Kasteelspoort

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Grading System:

Routes are graded A, B or C. Grades do not reflect how strenuous a route is, only the technical difficulty. An A-route involves walking, a B-route some scrambling and a C-route more demanding scrambling. +R500 for the group to have a privately guided hike or R500 single supplement where relevant. Prices are valid until May 1st 2021.

Grade: A+

Price: R1400p/p

Time: 5 to 6 hours

 

What’s included:

 

  • professional mountain guide
  • discovering local knowledge of flora & fauna
  • learning about historical reference points
  • safety & route navigation 

 

Excluded:

 

  • transport
  • cable car fee (R200p/p)
 

Overview: 

 

This tour is for the hikers who wishes to slow down and fully appreciate the natural surroundings; the flora, fauna and history. It is intimate and personal and focuses on immersion and learning about the Mountain, Cape Town and South Africa.

 

What to expect:

 

This is a classic and beautiful Table Mountain route which should not be missed. It is longer and more scenic than many of the mountains other routes. The ascent is more forgiving than other routes and guides hikers up a massive ravine known as Kasteelspoort (Castle’s Gate) towards the top, but not before passing Breakfast Rock – the site of the old cable car lower station and an amazing place to have, well, breakfast, or a light snack. Once at the top of the initial ascent, hikers will be taken to probably the most famous photography spot on the mountain – the diving board. This is a surfboard like rock that juts out over the abyss. It is not for the faint-hearted but is well worth the picture. From here, hikers will then make their way to the Hely-Hutchinson & Woodhead Reservoirs to take in these massive, historical bodies of water. Along the way are amazing sections of flora to look out for. Having taken any and all desired pictures, you will slowly make your way back down the mountain via Woody Ravine having ascended one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Hikers can then walk back along the Pipetrack or have the option of a short walk down the hill to Theresa Avenue and a quick Uber back to the start.

 

Fitness required:

 

This route requires a basic to moderate level of fitness. While there is no height exposure, there are one or two minor rock scrambling sections and hikers need to have a high level of endurance as the hike takes around 6 hours. 

 

Covid protocols:

 

The risk of outdoors activities, where social distancing is enforced, has been deemed by the WHO as being significantly less than indoors activities. Nonetheless, we place the highest value on our guests’ safety at all times. We walk in small, intimate groups, ensure safe walking distances and promote the use of hand sanitizer and the wearing of masks where necessary.