Starting at Kirstenbosch, the route goes up Skeleton Gorge to the Helly Huchison Reservoir. We walk around the reservoir and visit the old Waterworks Museum and take a well deserved rest. From there we head back around the reservoir and down Nursery Ravine which takes us back into Kirstenbosch Gardens. Elevation climbed = 750m, Duration approx. 4hrs
6 Hour Hike
Once again we start at Kirstenbosch and head up Skeleton Gorge to the Helly Huchison Reservoir. From there we follow the Smuts Track to Maclears Beacon which marks the halfway point and offers amazing 360 degree views of Cape Town. From here onwards it's a fairly flat walk along the top of Table Mountain with awesome views. For the more energetic, you have the option of hiking down Platterklip Gorge or the more adventurous India Venster. Alternatively, you can take the cable car back down to save your legs. There is also the option to experience the worlds highest abseil from the top of Table Mountain. An experience not to be missed. Elevation climbed = 1030m, Duration approx. 6hrs
What you should bring:
Walking shoes / Trainers
Warm Jacket / Windbreaker
Snacks / Energy drinks
Light lunch and drinks
Kirstenbosch entry fee
Book online - Skeleton Gorge
Do not let the name of this hike scare you! In fact, Skeleton Gorge is one of the most magical and popular trails on Table Mountain and a must do hike whilst visiting Cape Town.
If hiking through an indigenous forest with the foliage of Yellow and Ironwood trees overhead, and the feel of pure, organic earth underfoot is your idea of a revitalizing adventure, then this is the adventure hike for you.
Starting above the magnificent Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, the hiking trail heads straight up Skeleton Gorge before emerging into a glade of sunlight, from where breathtaking views of False Bay and the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town can be seen.
Choose our amazing half day package and visit the historical Helly Huchison Reservoir and the old Waterworks Museum on the summit.
For the ultimate adventurer, our full day package will ensure that you are one of the few who can claim to have seen the magnificence of Cape Town from Maclears Beacon, the highest point of Table Mountain.