Hiking in South Africa

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Tom Smith
Published: 17/04/2020
Updated: 1/06/2021

The iconic Table Mountain which dominates the multicultural city of Cape Town offers some of the most diverse and varied hiking in the world. If you are interested in a moderate stroll or an exciting scramble there are a multitude of hikes all within a 20 minute drive of the city.

Two hikers sit on a rock on the Table Mountain and watch the ocean
Hiking on Table Mountain

Behind the famous and impressive cliffs the mountain chain extends for 75km all the way to The Cape of Good Hope and is home to numerous reservoirs as well as a wide variety of plants and animals.

One of the most famous hikes and more strenuous hikes on Table Mountain itself is the Skeleton Gorge trail. Starting in the botanical garden this trail takes you through thick indigenous forestry on the Eastern side of the mountain and then on to overlook the city below.

This trail takes you right away from the crowds and into the natural wilderness of the mountain.

Another very popular and far less strenuous trail is the Shipwreck trail at the Cape of Good Hope. Here the birdlife is quite incredible and you literally pass a number of ancient ship wrecks that floundered on the reefs found just off shore.

Tourist watches shipwreck on the beach
Shipwreck trail

At Ridgway Ramblers team has 30 years experience of “looking after people in the great outdoors”. They specialise in small personally guided trails and will tailor a trail to suit you and your families fitness levels and expectations.

Ready for the time of your life?

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Tom Smith
Tom Smith is a content writer, translator, educator and lyricist. He is also a passionate traveller and explorer of the human condition. Tom works and lives in Ljubljana.

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