Skeleton Gorge to the Cableway

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This hike begins on the Eastern side of Table Mountain in the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. We offer a 45 minute walk showing you the highlights of the Garden to start. Then, you’ll ascend Skeleton Gorge through rare, afromontane forest which offers some welcome shade from the African sun. This hike has 6 short ladders and a short section of boulders on route to scramble over (this is the fun part!). Eventually the path opens up offering expansive views of Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs and False Bay in the distance. At the top one finds the Hely-Hutchinson Reservoir which was completed in 1904 and was built to provide the City of Cape Town with fresh water. From this point it is a steady climb onto the ‘back table’ to Maclear’s Beacon which is the highest point on Table Mountain at 1085 meters. The last hour is a relatively flat walk offering iconic views of the front side of Table Mountain and the City of Cape Town below. You’ll descend via the Cableway weather permitting.

One reason to choose this hike: If you want to include Kirstenbosch and Table Mountain in one trip.

Time: +/-6 hours

Includes: Pick up and drop off from your accommodation in Cape Town’s City Centre and Atlantic Seaboard areas.

Excludes: Entrance into Kirstenbosch Gardens (R65 per person), Cableway fee (R190 per person), or Taxi from Cableway to the start of the hike as this hike starts and ends on different sides of the mountain (+/-R150 for a group of up to 4).

Cost: R1200 per person (+R600 for the group to have a privately guided hike or +R600 single supplement if applicable). Rates valid until August 31, 2019.

Let us know if you’d like to purchase a lunchbox from us for R150 per person. Included: a sandwich, seasonal fruit, snacks and 2 liters of water to keep your energy up along the way. Or purchase a snack pack for R110 per person which is all of the above minus the sandwich. We are happy to accommodate any dietary requirements you may have, just let us know when you book.

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