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The Best Hiking Trails in Western Cape (South Africa)

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Photo of Lion's Head with Detour to the Veranda and Wally's Cave - (Table Mountain National Park/ Cape Town) Photo of Skeleton Gorge to Maclears Beacon, down Platteklip Gorge and contour to Lower Cable Station - Table Mountain (Cape Town) Photo of Terblans Yellow Bushpig Nature Walk - Gouna (Knysna Forest)
  • near Higgovale, Western Cape (South Africa)
    Distance
    3.73mi
    Elevation +
    1266f
    TrailRank
    81| Rating 4.84
    Photo of Lion's Head with Detour to the Veranda and Wally's Cave - (Table Mountain National Park/ Cape Town) Photo of Lion's Head with Detour to the Veranda and Wally's Cave - (Table Mountain National Park/ Cape Town) Photo of Lion's Head with Detour to the Veranda and Wally's Cave - (Table Mountain National Park/ Cape Town)

    Lion's Head! Named as such by the Dutch in the 17th century because the mountain resembles a Lion or Sphinx with signal hill being the body. It's an iconic trail and very likely the most walked day hike/trail in South Af...

    Wally’s cave was very cool, would recommend.
    Thomas Missault
    Lions head is a classic, everyone must do this hike at least once. The trail isn't too long or difficult and can be done...
    Maxime Yates
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  • near Bishopscourt, Western Cape (South Africa)
    Distance
    8.14mi
    Elevation +
    3862f
    TrailRank
    79| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Skeleton Gorge to Maclears Beacon, down Platteklip Gorge and contour to Lower Cable Station - Table Mountain (Cape Town) Photo of Skeleton Gorge to Maclears Beacon, down Platteklip Gorge and contour to Lower Cable Station - Table Mountain (Cape Town) Photo of Skeleton Gorge to Maclears Beacon, down Platteklip Gorge and contour to Lower Cable Station - Table Mountain (Cape Town)

    This one way variation of a Table Mountain climb starts at Kirstenbosch, after parking and entering the gardens (there may he an entrance fee depending on the route you take to the trailhead) it follows the signs up to s...

    Long trail but will need an Uber from the other side
    Thomas Missault
    Skeleton Gorge through the forest is still my favourite route up Table Mountain 😊 This route down hurts the knees and f...
    Maxime Yates
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  • near Gouna, Western Cape (South Africa)
    Distance
    3.73mi
    Elevation +
    686f
    TrailRank
    77| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Terblans Yellow Bushpig Nature Walk - Gouna (Knysna Forest) Photo of Terblans Yellow Bushpig Nature Walk - Gouna (Knysna Forest) Photo of Terblans Yellow Bushpig Nature Walk - Gouna (Knysna Forest)

    Starting and ending at grootdraai on Kom se pad in the Gouna region of the Knysna Forest. The trail starts with a descent down to a river and then followed by a sharp ascent of stairs thereafter the "hard" work for the d...

    Enjoyable forest trail
    Andre Eady
    Beautiful hike through the forest. Easy walk, well marked trail
    Maxime Yates
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  • near Vredehoek, Western Cape (Republic of South Africa)
    Distance
    3.57mi
    Elevation +
    1883f
    TrailRank
    76| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Devils Peak (Table Mountain National Park - Cape Town) Photo of Devils Peak (Table Mountain National Park - Cape Town) Photo of Devils Peak (Table Mountain National Park - Cape Town)

    Following the standard Route up and down Devils Peak from Tafelberg road. This route is well demarcated for most of the way up. Only near the summit does the trail split into different path options but the trigonometric ...

    Very scenic and easy to follow , thanks for the detailed description
    Rania Fahed
    Great trail, just take care of the sun in summer months
    Maxime Yates
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  • near Pringle Bay, Western Cape (South Africa)
    Distance
    4.16mi
    Elevation +
    1486f
    TrailRank
    76| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Cape Hangklip Climb - (Pringle Bay) Photo of Cape Hangklip Climb - (Pringle Bay) Photo of Cape Hangklip Climb - (Pringle Bay)

    Cape Hangklip climb is an easy to moderate route that has spectacular coastal views. The trail starts from a suburban road in Pringle Bay and follows the stream into the valley before ascending up to the summit. The trai...

