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Whether you just finished a hike with us or you are thinking of joining us on one, we’d love to hear from you.

If you don’t see availability on Activity Bridge that you’re looking for, let us know and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

Contact Info:
Lauren Medcalf – 072.530.3464 (Local) / +27 72 530 3464 (International)
lauren@mothercityhikers.co.za

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FAQ:

How long are the hikes?

There are quite a few routes around Table Mountain and they all offer varying time frames. The shortest hike we offer is 2 hours and our longest is 9 hours for day hikes. Remember we are happy to arrange your overnight hikes in safari tented camps as well!

How early in the morning do we need to start hiking?

Generally we start our hikes early around 6 or 7 am, but the start time varies as the sun rises earlier and later at different times of year. We like to get an early start especially in the summer months as there is little to no shade on Table Mountain and we want to beat the crowds, so the earlier the better. This time of day is very special as it is really beautiful and tranquil as we watch the sun hitting the mountain in the morning light. It’s a great time for photos and seeing bird life.

What is the scenery like?

Spectactular! It varies on all sides of the mountain. Some parts are very green and have more trees, others boast beautiful ocean views, city views and views of Cape Town’s harbour. There are many types of rock formations, plant and bird species you will see along the way as well. Many of Table Mountain’s mammals are nocturnal and also very shy but you might get lucky and see one of them!

What is the weather like?

Cape Town enjoys a mediterranean climate which generally means very dry with lots of sunshine in the summer months. Winter is often said to be wet and rainy but really we only get rain every so often and the other days are really perfect for hiking. Winter can be even better than the summer months as it is perfectly mild. Please note however, that no matter what the season the weather on the mountain can be totally different compared to what is happening on the beach or in town. The mist can come over without warning bringing cold air and wind, so it is best to be prepared for all seasons while hiking Table Mountain. It is suggested to dress in layers of dry wicking material and bring quality waterproof rain gear.

What should I bring?

Backpack, comfortable shoes (any sports shoes will suffice as long as the have good support and traction), wind/rain-proof coat, sunhat, sunscreen, 2L of water per person & snacks. To make it easier on yourself we offer a lunchbox for R150 per person which includes a sandwich, seasonal fruit, snacks and 2L of water for the day or a snack pack for R110 which is all that minus the sandwich. When you make a booking we will send you a complete list of everything you will need.

What if I do not have all the gear with me?

Ask us and we will bring extras on the day for you.

Am I too young or too old?

Most of our trips are appropriate for ages 10+, and we’ve had people into their late 70’s who’ve done excellent! You know your (or your children’s) fitness and experience level best. If you feel up for the challenge it is likely you will succeed! Our hikes can accommodate most any fitness level. The things that will make your trip more enjoyable are choosing the right hike suitable to you(which I am happy to help you with) and having a positive attitude. We offer ‘private’ hikes if you are unsure how you will do and want to have your guide’s complete attention, and also the choice to change routes on the day.

What is included/excluded in the cost of the hike?

What is included: Pick up and drop off to and from where you are staying in Cape Town’s city centre.

What is excluded: Cable car fee of R135 per person, any other park fees such as Kirstenbosch Gardens, Cape Point or Silvermine Nature Reserve.

We do offer a lunchbox for an additional R150 per person. If you don’t want to worry about what to pack for lunch, let us do that for you!

What if the cableway is closed when we get to the top?

The Cableway is weather permitting and does not operate at times because of strong winds. If the cableway is closed once you reach the top we will hike down Platteklip Gorge which adds 2+ hours of hiking. There is a R200 per person extra fee to hike down and this is payable to the guide on the day in cash. If (on the morning of the hike) your guide thinks the cableway will be closed that day, they will avoid walking all the way there (as you would then have to walk down and additional 2+ hours after your original hike-unless you want to do this). Your guide will discuss with you on the morning of the hike the options and discuss the possibility of an alternate routes.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you cancel the hike for any reason within 72 hours of the hike there is no refund. Cancellations before 72 hours we offer a full refund minus the R200 non-refundable deposit. If Mother City Hikers cancels the hike due to heavy rain you will get a full refund minus the R200 non-refundable fee. In the event of light rain or strong wind the hike goes ahead or we can do a shorter, alternate route instead.

Further Information: We always look forward to hearing from our clients, so should you have any additional questions please feel free to email us at lauren@mothercityhikers.co.za or call on 072.530.3464