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India Venster: sensational half-day route up Table Mountain
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India Venster: sensational half-day route up Table Mountain

By Hike Table Mountain
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Ages 17-100, max of 7 per group
Duration: 3h 30m
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  • Qualified, highly-experienced, competent, knowledgeable mountain-guide
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  • Snacks


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  • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, 5821 Tafelberg Rd, Table Mountain (Nature Reserve), Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 230671P1

    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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    • 5821 Tafelberg Rd, Table Mountain (Nature Reserve), Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
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      Arguably the best half-day route to the summit, this sensational route leads up an impressive part of the mountain, offering superb city and sea views. Involves scrambling and exposure to heights (narrow ledges – nothing extreme) about 15% of the way, therefore ideal for, but not restricted to the more adventurous. Dramatic topography and varied hiking.
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    • Hike Table Mountain
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      Joined in October 2011
    • teresabC7834AL
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      Fun adventures
      We hiked Lions head for the sunset. Our guide, Johan, was wonderful. We had a good adventure going up the challenging mountain . The guide was great about ensuring we were safe coming back down in the dark. We really enjoyed the hike!
      Written 20 May 2024
    • teresabC7834AL
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      Awesome hike.
      The guide , Steph was awesome. She really made sure it was a great experience. She paid attention to the needs of our family members. She had a lot of great information about the history and plants to share.
      Written 20 May 2024
    • Maskergu
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      Best Guide in Cape Town
      We had an amazing time with Riaan , great hike indeed , good group , some were slower than others but that’s hiking. The view and the knowledge from Riaan was very interesting .
      Written 2 May 2024
    • giorgiapS8598DA
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      Stunning view at Llandudno.
      Very nice experience on the Llandudno hike. Four hours hike with stunning views of the ocean and the Lion's head. A special thank to our guide Claudia. Her knowledge and experience gave us important information about the local flora and fuana. Highly recommended if you want to experience some fun and adventure
      Written 25 March 2024
    • annekk
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Challenging hike with amazing vistas!
      Fantastic guide in Steph. So kind and knowledgeable. We feel like we made a lifelong friend. The hike is challenging for a short person like me, (5’4”) due to the endless high steps. I was in boots, but you could do the hike in grippy shoes just as well. It took about 3.5 hours and was spectacular. It is not to be missed if you’re a hiker and in decent shape. The views are amazing!
      Written 23 March 2024
    • zoeh521
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      Wonderful experience
      Our group of six friends was led by Matthew up Skeleton Gorge to Table Mountain and we had a wonderful time! Matthew was super knowledgeable (about South Africa, flora/ fauna, etc), patient, and fun to hike with—we learned a lot, pushed ourselves physically, and enjoyed a spectacular day climbing up the mountain. He made sure we took regular breaks and were hydrating/ applying sunscreen. I was really worried about my ability to make it up the mountain prior to the hike, but if you are able-bodied, relatively fit, do occasional cardio and strength work, and have the stamina to do a 4-4.5 hour hike, then you can (very likely) do this hike. Thank you, Matthew, for an excellent adventure!
      Written 16 March 2024
    • michellexyz12
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Highly recommend doing a hike up Table Mountain with this company
      We did the Kastreelspoort trail with Mike and had an amazing time. Mike was a superb guide, very good at outlining the route and setting our expectations. We are both in our 60s and felt a little intimidated by the size of the mountain but it’s totally doable if you have a reasonable leave of fitness. Such a beautiful hike! I highly recommend organising a hike with this company. My correspondence with Riaan while organising the hike was easy and he was very responsive. Our guide Mike was excellent, in addition to feeling very safe with him he was very knowledgeable about vegetation etc on the mountain which made the hike very interesting.
      Written 7 March 2024
    • Edinburgh186525
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      Would definitely use again
      Great communication from initial enquiry email. We would have just done main route to top but on reply Riaan asked our fitness levels and recommended a longer, more scenic hike (Kasteelsport). We are so glad we opted for that hike. Average time stated as 4-4.5hrs but took us just under 3 hours. Modest hike but initial hour was large steps most of the way, climbing 700m (of the total 1,000m), so uphill continuously. Great for us but just to note for others. The next 2 hours is a more gradual easy climb. Price was definitely reasonable, especially compared to a couple of others we checked. Also, offered pick-up / drop-off from hotel in Cape Town. Steph – our guide, was lovely and chatty and knowledgeable. If we go back to Cape Town we would definitely use Hike Table Mountain again.
      Written 28 February 2024
    • Navigate68553661906
