Hiking up Kasteelpoort (start with the Pipe Track) above the Atlantic Ocean and Camps Bay on a less congested route. You’ll be treated to magnificent views, unique photo opportunities, and a visit to the site anchor remains of the first cable way.

The hike up can take anywhere between 3 to 4 hours depending on your pace.

Once at the top, cross the Valley of the Red Gods and Echo Valley to get to the Table Mountain Aerial Cable Way, or alternatively past 2 of the “dams/reservoirs”, using Kitchen Ravine, through Echo Valley and up to the top table.

It’s a picturesque walk up and you’ll want to take plenty of water breaks to enjoy the view. You’ll have the opportunity to marvel at the Twelve Apostles, Lion’s Head, the ocean and Robben Island on a clear day. In the early morning, you’ll be shaded from the sun by the mountain, making this hike pleasant even on warmer days.

The Pipe Track is precisely what it says: a path constructed to service a pipeline running below the series of peaks known as the Twelve Apostles. This pipeline was built to carry water from Disa Gorge in Table Mountain’s Back Table, via the Woodhead Tunnel through the mountain into Slangolie Ravine, to the Molteno Reservoir in Oranjezicht to help quench the thirst of the booming, late 19th century Cape Town.

In several places the path is very stony, but it is an easily accessible and popular walk, with many locals making regular use of certain sections; it is part of the Atlantic seaboard way of life.