Popular walks on the mountain
Please take the necessary safety precautions when walking / hiking in Cape Town. Do not carry cameras, money etc. Walk during peak hours, usually the time before or after work. Do not go alone. Carry water, take something warm, let someone know which route you are taking etc.
If you are coming from Camps Bay, drive up Camps Bay Drive and turn right at the intersection onto Table Mountain Road.
Park at the first parking on the right.
You will see stone steps in front of the cars where the path starts or start from the corner of Kloofnek and Tafelberg Road.
The path carries on above Camps Bay and you can come down at the boom at Theresa Avenue, Camps Bay or even climb Woody Ravine, Kasteelspoort or Corridor Ravine from the Pipe Track. Normally you will turn around and walk back the same way.
Drive up Tafelberg Road, the road curves to the right.
There is parking on the left before the road curves to the left. Park here.
You can also park just after the bend.
The trail starts on the bend. Look out for the green sign.
You walk to just below the rocky bit and there is a great place to take photo’s with views of Lion’s Head and Camps Bay. From there you can follow the pipe track and come down just below the cable car or at Platteklip. You can carry on even further but that would be another blog.
If you are coming from Camps Bay, turn left to Lion’s Head and Signal Hill.
Follow the road up. There is a path which you can follow around Lion’s Head, which is less strenuous. You can also start at the path by the boom (in the direction of Signal Hill). See photo below.
To climb Lion’s Head you start at the boom below. The walk up Lion’s Head offers great views over Camps Bay, Clifton, Seapoint, Table Mountain and the city. Even if you just walk to the first ladder and enjoy the views. No need to climb to the top.
There are two ways climbing to the top. Should you be scared of heights and you don’t feel comfortable the scramble, you can carry on with the path in the direction of Camps Bay and there is a “chicken run” above Camps Bay.