Professional Guiding

Justin Hawthorne is a professional mountain guide, working primarily in the Western Cape of South Africa. He is accredited and registered to legally guide anywhere in the province, on or off trail. Justin guides with a genuine passion for the mountain and is an ambassador for all things positive towards Table Mountain.

Table Mountain hikes vary from short walks in the forest, to day hikes up more popular ascent routes to adventurous scrambles and trails off-the-beaten-track! On top of this overnight hiking across the Table Mountain Chain is an area Justin has ample experience in leading and organizing. All hikes include a strong focus on interpretation of fynbos and forest ecology. 

Whether you’re adventurous and interested in hiking India Venster, Grotto-Fountain-Cairn Traverse or Hiddingh-Ascension via Ferny Gully with me, or maybe you’re keen on something less technical but off-the-beaten track like Tranquility Cracks, Constantia Corner or Grootkop I’d love to lead the way.

I enjoy guiding families and youngsters on easier trails too where we include some cool spots such as Rendezvous Cave, rivers or Valken Cracks as well as guiding on easy routes where we can see plenty faunal life which leads to strong engagement with the kids. 

For trails further afield I also guide a mariad of routes across the Cape Peninsula and the Boland (Simonsberg, Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve, Jonkershoek and the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserves, Helderberg and more). 

The author on the trail