Table Mountain and the Valley of the Red Gods
From Corridor Ravine to Kasteelspoort
Duration: +/- 6 hours
Cost: R1800pp (1 person)
R950pp (2 people)
R380pp(children under 12y)
Free (children under 5y)
Included: Experienced and qualified mountain guide in English, Italian and/or German language.
A cup of tea or coffee and charcuterie
Excluded: hiking gears, cableway ticket down
Transport: pick up can be arranged
Meeting Point: 12 Theresa Avenue, Bakoven, Camps Bay
Start Time: 8am in winter (Apr-Sep)
7am in summer (Oct-Mar)
Lunch: lunch pack(on request R130)
Difficulty: moderate to strenuous
What to expect: a qualified guide will assist on the route and lead you on top of the mountain to ensure you will get the best experience and knowledge of South Africa’s history, nature and culture.
The route starts from Camps Bay, gradually along a jeep track, known as the old Pipe Track and it goes up through Kasteelspoort. It is +/- 1.5 hours walking up a beautiful ravine, with the sound of water flowing on the background and stunning views of Lion's Head and the Atlantic seaboard. The ascent becomes steeper until we reach the lower plateau of the mountain, where the old cable car ruins are with great photo opportunity from the famous ‘Diving Board Rock’.
We will explore the amphitheater, where the Valley of the Red Gods is—closed in on all sides, it is a green gem on the mountain. Afterwards, we will approach Echo Valley, where we will have a picnic, facing the spectacular Silvermine and Hout Bay in the distance.
If the cable car is closed and unable to reach Table Mountain upper plateau, we will descend through Corridor Ravine, a small indigenous forest on the Twelve Apostles. We will be surrounded by trees, Fynbos and its endemic birds along the path, with beautiful views of Cape Point and Hout Bay in the distance.
What to wear:
Comfortable footwear (hiking boots or running shoes)
The weather is unpredictable in the mountain so please bring a raincoat and wear layers of clothes, so you can take off and on.
Walking poles can be useful to not put strength on knees and ankles (optional)
Water (at least 1 litre if it is a hot day even more, a cup every 60 minutes)
Sunblock, daypack, camera and hat in summer
Long pants, beanie and gloves in winter
Rules to follow on route:
Do not litter
Do not be too noisy
Do not pick up flowers
Do not trample vegetation
Do not interfere with the wildlife
Do not light fires
Do not play music
Always be prepared for bad weather
Never split up from the group
Have your cell phone fully charged