Constantia Nek


Route Overview

Constantia Nek – Dams – Smuts track – Front Face – Valley of Red Gods – Margarets Cairn – Dams – Constantia Nek.

Constantia Nek is our meeting place, a 10 minute drive ‘up the hill’ from the Bay at the junction with the Cape Winelands. A popular meeting spot for hikers, trail runners and nature lovers alike.

Do you want to run or power walk? Jeep track or single track? That’s the choice to get us to the Dams that once provided Cape Town with its water supply…Once at the top we pass the Overseer’s hut and your run leader will give you the run down on all of the surrounding area before we join more great single track and pass across Nursery ravine, Skeleton Gorge, Aqueduct and jog the steady uphill of Smuts track.
Your run leader will tell you about the hard core route on your right such as Finisteraar crack, Carrols Ledge, Hiddinghn Ascension…

Maclear’s Beacon is the highest point on the mountain and we will pause here for a refuel, a rest before we head across the very front face of Table Mountain with the city bowl far far below. We will pass many who have come up on the cable car and we will leave them behind again as we head towards valley of the Red Gods.
I have been persuaded on occasion to detour here to the Café by the cable car and enjoy a milkshake before we continue!

The Valley of the Red Gods is also one of those stunning pieces of Mountain that makes you truly believe you are a thousand miles from anywhere and we will look out for a sharp left turn to bring us eventually back to the Dams and down the trails to Constantia Nek where we started.


4-5 hours




+750m elevation


Rating: Moderate

What Is Included

  • Introductory safety briefing with the team
  • Accommodation (excluding 1 day package)
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary

What Is Not Included

  • Flights (to/from Cape Town)
  • Snacks during your runs
  • Single room supplements
  • Personal insurance

What To Bring

If you are unsure as to what you’ll need when you’re on the trails, please see our recommended kit list. The great news is that The Vine is also a running shop so if for any reason for forget some essential kit – we have you covered!


Please view our available packages or contact us to make a booking.


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‘’Coming from the Netherlands, I love both mountains and running (but unfamiliar with the trails), The Vine was the perfect running company to help me get into trail running. Innes and team have a great, well organised setup, with a variety of routes. It’s very inspirational to run with super experienced guys but also being able to safely slow down where needed. Under supervision of a guide.’’ Esther, April 2019

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“Many great trail adventures had with Innes Smith and The Vine on some of Table Mountain’s lesser known routes.  A knowledgeable guide with a wealth of trail running experience…” Dale, July 2018

‘’I’ve discovered the most exquisite parts of the Table Mountain range since running with Innes and The Vine.  Every run is an absolute adventure, but I always feel safe enough to say yes and go for it.  And I’m never ever disappointed. Innes is really friendly, personable and approachable, and he’s an absolute mountain goat and can run with the best. Only come if you want to have the best time!  And you can look forward to expanding your definition of trail in the most beautiful city in the world’’ Suzanne, May 2018

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