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      I had a great time and highly recommend the tour My guide was Mike and ended up asking for him for another tour as well. He was very knowledgeable and overall a really friendly guy. Hands down best tour of my trip and glad l did it
      Written 27 February 2024
    • spicysoup
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great day walks on Table Mountain
      We hiked Kasteelspoort with Steph and Skeleton Gorge with Mike. Two great trails, two brilliant, patient and wonderfully relaxed guides. We have a strong interest in botany so we booked private hikes and they were really keen to satisfy our goals of seeing the stunning orchids in bloom. Everything impressed us about Hike Table Mountain. The detail and quality of their information online was second to none and from the first contact with Riaan and the efficiency with which he put our 2 days together we knew that we would be in good hands. Neither trail is a ‘walk in the park’ but nor did we find them overly tough (we love walking, late 40s/early 50s). No one tried to hurry us along. Kasteelspoort was the slightly easier of the two, and more panoramic while Skeleton Gorge started in stunning Kirstenbosch, with a stronger focus on the native forest and plants of the National Park. Being led by Steph and Mike meant we were able to completely relax and enjoy the experience without worrying about losing our way. Very early starts yes but to be out at dawn on both days only added to the magic. We met very few people along the way compared with at the cable car station. Indeed we feel very lucky to have experienced a very different side of a visit to Table Mountain, much more rewarding than just going up and down in the cable car.
      Written 18 February 2024
    • 206liamd
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      Excellent!!
      Excellent morning with Mike guiding us up India Vester Route. Really knowledgable and friendly, lovely atmosphere the whole way. Really useful to be picked up and dropped off from accommodation as I didn’t have a car in Cape Town. Highly recommend!!!
      Written 3 February 2024
    • C8104NPrachelm
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      Wonderful hike with an amazing guide
      The hike was fantastic, we were collected at 5.15am for a sunrise hike up the Gorge. Our wonderful guide Hendre was full of information and encouragement I couldn't praise her enough. As a 53 year old female doing the hike with two 25 year olds I was a bit apprehensive but Hendre brought up the rear with me and the lads powered ahead. I was the lucky one though, as I got all the info 😀
      Written 3 January 2024
    • SabSingh
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      The best guide you’ll find in Cape Town
      My partner and I did the India Venster route up the mountain, and Riaan guided us up. He was a fantastic guide. The route can be dangerous but with a guide as experienced and knowledgeable as Riaan, you will be in very safe hands. The whole experience was challenging and great fun, and the views as we went up the mountain were stunning. It was the highlight of our 10 day stay in Cape Town. Many thanks, Riaan!
      Written 1 January 2024
    • Mark N
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      A must to experience when in Cape Town.
      I booked solo but hiked with another family up the India Venster. Hendre was extremely experienced and knowledgable of the terrain. The hike is fairly challenging if in good shape. Flora and fauna were spotted and discussed all the way adding a real local feel to the hike. The views were stunning even with the strong Easterly wind and intermittent cloud. Check the winds as the cable car will not be in use if they are too strong. A great experience, thank you to Hendre for the knowledge and knowing a parent of a student I taught in Switzerland! Small world!!
      Written 1 January 2024
    • jarc0b
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      Awesome hike with Mike
      Great hike with our guide Mike. Very nice guy with a lot of knowledge about the hike, the plants, animals and the entire CT region. We had a wonderful morning doing the Kasteelpoort hike which was quite strenuous but very much worth it. Definitely recommend this organization.
      Written 26 December 2023
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    oechssan
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020
    We hiked up Table Mountain via the India Venster route with Riian as our tour guide. It was one of the best things we have done during our stay in South Africa! Riian made our small group feel safe during the whole hike and entertained us with his great sense of humour at the same time. We learnt so much about the history of the mountain and the wildlife there. I can’t recommend this more, it is an adventure you shouldn't miss! Chris & Sandra
    Written 13 January 2020
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    Manuel A
    Montreal, Canada21 contributions
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    The India Venster hike was a great experience. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to experience Table Mountain away from the crowd. Mike was a great guide, made me feel safe even tough I have little to no experience in hike/rock climbing.
    Ps: you need a guide and a good level of fitness for this experience
    Written 12 February 2020
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    alohaceline
    Zurich, Switzerland11 contributions
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    Feb 2022
    We booked this hike at the last minute. Riaan responded very quickly to our request, was incredibly helpful and advised us very well (what the route would be, what to bring, updates on the weather forecast).
    With his positive, calm and professional manner, he made sure that everyone in the group felt comfortable and was able to tackle the more difficult parts without any problem. During the climb you have fantastic views and Riaan complements this fabulous experience with his great knowledge of Table Mountain, fauna and flora.

