Kasteelpoort Hiking Trail - Secret Cape Town

In the Mother City, there are seemingly endless hiking trails options. We’re going to go out on a limb to say that Kasteelspoort is one of the best hiking trails you can use to reach the top of Table Mountain. Here are a few reasons why. 

The Breathtaking View

The Camps Bay side view of Table Mountain is moderately unappreciated, and you won’t get to enjoy it if you opt to use the cableway. At the halfway point your views will include the Atlantic Ocean, Camps Bay, and Lion’s head. On a clear, sunny day you can see all the way out to Robben Island.

The Climbing Route to the Top of Table Mountain

Making your way up Kasteelspoort is a serious workout, but of course with the consolation of the beautiful backdrop. It’s a great challenging climb. It is moderately difficult but beginners with a good fitness level can still try it out.  This trail has very little exposure to edges or heights and has a stair-like terrain. After the midway point, there is more leveled terrain. 

The Picturesque Summit 

When you reach the top of Table Mountain, you will find the remains of the old cableway station.  This station was used to deliver construction materials up the mountain when the dams were under construction in the 1800’s. One of the most interesting parts of the peak is the protruding rock formation on the mountainside referred to as the diving board. You can take some epic pictures if the weather is calm and not too windy. 

When is the Best Time to Hike? 

Early in the morning, the Kasteelspoort trail is shaded and starts to receive direct sunlight by mid-morning. . So, it’s highly recommended that hikers start early in the morning during the hot summer months, preferably between 5:30 to 6:30 am. You’ll get to see the gorgeous sun rise, while viewing the city from the top of Table Mountain. 

How to Prepare 

What to bring: 

  • Snacks and water 
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Comfortable shoes 
  • Light jacket
  • Sunscreen 
  • Hat 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Camera 

Important Information: 

  • Anyone with a reasonable level of fitness can try this hike 
  • People with heart ailments are not recommended to go on this hike 
  • People with respiratory illnesses are not recommended to go on this hike 
  • Children aged 16 and above can try this hike 
  • Hikers can take the cable car down