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.
- 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
5 hours one way
Self drive, uber is recommended
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
Group hikes stay small and a moderate fitness level is required.
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Price £ 63 per person
On private hikes you will have a more personalized experience with you own hiking guide. On private hikes you can set your own pace.
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Price £ 79 per person
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On The Map
Skeleton Gorge, Table Mountain