    This trail is absolutely beautiful. The views over the sea with the surrounding mountains is really amazing. The path do...
    Maxime Yates
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  • near Kylemore, Western Cape (South Africa)
    Distance
    9.01mi
    Elevation +
    3668f
    TrailRank
    75| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Panorama Trail with detour to Guardian Peak/Sterrekykerskop - Jonkershoek NR (Stellenbosch) Photo of Panorama Trail with detour to Guardian Peak/Sterrekykerskop - Jonkershoek NR (Stellenbosch) Photo of Panorama Trail with detour to Guardian Peak/Sterrekykerskop - Jonkershoek NR (Stellenbosch)

    The ever popular Panorama circuit in Jonkershoek done in reverse with a detour to the summit of Guardian Peak or Sterrekykerskop. This is one of the most scenic trails around with vistas starting as soon as one parks and...

    Always a nice trail, good breaks between steep sections. Expect a long day out. Loads of good picnic spots with awesome ...
    Maxime Yates
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  • Montagu - Bloupunt Trial

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    near Montagu, Western Cape (Republic of South Africa)
    Distance
    8.85mi
    Elevation +
    3875f
    TrailRank
    75| Rating 3.0
    Photo of Montagu - Bloupunt Trial Photo of Montagu - Bloupunt Trial Photo of Montagu - Bloupunt Trial

    This is a nice hiking tour to the bloupunt summit in the Montagu Mountain Reserve. The Bloupunt mountain is just 1226 meters high. But you start something slightly higher than 200 meters above sea level. All in all, you...

    An easy and relatively accessible hiking trail into the high mountains. Dont though be fooled by this as it is a long tr...
    roadrunred
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  • near Franschhoek, Western Cape (South Africa)
    Distance
    5.75mi
    Elevation +
    2274f
    TrailRank
    75| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Du Toitskop Summit and Descent via Manganese and Uitkyk - (Mount Rochelle Franschhoek) Photo of Du Toitskop Summit and Descent via Manganese and Uitkyk - (Mount Rochelle Franschhoek) Photo of Du Toitskop Summit and Descent via Manganese and Uitkyk - (Mount Rochelle Franschhoek)

    This trail demarcated with signs and small yellow hiking boots spray painted on rocks ascends via the Vista and Dutoitskop path reaching Du Toitskop. The trail then descends down the the Manganese route to near the Uitky...

    A really great trail, not too difficult or steep but amazing views over Franschhoek
    Maxime Yates
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  • near Kuils River, Western Cape (South Africa)
    Distance
    4.66mi
    Elevation +
    787f
    TrailRank
    74| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Zevenwacht - Vineyard, Pine and Gable Loop - (Kuils River, Cape Town) Photo of Zevenwacht - Vineyard, Pine and Gable Loop - (Kuils River, Cape Town) Photo of Zevenwacht - Vineyard, Pine and Gable Loop - (Kuils River, Cape Town)

    A reverse variation of the Vine, Pine and Gable Trails at Zevenwacht Wine Estate, the standard Vine trail is approximately 5km and this variation takes it to 7.5km in total. The route starts in the parking lot under the ...

    Good Trail through some beautiful vineyards, can get hot and shade is limited to the start and end of the walk. You will...
    Maxime Yates
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  • near Kylemore, Western Cape (South Africa)
    Distance
    4.42mi
    Elevation +
    1168f
    TrailRank
    73| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Banghoek Waterfall - (Kylemore/Stellenbosch) Photo of Banghoek Waterfall - (Kylemore/Stellenbosch) Photo of Banghoek Waterfall - (Kylemore/Stellenbosch)

    This short walk is an easy to nagivigate trail to the Banghoek Waterfall. The trail starts at a parking lot and follows jeep tracks through the level foreground to the slopes of the Drakenstein range. Thereafter a well d...

    Nice easy walk to a beautiful waterfall. Take care on the ropes near the falls.
    Maxime Yates
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  • near Du Toitskloof, Western Cape (South Africa)
    Distance
    7.15mi
    Elevation +
    2379f
    TrailRank
    73| Rating 4.84
    Photo of Elands River trail to the Waterfall - Du Toitskloof (Paarl) Photo of Elands River trail to the Waterfall - Du Toitskloof (Paarl) Photo of Elands River trail to the Waterfall - Du Toitskloof (Paarl)

    This trail starts in Du Toitskloof and follows the trail along the Elands River to the official trail end, here we continued along the path before crossing the river and heading up the Waterfall kloof. The Waterfall at t...

