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A Table Mountain classic, Skeleton Gorge is definitely the most sheltered and is an absolute favorite trail for locals and tourists alike.

We meet at your accommodation and shuttle to the beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens (official starting point).

We head through the highly acclaimed gardens of Kirstenbosch, giving you a taste of its unique flora including the more recently built Canopy Walkway. We leave the open space of the gardens and head up Skeleton Gorge on the lush eastern side of Table Mountain, offering a jungle setting and inland views. The path steepens gradually as you ascend, leading to a fun ladder section as we continue up the rocky ravine. The forest walk is shady and the distraction of beautiful flora and fauna makes the ascent that much easier. At the top of the ravine a short detour along the way leads to a ‘beach’ at the historic Table Mountain reservoirs.

Whiles reaching the highest point of the mountain, Maclear’s Beacon (1065m), the views open up to take in Table Bay and Robben Island. we then tackle the easiest section that meanders towards the Upper Cable Car station.

The cable car down is an unforgettable experience as the car rotates and you enjoy 360-degree views. We conclude the tour with a transfer back to your hotel.

What people say

Matt is an excellent guide! Unfortunately for my wife and I, the weather did not go our way: strong ...  -  Thomas Martin.



7 hours 30 minutes


All year round


Start: Route dependent End: Lower Cableway Station


Weather dependent service

What to Wear:

Active gear and trainers/running shoes or hiking shoes

Things to bring:

Sunscreen, camera, windbreaker / raincoat (weather conditions can be different from base of mountain)

Guests or Spectators:

Only paying guests allowed on tour

Min Age:



Inclusions & Exclusions


Hotel pick-up and drop-off Excellent and varied tracks and exclusive mountain trails Professional guide Picnic Lunch during hike Snacks and refreshments


Gratuities Kirstenbosch Entrance (Skeleton Gorge Route)

Opinions On Table Mountain Hike

What the locals say about Table Mountain Hike.

Thomas Martin

Matt is an excellent guide! Unfortunately for my wife and I, the weather did not go our way: strong winds and significant runoff from recent rains. We got about halfway up elevationwise---to the top of the ladders---but had to turn back due to the winds and high water levels. Matt gave us a detour on a contour trail to a rockslide so we could get our steps in and a nice view. We then returned to the gardens, our starting point, where Matt gave us a nice tour and lunch at the restaurant there. If you like hot chocolate, theirs is excellent! He then drove us to the front of the mountain at the base cable car station. The winds were howling! The cable car was not running. Even on a nice day, this is a very strenuous hike. If we made it all the way, it would have been over six miles to the top---the first part that we did accomplish was a relentless climb. If the cable car is not running, it's a little under two miles down. Read more about Table Mountain Hike & Kirstenbosch - Private Tour -

Bex Ailles

10/10 The best experience we had when visiting Cape Town! Hiking up table mountain with Matt was incredible, it was so much fun, such an achievement and so interesting with all his knowledge at the same time. Thank you and can't wait to visit again!

Lizzy Tkachenko

Incredible experience with Matt! He was such an experienced and thoughtful guide. The path and scenery were spectacular. He knew so much about the surrounding nature and Cape Town culture. Was the highlight of our entire stay in Cape Town!!

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