Rob has been keen on the outdoors since he was young with hiking being a common weekend activity. Being a Scout gave him many years of camping and hiking in a wide range of areas. With a passion for the outdoors, becoming a guide and sharing the outdoors with others seemed like the natural thing to do.

Between guiding he enjoys cycling, martial arts, reading and staying fit. When not guiding Rob works for the Fire Department as a Firefighter.


Being born in Cape Town and having grown up in the suburb of Hout Bay, Kirk spent most of his childhood on the mountainside. During his youth he found a passion in sport and followed a career in professional cricket, spending a few years in the UK playing for Sussex County. During his time in the UK a new passion for the emergency services took over and he returned to Cape Town.

Kirk now works full time for Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services as a firefighter. His love for Cape Town and interest in meeting others and showing off his city is what encouraged him to start up Escape Hikes with Rob.

Why hike with us?

The Cape Peninsula mountains surrounding Cape Town are some of the most beautiful in the world, however they can become deadly. A sudden change in weather, vast exposed areas and difficulty in navigating the many routes these mountains offer are just a few reasons.

“Am I going the right way?” “Is this area still safe?” “Do we have enough time?” Hiking with us will take away those concerns. This will allow for a far more enjoyable experience.

Along the way our guides will be able to point out features on the mountains and in the surrounding city that is often missed when hiking. By joining us, we hope to show you another side to our beautiful city.