Skeleton Gorge Hike

Despite its ominous name, the Skeleton Gorge hike is a beautiful 6.5km trail starting in the lush Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The eastern slopes of Table Mountain offer a jungle setting through shaded indigenous greenery and emerges with vast views all the way across the Cape Peninsula, False Bay, and inland towards the Winelands. Along this 5-hour route, you will reach Maclear’s Beacon, the highest point on Table Mountain, from where a journey across the length of the famous tabletop summit brings you to the upper cableway station. The traverse offers superb views over the city center and Table Bay.

The Skeleton Gorge hike requires a good fitness level comprising rocky paths, stone steps, ladders, and minor scrambles. The landscape is completely different from that of the western and northern routes, taking you through tunnels of trees, over short bridges, and wooden ladders. Although there aren’t as many ocean views as other routes, Skeleton Gorge allows you to experience most of the flora variety the mountain has to offer which varies greatly between tropical jungle-like sections, indigenous fynbos, and even a small beach setting. Although the Skeleton Gorge hike is beautifully lush and adventurous, but can be gruelling if you start too late in the hot summer months.

Tour Itinerary

Start: 08h00

  • Meet your guide at the meeting point
  • Hike brief
  • Hike route Skeleton Gorge to the top of Table Mountain
  • Explore the summit

Finish: 5 hours later

  • Buy cable car tickets
  • Time spent at the top is up to you
  • Ride the cable car down

Meeting and Parking

Kirstenbosch Gardens Gate 1, there is a parking area at the gate


Table Mountain


5 hours one way


Self drive, uber is recommended

Tour dates

Monday – Sunday


Professional Mountaineering Guide


Entrance to Kirstenbosch Gardens & Cable Car tickets which are bought at the top after the hike

Skeleton Gorge Hike Options

Goup Hike

Group hikes stay small and a moderate fitness level is required.

Refer to T&C's above

Price $ 77 per person

Private Hike

On private hikes you will have a more personalized experience with you own hiking guide. On private hikes you can set your own pace.

Refer to T&C's above

Price $ 96 per person

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On The Map

Skeleton Gorge, Table Mountain

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