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Best dayhikes in Cape Town

Destination(s): Cape Town

From your arrival in Cape Town onwards, it will be hard to miss Table Mountain. Just as it shapes the lifestyle, attitude, weather, traffic, and everything else about Cape Town for locals, it should be a highlight of your visit. While most visitors just touch on what the mountain has to offer, if you have the time, hikes on Table Mountain are a must. This list of best dayhikes in Cape Town highlights some of the best. Pick up a Peter Sligsby guide to Table Mountain and try a walk up a trail on the 12 Apostles side, up one of the ravines above Kirstenbosch Gardens, or above Chapman’s Peak Drive. read more about Best dayhikes in Cape Town

Table Mountain

Table Mountain

  • Table Mountain Rd
  • tel:+27 21 424 0015
  • Visit website
  • Cape Town, 8000

Standing guard over Cape Town, Table Mountain defines the city. For early seafarers, the Mountain signified arrival at this port of call. For the original inhabitants of the area, the Mountain was the source of myth and intrigue. For modern day Cape Tonians, Table Mountain is the heart of daily life. At 1086 meters and home to 1400 species of flora, Table Mountain is a spectacular nature reserve surrounded by a city. With hundreds of routes to ascend, the Mountain can keep an avid hiker and climber busy for years. read more about Table Mountain

Lion's Head

Lion's Head

  • Signal Hill Road
  • tel:+27 21 487 6800(Tourist Information)
  • Cape Town, 8001

Guarding the western edge of Cape Town, Lion's Head offers hiking with views over the Atlantic Seaboard, Robben Island, the Cape Town city bowl, and Table Mountain. For those who prefer having their feet off solid ground, tour companies operate tandem paragliding from Lions Head's slopes to the Atlantic coast. Locals can be found hiking Lions Head daily but full moon evening is often popular for sunset drinks on the summit. read more about Lion's Head

Chapmans Peak Drive

Chapmans Peak Drive

  • Between Hout Bay and Noordhoek
  • tel:+27 21 791 8222
  • Visit website
  • Cape Town, 7806

One of the most beautiful drives in the world, Cape Town's Chapmans Peak Drive is a spectacular 10 km coastal drive linking Noordhoek to Hout Bay. In spring (Sept-November) Southern Right Whales can be spotted in Hout Bay. Year round there are stunning views from numerous viewpoints and picnic spots. A trail to Chapman's Peak itself starts just before the highest viewpoint on Chapman's Peak Drive. If the road is closed or if one only wants to access the portion of the road closer to Hout Bay, a complimentary day pass can be acquired from the toll booth. read more about Chapmans Peak Drive

Noordhoek Beach

Noordhoek Beach

  • Noordhoek
  • Cape Town, 7985
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

  • Rhodes Drive, Newlands
  • Kirstenbosch
  • tel:+27 21 799 8899
  • Visit website
  • Cape Town, 7700

Settled along the eastern slope of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens hosts over 22,000 indigenous plants. Just 15 minutes away from Cape Town city centre, the Botanical Gardens are extraordinarily natural in design and blend straight in to the mountain. There is a tea shop and picnic sites for those wanting to enjoy a leisurely visit and paths from the Garden leading straight onto Table Mountain for the more active. In summer, there are Sunday Summer concerts on the lawn; arrive early, enjoy the Garden, set up a picnic spot and enjoy the music. read more about Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Silvermine Nature Reserve

Silvermine Nature Reserve