Ever thought of hiking to the summit of Table Mountain while getting a birds eye view from the highest point of the oldest mountain in the world / walk through the iconic Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens OR boulder hopping up a river bed to get there....
Your Itinerary and abbreviations:
KM = distance hiked, AM = altitude climbed, B/LS/D/= meals included (Breakfast/ Lite-snacks/ Dinner)
Get collected from you accommodation, meet your guide before we do a short transfer (30min) to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. We take a short walk through the gardens which boast an array of indigenous plants. We visit the King Proteas, Cycads and the many other of the floral sections. (Seasonal) as we make our way to the start of Skeleton Gorge.
Our route up Skeleton Gorge, goes up through indigenous Afro-montane forrest and offers shade and a dense tree cover while in the ravine. For us to enjoy the panoramic views from the top we have to negotiate a series of wooden ladders which are exposed but not difficult. If you have a fear for heights, this route could be more challenging for you. The rest of the gorge consists of well worn path and some boulder hopping which can be treacherous during winter (June to August). Once we exit the gorge we continue to the Hely-Hutchenson Dam, a fresh water reservoir for the city of Cape Town. Our route then continues through a shrub-like fynbos and views of False Bay as we head onto the highest point of the berg, MacClear's Beacon (1086m ASL) named after the 19th Century English explorer Sir Thomas MacClear. While taking in the view of Table Bay and Robin Island we have our well deserved picnic.
We continue along a good path as the true beauty of the city is appreciated, the rush of wind and the bustle from far below overtake you as it rushes up the steep cliff face. We also get views of Robben Island, Lions Head, V&A waterfront, and the City Bowl. Our hike finishes at the top cable station, before we take the cable car down (included) You get dropped off at your accommodation again. KM B+-10km, AM: 1094m, LS
Skeleton Gorge requires some boulder hopping and negotiating a series of wooden ladder’s that are exposed. If you have a problem with heights, this will be challenging.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens/ Skeleton Gorge/Hely-Hutchenson Dam/ MacClear's Beacon/Cable station
Well worn pathways, boulder hoping in the gorge and wet during winter.(June to August)
If you require a rucksack, please let us know. We have limited stock but could arrange something.
We will stop enroute for guests to purchase enough water and anything extra that you may require. (food/stacks)