    There is quite a long straightforward walk until you reach the actual Kloof. After the river crossing the view starts to...
    MadhafromMadha
    The waterfall is one of the most spectacular of all the hikes in the cape. The bouldering to get there can be challengin...
    Maxime Yates
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  • near Paarl, Western Cape (South Africa)
    Distance
    6.83mi
    Elevation +
    1129f
    TrailRank
    73| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Bretagne and Paarl Rock Loop - Paarlberg Nature Reserve (Paarl) Photo of Bretagne and Paarl Rock Loop - Paarlberg Nature Reserve (Paarl) Photo of Bretagne and Paarl Rock Loop - Paarlberg Nature Reserve (Paarl)

    Starting and ending at the Paarlberg main picnic site this trail mostly follows well established Jeep tracks through the nature reserve. The route initially winds up the Jeep track until a pay-point is reached this is wh...

    Very nice trail not difficult or technical at all, beautiful scenery and flowers. Hat and sunscreen essential in warmer ...
    Maxime Yates
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  • Muizenberg to Simon's Town

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    near Bailey’s Cottage, Western Cape (Republic of South Africa)
    Distance
    11.82mi
    Elevation +
    2267f
    TrailRank
    72| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Muizenberg to Simon's Town Photo of Muizenberg to Simon's Town Photo of Muizenberg to Simon's Town

    I was looking to explore the area so I took the train from Simon's Town to Muizenberg and then hiked back to the place where I was staying. It is a combination of some difficult climbing/descending (mostly at the start) ...

    👏👏👏
    amirhasan hosseini
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  • near Kylemore, Western Cape (South Africa)
    Distance
    4.10mi
    Elevation +
    830f
    TrailRank
    72| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Sosyskloof Loop - (Jonkershoek - Stellenbosch) Photo of Sosyskloof Loop - (Jonkershoek - Stellenbosch) Photo of Sosyskloof Loop - (Jonkershoek - Stellenbosch)

    Note that there is an entrance fee to enter Jonkershoek Nature reserve, wildcards don't pay but, at the time of writing, you will need to show your wildcard confirmation email or log into the wildcard website to prove th...

    The trail I suggested and everyone loved it ;). Very easy trail, Beautiful and well marked.
    Maxime Yates
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  • near Elsenburg, Western Cape (South Africa)
    Distance
    6.03mi
    Elevation +
    1115f
    TrailRank
    71| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Klapmutskop Climb from Delvera - (Stellenbosch/Klapmuts) Photo of Klapmutskop Climb from Delvera - (Stellenbosch/Klapmuts) Photo of Klapmutskop Climb from Delvera - (Stellenbosch/Klapmuts)

    This trail starting and ending at Delvera is an easy walk through the vineyards and then a short hike up to the 523m summit of Klapmutskop. Klapmutskop contains three botanical zones. On the lower slopes renosterveld giv...

    Such a beautiful hike, Easy to follow and the views over the autumn vineyards was spectacular.
    Maxime Yates
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  • Algeria Waterfall - (Cederberg)

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    near Cederberg, Western Cape (South Africa)
    Distance
    3.99mi
    Elevation +
    1220f
    TrailRank
    70| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Algeria Waterfall - (Cederberg) Photo of Algeria Waterfall - (Cederberg) Photo of Algeria Waterfall - (Cederberg)

    The standard Route up to the magestic Algeria Waterfall. This route starts at the Algeria camp site and heads straight up to the kloof visible in the distance before zigzaging up to a higher altitude and approaching the ...

    Amazing Waterfall!!
    Maxime Yates
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  • Helderberg Dome - (Somerset West)

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    near Vergelegen, Western Cape (South Africa)
    Distance
    8.34mi
    Elevation +
    4242f
    TrailRank
    70| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Helderberg Dome - (Somerset West) Photo of Helderberg Dome - (Somerset West) Photo of Helderberg Dome - (Somerset West)

    The climb uo to the Helderberg Dome starting at the Helderberg Nature reserve in Somerset West. The trail starts through the myraid of trails which split at the beginning. As long as you ascend you will be on a correct p...

    This trail was tough but very beautiful and rewarding
    Maxime Yates
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  • Maltese Cross - (Cederberg)

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    near Citrusdal, Western Cape (South Africa)
    Distance
    4.43mi
    Elevation +
    1434f
    TrailRank
    70| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Maltese Cross - (Cederberg) Photo of Maltese Cross - (Cederberg) Photo of Maltese Cross - (Cederberg)

    The Cederberg Maltese Cross hike, obtain a permit from Cederberg Wines just up the road, they will give you the combination to the gate lock. After setting the combination on the lock press the lock loop in and when you ...

