CAPE TOWN HIKING VACATIONS? - WHAT'S IT LIKE?
A guided walk on Table Mountain is a definite ‘to do’ on any Cape Town hiking holiday. Our guided trails in Cape Town take place in the expansive Table Mountain Nature Reserve which manages the natural treasures from Cape Point as it juts dramatically into the Atlantic ocean in the South right up to the heights of Table Mountain. The views are exquisite & the biodiversity unmatched. The Cape Floristic Region is a World Heritage Site not only for the incredible natural beauty & extensive history but because of the 1000’s of indigenous plants many of which are endemic to the park. Proteas & fynbos create a unique floral landscape found nowhere else while the ocean adds a vibrant energy to this special landscape.
A visit to the Cape wine lands is definitely recommended and we offer magnificent hikes in the Jonkershoek mountains that tower over Stellenbosch and Franschoek. Of course the award winning wines and excellent cuisine of the region should be give equal attention!
A little further from Cape Town you are able to enjoy -arguably – some of the best hiking trails in the Cape Town area. The Kogelberg Biosphere is known as the heartland of the Cape floral region and it’s scenic diversity make it a spectacular destination for hikes. On the other hand, a little further North and you’ll enter the Cederberg Wilderness area with it’s dramatic rock formations and pristine mountain trails.
WHEN TO GO? - ALL YEAR ROUND
Cape Town has a Mediterranean-style climate: warm dry summers and cool wet winters. The annual average temperature in Cape Town is a delightful 17 degrees. Typically you can expect:
SPRING- September, October, Mid November. With mild temperatures and short spring showers that bring on the flowers spring in Cape Town is colourful and lovely. Day temperatures in the low 20’s.
SUMMER- End of November to March. The highest day temperatures are in February and March, often in the 30’s with warm clear nights. It is the driest season in Cape Town. Feb & March being the hottest.
AUTUMN -April and May. Fairly stable crisp weather with some rains, the temperatures are mild in the 20’s (Celcius) It’s beautiful hiking weather, cool in the mornings with clear night skies.
WINTER -June to end of August. Powerful cold fronts bring Cape Town’s wet weather, but they normally only last a day or two. The rest of the ‘Secret season’ is clear, crisp & lovely! Day temps 15C – 20C
ON TRAIL IN CAPE TOWN....
The trails on Table Mountain are taxing but rewarding. Some routes are very exposed to the sun which is a consideration for hot days. You may consider hiking up and taking the cable car down or vice versa. Please note that the weather – wind, mist, rain storms – can move in with dramatic speed on Table mountain, in which case the cable car is no longer used and descent will be on foot.
The walks at Cape Point are generally easier but by no means less magnificent, while the Cedarberg has harsher conditions with some tough walking. There is a perfect Cape hiking trip for you though, just let us know what your preferences are!