    We would go on a hike with Riaan again anytime and recommend this activity to every hiking enthusiastic Cape Town visitor. Looking forward to our next hike with Riaan!
    Written 28 February 2022
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    Tracy G
    Ann Arbor, MI13 contributions
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    Oct 2021
    I just finished a hike up India Venster with Riaan. He provided great counsel leading up to the hike (which route was best suited for me, moving the date when the report said winds would be too high on our originally scheduled day, what to bring and what to expect). And he paced himself the entire time to ensure that I was never felt rushed but never felt pampered. We worked to get to that summit and it felt great to reach it. Riaan is a font of knowledge about Table Mountain and kept me entertained the whole hike with stories about our route but also with tales of the history and special features of the mountain. He paid particular attention to safety, especially with the few potentially challenging (piece of cake!) sections. I'd go up again with him in a heart beat.
    Written 5 October 2021
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    Rawi F
    London, UK19 contributions
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    First off, service up to the hike was fantastic, with Riaan being very responsive to emails and questions right up to the booking, and all the information and pick up times very clearly communicated.

    As for the hike itself, amazing. The scenery is beautiful, our group was pretty well matched in pace and with the good guiding the India Venster route was actually easier than I expected. Speaking of, Hendre was both an excellent guide and just a really great hiking partner, good-natured, conversational, and fun, keeping a good pace up the mountain and regularly offering to take photos at the viewpoints.

    Would not hesitate to recommend these guys for anyone looking to hike table mountain, and would definitely use them again if the opportunity arose!
    Written 6 February 2020
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    Kanak Puri
    Thimphu, Bhutan6 contributions
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    Dec 2019
    Great fun doing this hike with Riaan last month!

    The route itself is incredibly scenic with panoramic views of the city / bay. It's straight uphill all the way interspersed with a few scrambles and shimmy's that add some drama to the climb.

    Riaan is super cool and totally makes you feel at ease - knows the mountain and its moods like the back of his hand + keep things lively with plenty of lore, anecdotes and stories!

    Highly recommend the climb and Riaan all the way :-)
    Written 6 January 2020
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    SandyGee45
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    Apr 2021 • Family
    This was a truly memorable hike with Riaan from Hike table mountain! Riaan is a world class guide, he made us feel totally comfortable and very safe on the slightly more challenging sections of the hike. He is also incredibly knowledgeable about the history of table mountain and the fauna and flora. We will be most definitely be back to do another hike with Riaan!
    Written 15 April 2021
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    Jess
    Jersey, UK2 contributions
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    Feb 2020
    As a solo climber, I was put into a group with a few other people to climb the India Venster route along with our fascinating guide Riaan in early February 2020. Riaan was knowledgable, enthusiastic and such a friendly person, kind enough to pick myself and some other walkers up in the morning, and dropping us back after we had got the cable car back down. Watching the sunrise and seeing such stunning views made the early start more than worth it. Can't recommend Riaan and his team enough, looking forward to hopefully making a return to Cape Town some day soon and tackling a more challenging route with the team!
    Written 14 February 2020
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    Alex m
    5 contributions
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    Nov 2022
    a truly memorable experience! this is a fabulous way to explore and climb table mountain with exceptional views of the city, camps bay and the peninsular. our guide Hendre was fantastic and made what seemed to us at times a very challenging climb safe and well within our level of ability. i would definitely recommend Riaan's team for anyone wanting to climb the mountain - it is well worth the fare! thank you again Hendre!

    Alex and Nikki
    Written 14 November 2022
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    BEonVacation
    Connecticut128 contributions
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    May 2021
    Don't cheat and go up the cable car, the best way to experience Table Mountain is to hike! The hiking route has better views than the summit and allows for more time to immerse yourself in Table Mountain's impressive beauty. We did the India Venster route up and Cable Car down; it took about 4 hours and is a moderate workout for someone fit. Be prepared to pull yourself up a few steep ledges (this adds to the thrill) and consider a different route if you are terrified of heights.

    Get a professional guide so you can relax and enjoy the ride. Riaan made it a fun, stress-free hike by leading us through the route (it would be easy to get lost), stopping at the best picture stops, and all the while sharing good stories about the hike, the mountain, and Cape Town.

    This hike with Riaan was the highlight of our time in Cape Town. Don't miss it!
    Written 6 June 2021
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