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Hike Devil's Peak via the Knife Edge

Cape Town, South Africa

Experience hosted by Justin

6.5 hoursHosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 6 people
Includes food and drinks

What you'll do

Lace up your hiking boots and prepare for an epic day hike and scramble to one of Cape Town's gems! We'll hike Devil's Peak via the adventurous Mowbray Ridge, Knife Edge and direct scrambles which is one of my personal favourite day hiking routes in the Western Cape, and a true classic.

Hiking Devil's Peak is an incredible hike with breathtaking views & scenery but it is demanding in terms of being strenuous (900 meter elevation gain & loss), exposure to heights (sheer vertical drops) & technical hiking (using your hands to scramble rock pitches, and rugged terrain) - that's where I as a guide add peace-of-mind in walking you through the tough spots.

During the hike we'll discuss the local Fauna & Flora that occurs here. Some days we'll get spoilt with wildlife sightings such as the infamous Himalayan Tahr, but the focus will be on the vegetation covering the mountain slopes - FYNBOS! This is a nature experience where you will have the chance to come away with a fresh perspective of the rich biodiversity found within the Cape Floristic Region.

After reaching the 1001m high summit we will descend via the northern slopes above Woodstock which will bring us back to where it all began.

If a full days nature-focused mountain adventure is what you're looking for - this is the hike for you!

Note: You need to have a good level of fitness & be comfortable with vertical drops.
Lace up your hiking boots and prepare for an epic day hike and scramble to one of Cape Town's gems! We'll hike Devil's Peak via the adventurous Mowbray Ridge, Knife Edge and direct scrambles which is one of my personal favourite day hiking routes in the Western Cape, and a true classic.

Hiking Devil's Peak is an incredible hike with breathtaking views & scenery but it is demanding in terms of being strenuous (900 meter elevation gain…

What's included

  • Food
    Croissant from a local Cape Town bakery
  • Drinks
    I'll be bringing a flask of coffee and/or tea

Meet your host, Justin

Host on Airbnb since 2016
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Growing up within the boundaries of the incredible Table Mountain National Park I had the mountains of Silvermine as my literal backyard. This is where my love for the Table Mountain range all began!

Fast forward 30 years and today I'm a full-time mountain guide in the Western Cape with professional accreditation by the legal bodies in South Africa after starting out in 2007 as a volunteer guide with school children.

Sharing my love for nature by leading interpretive nature trails & adventurous hikes across the fynbos covered mountains of the Cape allows me to live out my passion daily.

Check out my IG @justinhawthorne

I've completed "Supporting the Safety of Women | Travelers & Hosts" seminar facilitated by the National Network to End Domestic Violence (October 5th, 2019)
Growing up within the boundaries of the incredible Table Mountain National Park I had the mountains of Silvermine as my literal backyard. This is where my love for the Table Mountain range all began!

Fast forward 30 years and today I'm a full-time mountain guide in the Western Cape with professional accreditation by the legal bodies in South Africa after starting out in 2007 as a volunteer guide with school children.

Sharing my love for nature by leading interpretive natur…
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Where you'll be

We will do a circular hike from Rhodes Memorial to the summit of DEVIL'S PEAK (1001m elevation), returning via the northern slopes above Woodstock.

Views of False Bay, the Cape Flats, Table Bay, Lion's Head, Table Mountain & the City Bowl are all possible should there be no clouds on the summit. However, it's about more than the vistas!
Richard
May 2019
This is an amazing hiking experience with Justin. The challenge of climbing pitches hiking along exposed single track matched with amazing views is exhilarating. Justin knows every plant on the mountain and he taught me a lot about the local fauna. I highly recommend this hike to anyone who wants to get off the beaten track. Probably best to be in shape.
This is an amazing hiking experience with Justin. The challenge of climbing pitches hiking along exposed single track matched with amazing views is exhilarating. Justin knows every…
Xavier
January 2019
Justin was passionate, competent and didactic during this technical hike. He made sure to lead us through the harder parts and showed us amazing sights. Also made sure to have all the necessary snacks and beverages. He was patient and even gave us a ride back which was very generous. Great guide!
Justin was passionate, competent and didactic during this technical hike. He made sure to lead us through the harder parts and showed us amazing sights. Also made sure to have all…
Ian
January 2019
Justin was an absolutely amazing guide for our hike up Devils Peak. He is extremely knowledgable of the history, geography, flora and fauna of Table Mountain National Park. Truly wish we had time for an additional hike with Justin. An absolute must do for any adventure seeker and/or nature enthusiast. Thanks again Justin for an unforgettable day on the mountain.
Justin was an absolutely amazing guide for our hike up Devils Peak. He is extremely knowledgable of the history, geography, flora and fauna of Table Mountain National Park. Truly…
Kevin
December 2018
This excursion with Justin was astounding! I love to hike, and I’m in moderately good+ shape, but I didn’t want to tackle this one by myself; Justin was the perfect guide. It is obvious how much loves his home, and he is a warehouse of knowledge about the biomes of the area. He is thorough and thoughtful—as a teacher, finding and explaining that beautiful native plant life, and as a guide, pointing out what I should avoid along the trails and giving demonstrations and real-time advice for the tougher ascents. When someone loves the mountain as much as Justin does, it’s very inspirational to the newcomer to hike the responsible way and want to do your part to keep Cape Town as pristine as she can be. Communication was Justin ahead of the hike was helpful and accurate. He was friendly, helpful, and good natured on the hike itself. This helped me start my Cape Town visit with a bang and set the tone for an incredible week!
This excursion with Justin was astounding! I love to hike, and I’m in moderately good+ shape, but I didn’t want to tackle this one by myself; Justin was the perfect guide. It is ob…
Michelle
October 2018
I hurt my back just before the hike, but Justin was so accommodating to fit a hike around my needs. Could not have asked for a better experience, and was so happy with what I was able to complete with Justin. I felt comfortable hiking with him, easy conversation and his knowledge on the flora and fauna and the mountains was next to none, was so interesting. Next time I'm in Cape Town I will definitely be in touch with him for more hikes (this time injury free) - thanks Justin, you put the cherry on top of my holiday, and I'm so grateful for your time and flexibility!
I hurt my back just before the hike, but Justin was so accommodating to fit a hike around my needs. Could not have asked for a better experience, and was so happy with what I was a…
Yong Rok
September 2018
Justin was the most considering and informative guy. it was real pleasure and unforgettable hiking with all that rock scrambling , sightseeing , plants and floral explanation. The hiking course has something you would never feel if you go on easy way to table mountain hiking. Definetly recommend to someone challenging and like to get big rewards from it !! Thank younfor the great experience justin!
Justin was the most considering and informative guy. it was real pleasure and unforgettable hiking with all that rock scrambling , sightseeing , plants and floral explanation. The…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

What to bring

Backpack to carry gear & food and drinks

Suitable trail shoes / hiking boots