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Table Mountain is much more than just a 1 086m-high, flat-topped sandstone outcrop that overlooks Cape Town. As the one of the seven New Wonders of the World, it is also the playground of thousands of hikers, bikers and paragliders who make the most of its varied terrain, incredible natural beauty and the face that it lies within an easy 10-minute drive of the city centre.

For four action-packed days, you will experience all sides of this dramatic and beloved mountain while receiving expert guidance and advice, as well as using top-of-the-range equipment. Push yourself to mountain-bike along well-maintained jeep tracks to the historic Block House and steep route to Plum Pudding, and plot a specialist hike that can start in world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and end at the welcome sight of the cable station, or tackle the Kasteelspoort route, which has stratospheric views over beautiful Camps Bay and the Twelve Apostles.

Then reward yourself with an activity that takes virtually no effort but promises maximum reward: a tandem paragliding leap off the slopes of Lion’s Head. Soaring above the Atlantic Seaboard, you will have bird’s eye views of Robben Island, the golden beaches of Clifton and the never-ending horizon of the sparkling Atlantic.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Expert guides for mountain-biking, hiking & paragliding
  • Convenient & comfortable accommodation in a vibrant neighbourhood
  • Wi-Fi & complimentary shuttle to V&A Waterfront
  • Access to spa & fully equipped gym

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Cape Town!

As you jet into Cape Town, your pilot points out Table Mountain as you come into land and you get your first taste of what to expect from one of the most-photographed ‘big rocks’ in the world. From Cape Town International Airport, the distinctive and iconic silhouette of Table Mountain - conjoined with Devil’s Peak to the left and Lion’s Head to the right – comes into view as you transfer to More Quarters Apartment Hotel.

Situated in the cosmopolitan and leafy city neighbourhood of Gardens, More Quarters lies at the foot of the mountain, and is the perfect combination of laid-back style and all the mod cons. Shrug off the jet lag with a soothing treatment in the spa and wellness centre or, if working up a sweat is more your bag, ask the concierge for running routes in the area or head off to the nearby Wembley Square Virgin Active gym.

Day 2

Get your boots on

After a refreshing night’s sleep, you are re-energised and eager to tackle the mountain by foot. Your guide can work out a specialist route that takes into consideration your fitness level, mobility and any keen interests you may have. Table Mountain National Park has a plethora of routes to excite even experienced hikers: start in Kirstenbosch and walk via Nursery Ravine, the spookily-named Skeleton Gorge (which is short but steep!) and the highest point at Maclear’s Beacon to end with a welcome ice-cold drink at the cableway, where you can either take the cable car down or descend by popular routes such as Platteklip Gorge. Or start at the Pipe Track in Camps Bay and wend your way up Kasteelspoort, one of the breath-taking gorges in the Twelve Apostles range that abuts Table Mountain.

Summer makes for great pre-dawn starts in the cool of the morning or balmy sunset strolls while the winter rains transform the mountain in an exciting landscape of gushing waterfalls and tumbling streams. Your guide will point out some of the flower highlights of the immense and botanically-rich Cape Floral Kingdom, like deeply-coloured crassulas, watsonias and ericas, not to mention incredible king and pincushion proteas. In addition, find caves, monuments, cabins and unexpected dams on your hike along with South African creatures like rock-hopping, sun-loving dassies and lizards.

Get a firsthand taste of the adventure with our video: African Adventure - Go Mountaineering

Day 3

Hit the track

Having found your bearings by exploring on foot the day before, you can now don your helmet and take to two wheels to get your adrenaline pumping. There are well-maintained mountain-bike tracks on Table Mountain that are free of dog walkers and hikers. Barrelling under shady pine trees and under the African sun, make your way to the old Block House on the slopes of Devil’s Peak, which will give you views over Table Bay and the city to Robben Island, as well as to the Southern Suburbs.

If you are keen to push yourself – and your guide! – set your mind to making it to stop known locally as Plum Pudding, which takes you up a challengingly steep route that calls for mental and physical willpower.

Get a firsthand taste of the adventure with our video: African Adventure - Go Mountain Biking

Day 4

Take the leap

If you have gone all out mountain biking the day before, today you get to sit back and relax – literally! But first, you have an easy half-spiral walk up Lion’s Head, one of the most-climbed peaks on the continent. A favourite with photographers wanting new angles of Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles, Lion’s Head is also popular with hikers.

From a shallow ‘runway’ overlooking Camps Bay, you are expertly secured to the tandem paragliding harness. A short run, a command to lift your legs and you are off: soaring peacefully above crescent beaches and turquoise water. Your guide will catch thermals to lift you higher or allow you to drift, patiently assessing the slight breeze to ensure you have a great flight. Gradually, once you have been mesmerised by seeing the Atlantic Seaboard from the air, you are brought down to soft lawns of the Sea Point Promenade, the perfect place to seek out a drink or take a stroll to breathe in the salty tang of the sea.

Get a firsthand taste of the adventure with our video: African Adventure - Go Paragliding

Day 5

Say farewell to the Mother City

Wake up this morning  and set out for one final walk to the shops or cafes that are just moments away from your accommodation. Stop at the multi-cultural market in Greenmarket Square for some last-minute gifts, a nearby coffee shop for a cup of barista coffee, or catch some sunshine on one of Cape Town's picturesque beaches.

And with one final look at Table Mountain as you climb into your private transfer to the aiport, remind yourself of the life-long memories you have made. The stunning views as you hiked across Table Mountain's top, the adrenalin rush as you raced around its base, and the feeling of flying like a bird as you paraglided off Lion's Head. 

Inclusions

  • 4 nights at More Quarters Apartments on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Return airport transfer from Cape Town International Aiport to More Quarters Apartments
  • Mountain Biking Tour
  • Full-day hike with The Fynbos Guy
  • Paragliding activity

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
Kiah Preyer

Kiah Preyer

Africa Safari Expert

"There's no better way to experience Cape Town than out in the fresh air surrounded by spectacular scenery. Skip the Cable Car on a hike up Table Mountain with Dom "The Fynbos Guy"; cruise along the coast on your bike; and take in unparalleled views over the Mother City from the sky."

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