You wouldn’t exactly call Cape Town’s made-for-postcards mountain a “hidden gem”, since it’s kind of hard to miss. But while many are familiar with its iconic image, those who choose to explore the mountain’s lush reserve by foot, rather than joining legions of tourists aboard the cable car, will discover its true majesty.
No doubt the views from its summit are spectacular, but the old adage “the journey is the destination” certainly applies here. The multitude of trails that wind their way around the mountain (not all actually go to the top) include day and overnight hikes, and range from gentle, forested trails to endurance-testing rock-scrambling adventures.
Here is your essential guide to the best Table Mountain hiking trails.