Kasteelspoort Hike on Table Mountain

Kasteelspoort hiking trail is one of the popular hiking trails up Table Mountain. Majority of the route is unshaded so you will have the most amazing views of Camp’s Bay and Lion’s Head. That being said, start the hike as early or late as possible so you won’t catch the sun at its worst time. This has been one of the most difficult hikes I have ever done so please be prepared. Enjoy the route, the views, take many photos and regular breaks.

Once you have reached the top of the mountain you have a couple of choices where you can go. You can choose between the ledges (Old Cableway Lookout Point), as seen below or visit the reservoirs.

On your way down you can either take the Cable Car or hike down one of the other routes such as Skeleton Gorge, Platteklip Gorge or Suikerbossie.

Details of Kasteelspoort Hike

Time

± 5-6 Hours

Distance

± 10.5 KM

Difficulty

Difficult

Terrain

Single rocky track, steps and very steep sections.

How to find Kasteelspoort

  • There are a couple of other ways to go up Kasteelspoort but we followed this route:

    • Park your car at Kloofnek Parking Lot in Tafelberg Road. 
    • Follow the well-known Pipe Track (also known as Kloof Nek) route for about 3KM (1 hour).
    • You will see a notice board directing you to Kasteelspoort up the mountain.
    • Follow the route all the way up. This is the most difficult part of the hike. 
    • There are notice boards on top of the mountain directing you to the ledge (Old Cableway Lookout View Point), reservoir etc. 
  • Water– Take at least 2L with you.
  • Snacks – Fill your backpack with snacks and water especially if you want to have a picnic and enjoy the city view.
  • Hiking Shoes – Wear hiking boots or trainers with good grip as there is a bit of climbing and few steep paths.
  • Hat and Sunblock – The majority of the route is exposed to sun. Try to start the hike early to avoid the midday sun.
  • Camera or Smartphone – The scenery, flowers and city views are incredible so definitely worth it to capture the moments.
  • This hike is not for beginners and therefore I wouldn’t advise children below 12 years of age.
  • I personally don’t feel this hike is pet-friendly because it is so tough but we did see 2 dogs that passed us. 
  • There has been reports of muggings so be vigilant.
  • Five hikers were stabbed on the other side of the mountain while we did this hike. 
  • Don’t hike alone – Try to get a group of 5+ together.
  • If threatened, do not resist.
  • Table Mountain National Park: 0861 106 417
  • SAPS: 10111