Arrow Face Traverse

Yi-Jia Susanne Hou on the Arrow Face, Table Mountain

The Arrow Face  Traverse tickles just the right nerves for the adrenaline junkies under hikers.

The main objective of the Arrow Face Traverse, is to traverse a rock face on the front face of Table Mountain. Along the route you need to squeeze through narrow cracks. You will for example disappear into a wall and reappear on a narrow ledge with hundreds of meters of cliff to balance on.

Soon after the traverse, the route merges with the end of the India Venster route. 

As you get to Fountain Ledge, you are spoiled with extraordinary views over Camps Bay and the Twelve Apostles.

During this stretch, the scenery changes dramatically from the initial views on the front face.

You will approach the top of Table Mountain from the back table. From there one can see False Bay and the Hottentots Holland mountain range on the furthest side of False Bay.

There are a few non-technical, not particularly difficult scrambles on the Arrow Face route. It will definitely not be a problem for anyone who is familiar with scrambling. Above all, it is comforting to know that you do not need to scramble in exposed areas.

However, on the Arrow Face Traverse, the drop-offs are noteworthy and of extreme importance. Therefore you must have nerves of steel, absolutely no fear of heights and no dizziness!

As to be expected, there are a few very steep walking sections. After all, the idea is to get to the top of Table Mountain! You must be fairly fit to hike this trail and should certainly not underestimate Table Mountain.

Very few people hike this route. There is for instance no clear, obvious path to follow and therefore it is strongly advisable to book a mountain guide.

The Arrow Face traverse trail starts at 363 m above sea level and ends at 1067 m.

Duration

Including stops, it takes approximately 5 hours to reach the top of Table Mountain. From there, you will take the Cableway down.

An important and quick tip – very strongly built people will not fit through the cracks

PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL NOT COMMENCE THIS HIKE DURING BAD WEATHER CONDITIONS! THE CABLEWAY MAY BE CLOSED DUE TO MAINTENANCE, IN WHICH CASE WE WILL WALK DOWN PLATTEKLIP GORGE. THAT WILL ADD +/-2 HOURS + R 200 TO THE TRIP. 

Price

1 Person – R 2 500

2-4 Persons – R 1 500 pp

*Max 4 persons on this trail, with 2 guides.

**Excludes R 200 pp Cableway ticket down.

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Yi-Jia Susanne Hou in the crack on the Arrow Face, Table Mountain