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Kasteelspoort is a popular hiking route from the Twelve Apostles side of Table Mountain all the way to the cable station. The route is steep with a few minor rock scrambles, but it has very little exposure to heights. This route is one of the easier and picturesque walks up the renowned mountain. Along the way are remarkable cliff faces and thick fynbos. Upon reaching the top, the most spectacular views will unfold before your eyes.
The Kasteelpoort route is famous for the “diving board” which is a flat granite rock hanging out of the mountainside. This famous rock is a must-visit spot along the route as it allows fantastic photo opportunities and offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and Camps Bay. Taking a photo on the “diving board” is, however, not for the faint-hearted because the height can be overwhelming. It is also not safe on windy days.
The “diving board” is easy to find as it is located just past a large flat rock called the “breakfast rock”. This is where the ruins of the old cable station are located. The old cableway transported the equipment for the building of the reservoirs in the late 1800’s. To reach the “diving board” it will take anywhere between two to four hours, depending on your pace.
If you can dare to take one of the best Instagram opportunities on the Table Mountain, consider hiking up the Kasteelspoort route. The “diving board” has been included in the Big 7 Travel list of “50 Most Instagrammable Spots In South Africa“