What do you need for a hike?

Here is a basic list of what you would need for your guided hike on Table Mountain. 

Hiking shoes, trainers or trail shoes and thick socks – ensure there is a good grip on the soles. Flip-flops are unsuitabl for the hike.

Comfortable, non-restricting pants – zip-off pants are convenient to quickly switch between shorts or long pants, but it is not essential for a hike. On certain routes you would want to have your legs protected against bushes, but shorts are mainly suitable. We will advise you on your chosen route.

Light and comfortable, non-restricting T-shirts or shirts – do not choose black, the sun will hit you hard!

Small rucksack – convenient way of keeping your belongings together and having your hands free during the hike or scramble.

Sunscreen – you will need to re-apply sunscreen during the hike.

Sun hat – it is important to protect your head and face from the sun at all times.

2 Liters of water – rather return with water than not having enough while you are out hiking!

Warm top / windbreaker – it is several degrees colder on top of the mountain and often windy.

Rain jacket – the weather is unpredictable and can suddenly turn out different than expected or forecasted.

Hiking poles – this is mainly needed for hikes on Devil’s Peak or the Table Mountain crossing, or even Lion’s Head, for those who need some support for their knees when hiking down.

Camera and / or cell phone – you might get very trigger happy during the hike.

Snack – you will need a bit of energy to get you through the hike.

Money – it costs R200 for the down ticket in the cable car and there are shops and a restaurant on top for souvenirs, food or a cold drink.

Our mountain guides will be prepared and equipped with a first-aid kit and a safety rope. They have the knowledge on how to treat an injury and with the safety rope, they can lead anyone who feels unsure to safety. 

Read more ABOUT THE GUIDES.

You might also wonder, DO YOU REALLY NEED A GUIDE?

Hike with Maestro Perry So and the ladies on the India Venster, Table Mountain.