Hike Table Mountain with Justin

Cape Town, South Africa

Experience hosted by Justin

  1. 4.5 hours
  2. Hosted in English

What you'll do

Pull on your trail shoes and join me, Justin Hawthorne, for an epic day hiking and scrambling up the iconic Table Mountain, a "New 7 Wonder of Nature" and truly unbeatable Cape Town experience!

This is an incredible off-the-beaten-track hike with breathtaking views & scenery but it is demanding in terms of being strenuous (760 m / 2500 foot elevation gain), some exposure to heights (sheer vertical drops) & technical hiking (using your hands to scramble rock pitches, and rugged trail) - that's where I as a guide add peace-of-mind in walking you through the adventurous spots.

During the hike we'll discuss the local fauna & flora that occurs here. Some days we'll get treated to wildlife sightings such as the infamous Himalayan Tahr, a charismatic Caracal or an agile Klipspringer, but the focus will be on the world-renowned vegetation covering the mountain slopes - FYNBOS! This is a nature experience where you will have the chance to come away with a good understanding of the rich biodiversity found within the Cape Floristic Region - a UNESCO World Heritage Site in itself.

After reaching the flat topped summit we will descend via cable car (R210 per person), or if it is not operating due to high wind we will have to hike down an alternate route.

If an immersive nature-focused mountain adventure is what you're looking for - this is the hike for you!
Pull on your trail shoes and join me, Justin Hawthorne, for an epic day hiking and scrambling up the iconic Table Mountain, a "New 7 Wonder of Nature" and truly unbeatable Cape Town experience!

This is an incredible off-the-beaten-track hike with breathtaking views & scenery but it is demanding in terms of being strenuous (760 m / 2500 foot elevation gain), some exposure to heights (sheer vertical drops) & technical hiking (using your…

What's included

  • Drinks
    I'll be bringing a flask of locally roasted coffee and/or rooibos tea

Meet your Host, Justin

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 36 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Growing up within the boundaries of the incredible Table Mountain National Park I had the mountains of Silvermine as my literal backyard. This is where my love for the Table Mountain range all began!

Fast forward 30 years and today I'm a full-time mountain guide in the Western Cape with professional accreditation by the legal bodies in South Africa after starting out in 2007 as a volunteer guide with school children.

Sharing my love for nature by leading interpretive nature trails & adventurous hikes across the fynbos covered mountains of the Cape allows me to live out my passion daily.

Check out my IG @justinhawthorne

I've completed "Supporting the Safety of Women | Travelers & Hosts" seminar facilitated by the National Network to End Domestic Violence (October 5th, 2019)
Growing up within the boundaries of the incredible Table Mountain National Park I had the mountains of Silvermine as my literal backyard. This is where my love for the Table Mountain range all began!

Fast forward 30 years and today I'm a full-time mountain guide in the Western Cape with professional accreditation by the legal bodies in South Africa after starting out in 2007 as a volunteer guide with school children.

Sharing my love for nature by leading interpretive natur…
To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app. Learn more

From $41/ person

$41 per person
$41 per person
$41 per person

Where you'll be

We ascend Table Mountain to reach the Upper Cable Station (1067m ASL), one of the "New 7 Wonders of Nature", and aim to take the cable car down.

If the cableway is not operating due to high wind we will have to hike down a different trail which could add an additional 1hr 30min.

Views of Lion's Head, Table Mountain, the 12 Apostles & the City Bowl of Cape Town are all possible should there be no clouds on the summit!

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 36 reviews.

Edmarie
November 2021
This will for sure be one of the highlights of our trip. I highly recommend this adventure. Justin was very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna of Table Mountain, and it was noticeable that he enjoyed hiking and sharing what he knows. He’s also very friendly. My husband and I are fit but we do not hike, and Justin was very patient at helping us navigate the path at a pace that was comfortable for us. It was a lot of fun!
Richard
May 2019
This is an amazing hiking experience with Justin. The challenge of climbing pitches hiking along exposed single track matched with amazing views is exhilarating. Justin knows every plant on the mountain and he taught me a lot about the local fauna. I highly recommend this hike to anyone who wants to get off the beaten track. Probably best to be in shape.
Xavier
January 2019
Justin was passionate, competent and didactic during this technical hike. He made sure to lead us through the harder parts and showed us amazing sights. Also made sure to have all the necessary snacks and beverages. He was patient and even gave us a ride back which was very generous. Great guide!
Ian
January 2019
Justin was an absolutely amazing guide for our hike up Devils Peak. He is extremely knowledgable of the history, geography, flora and fauna of Table Mountain National Park. Truly wish we had time for an additional hike with Justin. An absolute must do for any adventure seeker and/or nature enthusiast. Thanks again Justin for an unforgettable day on the mountain.
Kevin
December 2018
This excursion with Justin was astounding! I love to hike, and I’m in moderately good+ shape, but I didn’t want to tackle this one by myself; Justin was the perfect guide. It is obvious how much loves his home, and he is a warehouse of knowledge about the biomes of the area. He is thorough and thoughtful—as a teacher, finding and explaining that beautiful native plant life, and as a guide, pointing out what I should avoid along the trails and giving demonstrations and real-time advice for the tougher ascents. When someone loves the mountain as much as Justin does, it’s very inspirational to the newcomer to hike the responsible way and want to do your part to keep Cape Town as pristine as she can be. Communication was Justin ahead of the hike was helpful and accurate. He was friendly, helpful, and good natured on the hike itself. This helped me start my Cape Town visit with a bang and set the tone for an incredible week!
Michelle
October 2018
I hurt my back just before the hike, but Justin was so accommodating to fit a hike around my needs. Could not have asked for a better experience, and was so happy with what I was able to complete with Justin. I felt comfortable hiking with him, easy conversation and his knowledge on the flora and fauna and the mountains was next to none, was so interesting. Next time I'm in Cape Town I will definitely be in touch with him for more hikes (this time injury free) - thanks Justin, you put the cherry on top of my holiday, and I'm so grateful for your time and flexibility!

Choose from available dates

8 available
1 of 2 pages

Activity advisory

Expert industry partners
We partnered with the Adventure Travel Trade Association, experts in adventure travel, to define best practices and standards for safety.
Know your comfort level
Please note outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 16 and up can attend.

What to bring

Backpack to carry gear & food and drinks

Suitable trail shoes / hiking boots