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Devil's Peak

Rising to the east of the iconic Table Mountain, this soaring peak has accessible hiking trails, challenging climbs and exceptional city views.

Hike or bike the mountain trails around Devil’s Peak to enjoy excellent views of Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula. Gaze in awe at the breathtaking mountain scenery and a coastline peppered with picturesque bays, beaches and harbors. Visit historical landmarks, admire interesting geological formations and spot varied wildlife.

At 3,284 feet (1,001 meters) tall, Devil’s Peak is only slight smaller than its more famous neighbor, Table Mountain. Follow one of the zigzagging routes up to the peak’s summit. From the summit, cast your eye over the city and across to Lion’s Head and Table Mountain. Marvel as cloud cover gives the image of a tablecloth over the city and Table Mountain. All routes to the top are about a 4-hour round trip.

Several other trails, many of them interchangeable, skirt the mountain slopes and offer adventurous excursions on foot or bike. For a thrill-seeking challenge, take the steep and difficult Mowbray Ridge track.

In the peak’s eastern foothills is Rhodes Memorial, a Greek-style monument that commemorates the former prime minister of the Cape Colony, Cecil John Rhodes. Hike from the memorial up to the ruins of the King’s Blockhouse fortification. Don’t miss the Woodstock Cave, a dramatic overhang where rainfall often creates a waterfall and rainbow. Take time to appreciate the flora, which ranges from vast expanses of fynbos to red heath and multicolored protea plants.

Access to the easiest trail is at the end of Tafelberg Road, just a short drive from Table Mountain’s lower cable car station. A hop-on hop-off tourist bus stops at the cable car station. Other trails start from Rhodes Memorial, where there’s a large parking lot.

It’s free to explore Devil’s Peak and its many trails. Come equipped with comfortable walking shoes and warm clothing, especially in the winter months. Allow enough time to return before nightfall.


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The Onyx Apartment Hotel ¥9,370
The Onyx Apartment Hotel

The Onyx Apartment Hotel

57 Heerengracht Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Cape Town City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Long Street and Cape Town International Convention Centre. Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and Greenmarket Square are also within 15 minutes. Cape Town Station is 9 minutes by foot.

    Stock Exchange Apartment Hotel ¥5,057
    Stock Exchange Apartment Hotel

    Stock Exchange Apartment Hotel

    85 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town, Western Cape
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Cape Town City Centre, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of District 6, Castle of Good Hope, and Greenmarket Square. South African National Gallery and Victoria and Alfred Waterfront are also within 3 mi (5 km). Woodstock Station is only a 2-minute walk and Esplanade Station is 4 minutes.

      Kuusiku by CTHA
      Kuusiku by CTHA

      Kuusiku by CTHA

      2 Frank Avenue, Vredehoek, Cape Town, Western Cape
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Cape Town City Centre, this residence is within 2 mi (3 km) of Table Mountain National Park, South African National Gallery, and Castle of Good Hope. Kloof Street and Long Street are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        2 Bedroom Apartment in Vredehoek Towers
        2 Bedroom Apartment in Vredehoek Towers

        2 Bedroom Apartment in Vredehoek Towers

        Corner of Clifford & Chelmsford Road, Cape Town, Western Cape
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Cape Town City Centre, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Table Mountain National Park, South African National Gallery, and Castle of Good Hope. Greenmarket Square and Long Street are also within 2 mi (3 km).

          Serenity Lodge
          Serenity Lodge

          Serenity Lodge

          24 Deerpark Drive, Highlands Estate, Cape Town, Western Cape
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Cape Town City Centre, this vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Table Mountain National Park, South African National Gallery, and Castle of Good Hope. Kloof Street and Long Street are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            2 Bedroom Apartment Nestled Under Devil's Peak
            2 Bedroom Apartment Nestled Under Devil's Peak

            2 Bedroom Apartment Nestled Under Devil's Peak

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              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Cape Town City Centre, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of District 6 and South African National Gallery. Castle of Good Hope and Greenmarket Square are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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              Cape Vistas

              Cape Vistas

              39 Cape Vistas, 1 Highland Close, Cape Town, Western Cape
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Cape Town City Centre, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of District 6 and South African National Gallery. Castle of Good Hope and Greenmarket Square are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Bella Donna Apartments by CTHA
                Bella Donna Apartments by CTHA

                Bella Donna Apartments by CTHA

                Cnr Noordelike Ave and Belladonna Ave, Vredehoek, Cape Town, Western Cape
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Cape Town City Centre, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of District 6 and South African National Gallery. Castle of Good Hope and Greenmarket Square are also within 2 mi (3 km).