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India Venster Guided Hike

Cape Town

Activity Description

One of the table mountain classics, this popular route weaves in and around India ravine and venster buttress, with the cables of the cablecar almost always present above. The route allows for spectacular views of each side of the mountain with sections that will get your blood pumping.

‚ÄčLet us guide you safely through the scrambles and show you the lifestyle of a Capetonian on the mountain.

Quick route description
India venster is classified as a (b grade) scramble, nothing too hard for anyone to handle with a good head for heights. starting at the lower cable station we’ll use a pathway following up under the cables to the contour path. after a short piece on the contour path, we’ll head up a series of low rock steps to a platform. next, the route follows up the gully running right to venster buttress. here we have the perfect photo opportunity of the actual venster(window) looking over India ravine. shortly after the window we’ll reach the easy scramble sections which our well-trained guides can coach you through if extra encouragement is needed. we will end the route by following around from fountain ledge to the back of table mountain from where we will reach the top.

Difficulty: Moderate
India Venster Hike Duration: 3.5 – 4 hours
Hike Distance: About 3 km / 1.9 miles
Elevation Gain: 700 meters / 2300 feet


Duration4 hours
WhenSeven days a week, year-round, subject to availability.
WhereStart and End point: Cape Town - Table Mountain - Lower Cable Station
WeatherThe weather on table mountain can change in an instant so a light mid-layer and a rain jacket will ensure that you stay dry and warm if we find our selves in between the clouds.
What to WearWell supportive closed-toe walking shoes with good grip are a must. Cape town does experience very hot days in the summer and a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and water will be needed. A long sleeve button-up shirt with a collar provides great sun coverage.
Things to BringHiking will make you peckish so bringing a snack for the way up is always a good idea
Guests or SpectatorsNo guests allowed, full rate applies to all


Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelAverage
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelIntermediate

Inclusions and Exclusions

InclusionsGuided hike
ExclusionsBeverages & snacks


You’ll need a sense of adventure and a willingness to have fun which is all hiking is about really.

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