof valley to Hout Bay.
Depart Time: 
7:45am
Return Time: 
2:30pm
Price: 
R3 300p.p


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