XXL TRAIL: Table Mountain Top via Newlands Forest

Challenge yourself on our toughest run around and up to the top of Table Mountain!

For adventurous, fit and experienced mountain runners we have an awesome route designed to fulfil every trailrunner´s dream: start your run on the front face of the mountain with a warm-up along deserted and tranquil Tafelberg Road, with beautiful views over the city.  After a few kilometres the trail starts: there is a slight uphill on jeep track to get onto the single-track trail that winds its way along wooden boardwalks & rocky trail through Afromontane Forest in Newlands, before beginning your steep ascent up Skeleton Gorge to the top of the mountain.  From here the adventure continues along the back side of the mountain to summit at Mclears Beacon, finishing with amazing photo opportunities (when the clouds clear!) over Devils Peak, the entire city and Ocean as well as Lion’s Head.

Tour essentials: Trail running shoes; long-sleeved top / wind-breaker (it is always colder on top of the mountain that in the city); hydration pack with at least 1.5 litres per person.  We recommend coming down in the cable car to save the knees (weather-permitting).


  • Meeting Point: Kloof Nek parking area, Table Mountain
  • Distance: Roughly 18 – 20km
  • Elevation gain: 1093m
  • Time: 4 – 5 hours
  • Price: R2200 for an individual tour / R1600 per person for 2 people / R1100 per person for groups of 3 people or more (price includes cable car ticket, or guided route down Platteklip gorge)


* This tour is offered on weekends only, subject to availability of the guides, and is weather-dependent; cable car is also not guaranteed (weather-dependent); trail shoes & light windbreaker recommended

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