The Gorge is actually a ravine, and ascends steeply up the eastern side of Table Mountain. A well maintained path following the left side of the stream and is in shade nearly all the way to the top. At about half way up (45min) there are a series of 6 short wooden ladders. For a short distance the path is in the streambed that requires scrambling over rocks and boulders, (this section can be very wet and slippery in winter and shoes with non-slip soles are essential) after you reach the gabion (a stone wall covered with metal mesh to hold it together). The path crosses over to the right side of the gorge and continues upwards with lush ferns surrounding the path. For the first time you emerge above the treeline and you are able to look down to the starting point in Kirstenbosch. Soon after a huge boulder called Breakfast Rock. The path then opens up offering expansive views of Cape Town’s southern suburbs and False Bay in the distance. A steady climb up the ‘back table’ to Maclear’s Beacon, (highest point on Table Mountain 1085m/ 3560ft) and then descend via the Cableway or Platteklip Gorge.
Ascend Table Mountain via Skeleton Gorge
Start at 180m / 591ft to highest point 1085m/ 3560ft = total climb of 905m/2969ft
Distance: approx. 6 – 7 km
Between 4 – 6 hours depending on route combination, weather, and fitness level.
Short walk through part of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens including the Boomslang Treetop walk, shady Skeleton Gorge, indigenous forest, beautiful views (on a clear day), variety of Fynbos, Maclear’s Beacon (highest point of Table Mountain) and the flat plateau of Table Mountain overlooking the city bowl and harbour.
Single Person R1800
Two or more people R900pp
Price Valid until December 2021
Pick up and drop at hotel if you are in the Cape Town CBD and water for the hike.
Entrance to Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden (R75pp)
Cableway fee: click here (http://www.tablemountain.net/content/page/rates) to purchase and download your tickets online and skip the queues!
Fee will vary according to times and season. Please purchase your tickets in accordance to the agreed hiking times.
If Cable Way is not operating: R200pp for guided walk down the mountain plus taxi fee for guide back to vehicle parked at Kirstenbosch R200
Taxi/cab fare not included