Activities

There are many hiking trails within the park that cater to a wide variety of visitors – from those wanting a short leisurely stroll to those seeking a longer more strenuous outing.Points to remember:
Please plan ahead and prepare for the worst weather conditions.
Please use the properly constructed, and sign-posted, footpaths.
Please do not walk alone.
Please take only pictures and leave only footprints.
The publication Approved paths on Table Mountain is available at commercial outlets. Maps of approved footpaths for the southern sections of the Cape Peninsula will be available shortly.Popular, and, safe routes up Table mountain include (do not attempt these routes without a good map):
Platteklip Gorge (strenuous)
Nursery Ravine (strenuous)
Skeleton Gorge (strenuous)
Kasteelspoort (strenuous)
Constantia Corner (moderate)

There are exceptional, moderate to easy, walks available on the Constantiaberg, Silvermine and Cape of Good Hope (see popular publications for more information on walks in the mountains of the Cape Peninsula).

An overnight (1 night) trail is available at the Cape of Good Hope (phone: Buffelsfontein on 021 780 9204 for booking). Available throughout the week and accomodates 18 people. R88/person. More information is available from the Hiking Trail Brochure page.

Please note that dogs must always be under the control of the owner. Dogs are not allowed in the Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens, Oudekraal picnic area, Boulders penguin colony, Cape of Good Hope area, Orangekloof and the Grootkop area of the Twelve Apostles.
Mountain Climbing
There are a number of approved climbing routes. Please contact the Mountain Club of South Africa for further details (Tel: 465-3412)
Hang gliding/Parasailing
There are two Park-approved launch sites (please contact Environmental Management for further details):

Lions Head
Silvermine
Abseiling
Commercial abseiling adventures are available.
Marine-based activities
Spectacular beaches abound for the sun-seekers.The many beaches and reefs around the Peninsula also mean that surfing is possible year-round.

There is however also no shortage of wind around the Cape Peninsula providing ample opportunity for wind-surfing and sailing.

The clear waters of the Cape Peninsula coastline provide excellent scuba and snorkelling conditions, although a wetsuit is necessary to ward off the cold. Several dive operators on the Peninsula offer training and hire equipment. Angling is also a very popular pastime though please note that there are seasonal and area restrictions determining when, where and what marine resources may be caught (this information is available at the information centres).

Several commercial operators offer boat trips around the Peninsula.

A number of tidal pools provide safe swimming, three of these currently being managed by the Park – Oudekraal, and Bordjiesrif and Buffels Bay at Cape Point.

Daily newspaper and radio reports provide information on the best places for these activities, depending on prevailing weather conditions.
Mountain Biking
Several approved mountain bike trails exist within the park for mountain bikers. These trails are limited to existing jeep tracks or roads only.

Tokai Forest –  managed by SAFCOL
Silvermine east – follow signposting
Below Tafelberg Road – Kloof Nek to Mowbray ridge
Cape of Good Hope – all hardened surfaces
Horse Riding
There are several approved bridle paths in the park:

Tokai Forest and Cecilia Forest –  managed by SAFCOL
Karbonkelberg
Noordhoek Beach

Commercial operators and stables offer horse riding tours and may hire out horses.