Table Mountain via Skeleton Gorge

Cape Town

Activity Description

This is a challenging but beautiful route up Table Mountain. From the world famous Kirstenbosch Gardens we head up through manicured lawns and splendid indigenous gardens to Skeleton Gorge which is one of the original Table Mountain hiking trails.
The climb starts almost immediately ascending though unique Afro – Montane forest, wooden ladders are placed to assist you over tricky sections. Leaving the forest about half way up Skeleton Gorge you’ll spot the famous Breakfast Rock marking the top of the gorge. A short and gentler climb up to McClears Beacon 1085m offers fantastic 360-degree views of Cape Town City and False Bay. We hike down Table Mountain via Nursery Ravine to Kirstenbosch or descend via the Cable Car with an optional quick transfer back to Kirstenbosch Gardens.


ProviderGoVertical Mountaineering & Trekking
Duration5 hours 30 minutes
WhenAll year round
WhereEntrance to Kirstenbosch Gardens, main gate GPS Co ordinates -33.9862, 18.4335
WeatherWeather dependent service
What to WearComfortable clothing to hike in and hiking boots or trainers
Things to Bring• Small Day Backpack • Hiking boots or trainers • Comfortable clothes • Sun screen • A hat • A warm weather proof jacket • A camera • Juice/ Water and energy snacks or sweets
Guests or SpectatorsOnly paying guests allowed


Minimum Age8 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelAverage
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions


• Entrance Permits
• Cable Car fees
• GoVertical Mountaineering Guides
• Hikers picnic consisting of GoVertical’s Summit sandwiches – farm style bread with a generous filling of salad, cold meat and cheese

Exclusions• Transport to Kirstenbosch Gardens but can be arranged as an optional extra


• Maximum group size 15 people
• Minimum age 8 yrs old
• Difficulty –moderate
• Duration +- 6 hours starting at 08h30 – ending in early afternoon

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