    This path was easy to follow. The hike was relatively easy
    Maxime Yates
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  • near Nature’s Valley, Western Cape (Republic of South Africa)
    Distance
    8.82mi
    Elevation +
    1660f
    TrailRank
    70| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Nature’s Valley Salt River Rugpad loop Photo of Nature’s Valley Salt River Rugpad loop Photo of Nature’s Valley Salt River Rugpad loop

    A trail that begins with the salt river trail but then spilts to the Rugpad and loops through the forest before reaching the lookout of the Salt River. Finishing with a scramble over the blue rocks and a walk along the b...

    Amazing walk from natures valley, Beautiful scenery. If doing this trail in summer dont forget to bring a costume and sw...
    Maxime Yates
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  • near Klein Steenberg, Western Cape (South Africa)
    Distance
    5.98mi
    Elevation +
    1867f
    TrailRank
    69| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Constantiaberg and Elephants Eye Cave loop - (Silvermine Cape Town) Photo of Constantiaberg and Elephants Eye Cave loop - (Silvermine Cape Town) Photo of Constantiaberg and Elephants Eye Cave loop - (Silvermine Cape Town)

    The trail starting at Silvermine nature reserve heading up to elephants Eye Cave and then up to the summit of the Constantiaberg, the route down descends steeply with great views over hout bay and Chapmans Peak drive. Th...

    Amazing Views, trail is well defined except for the top around the tower
    Maxime Yates
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  • near Banghoek, Western Cape (South Africa)
    Distance
    8.58mi
    Elevation +
    2346f
    TrailRank
    68| Rating 4.67
    Photo of Saaltjie Hike - Jonkershoek (Stellenbosch) Photo of Saaltjie Hike - Jonkershoek (Stellenbosch) Photo of Saaltjie Hike - Jonkershoek (Stellenbosch)

    This trail starts and ends at the main entrance to Jonkershoek Nature reserve. It's a great alternative if the parking is full at the Waterfall and Swartboskloof trails. The trail makes its way up to the saddle (Saaltjie...

    Loved the viewpoint at Saaltjie, trail isn't all that straightforward
    Maxime Yates
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  • near Shoebury Heights, Western Cape (South Africa)
    Distance
    1.99mi
    Elevation +
    627f
    TrailRank
    67| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Eagles Nest Loop from Constantia Nek - (Constantia/ Cape Town) Photo of Eagles Nest Loop from Constantia Nek - (Constantia/ Cape Town) Photo of Eagles Nest Loop from Constantia Nek - (Constantia/ Cape Town)

    This quick and very easy trail is a great option for a sunset or sunrise walk or for anyone who is limited for time but wants to get a short trail done. Views from the Eagles nest are spectacular in all directions in par...

    Quick easy trail. Can be done in reverse and provides good views over the Constantia Winelands and a view to the sea
    Maxime Yates
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  • Gecko Trail Route A (official)

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    near Nuy Valley, Western Cape (Republic of South Africa)
    Distance
    9.53mi
    Elevation +
    2444f
    TrailRank
    67| Rating 4.34
    Photo of Gecko Trail Route A (official) Photo of Gecko Trail Route A (official) Photo of Gecko Trail Route A (official)

    The perfect wilderness hiking trail. It’s rough and tough but you find tranquility, remoteness and total solitude. The trail is a mix of Jeep track, narrow hiking tracks and quite a bit of scrambling. Avoid the hot summe...

    Great wilderness walk but, and unfortunately it’s a big but, on route C after the descent from Penhill’s saddle cairn, w...
    stephenf 1
    Amazing views and scenery walking on top of the Langeberg Mountains
    Ninon Roos
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  • near Paternoster, Western Cape (South Africa)
    Distance
    4.97mi
    Elevation +
    358f
    TrailRank
    67| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Cape Columbine Spring Flower Loop - West Coast (Paternoster) Photo of Cape Columbine Spring Flower Loop - West Coast (Paternoster) Photo of Cape Columbine Spring Flower Loop - West Coast (Paternoster)

    A short loop starting and ending at Sea Shack this loop follows the coast path and road until the point just after birthday bay before heading back via the upper road past the lighthouse and back down to sea Shack. If at...

    🙌🙌🙌
    Isandré Pienaar
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