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More about India Venster

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.

​Let 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

What people say

Absolute recommendation! The Indian Venster Trail on Table Mountain was my absolute "must do" for C...  -  Daniela Werner.



4 hours


Seven days a week, year-round, subject to availability.


Start and End point: Cape Town - Table Mountain - Lower Cable Station


The 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 Wear:

Well 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 bring:

Hiking will make you peckish so bringing a snack for the way up is always a good idea

Guests or Spectators:

No guests allowed, full rate applies to all



Experience Level:

Inclusions & Exclusions


Guided hike


Beverages & snacks

Opinions On India Venster

What the locals say about India Venster.

Daniela Werner

Absolute recommendation! The Indian Venster Trail on Table Mountain was my absolute "must do" for Cape Town, but unfortunately such activities are not always possible as a solo traveler. Dohann from Cape Mountain Guides was the perfect guide. He warned me about risky places to fall and showed me the best holds in advance during the climbing sections. I felt safe at all times on the tour to Table Mountain. There was also a lot of information about plants, animals and the landscape, life in South Africa and great insider tips for Cape Town. Thank you for this absolutely unforgettable day.

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