I knew I was visiting Cape Town for work in February 2012 and wanted to take the opportunity of walking up/down Table Mountain. As a visitor, I looked for a guide, and though I tried a number of companies, it was Margaret Curran of Table Mountain Walks who seemed to me to be the most credible. She has an extensive knowledge of almost every aspect of the mountain, she's been up it well over a thousand times, and her world-wide walking CV is exceptional. What a good choice that all turned out to be. We headed up the mountain with Margaret, plus 5 of us, going via the Kasteelspoort route - which is so much more interesting than, say, the long, unrelenting drudge up Platteklip. She paced us extremely well, kept us informed throughout, was charming, professional, and highly capable. There was not one of us in the group who regretted our choice of Table Mountain Walks and Margaret. As for the walk itself, it was hard but achievable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. I went down via Plattekip which was, on a Sunday, full of walkers, and as I looked back up the Gorge, I was so pleased we had used a different route to get up the hill (though without a guide I doubt I'd have found the Kasteelspoort route we took). When at the top, we walked over to Maclears Beacon, and that extra stretch set the seal on a great day out. If you're reasonably fit, and a little adventurous, bin the cable car and hike up to the top yourself. It will turn a good day out into one that is so special you'll remember it for the rest of your life.
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