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More about Skeleton Gorge

Arguably one of the most beautiful hikes up table mountain is the skeleton gorge route. Starting off in Kirstenbosch gardens with its rich collection of fynbos. Following up on a densely wooded kloof with exciting ladders next to waterfalls we will reach the white sandy beaches of Table mountain.

This is the perfect route for a hot day in cape town allowing for a different perspective of table mountain.

Quick route description Our hike will start in the beautiful Kirstenbosch gardens. from here we will hike up to the contour path via smuts track until the official start of the route. following the stepped path up the densely wooded gorge keeping to the left of the watercourse until we reach A STEEP SECTION WELL EQUIPED WITH LADDERS TO EASILY CLIMB OVER THE POLISHED ROCK. AFTER THIS THE ROUTE FOLLOWS THE ROCKY STREAM BED FOR A SHORT DISTANCE, BEFORE BEARING OUT TO THE RIGHT TO ZIG-ZAG UP THE SLOPE. HIGHER UP THE PATH CROSSES THE GORGE AGAIN TO TAKE THE LEFT SIDE TO THE TOP WHERE MOUNTAIN MEETS SANDY WHITE BEACH.

Difficulty: EASY Skeleton Gorge Hike Length: 2.5 to 3 hours Hike Distance: 6.5km / 4.4 miles Elevation Gain: 900 meters / 3000 feet

What people say

We had an amazing walk together with Dohann. As nobody else wanted to join us the first day of the y...  -  Franziska.



3 hours


Seven days a week, year-round, subject to availability.


Start and End point: Kirstenbosch gardens


The weather on table mountain can change in an instant so a light mid-layer and a rain jacket will ensure that you stay dry and warm if we find our selves in between the clouds.

What to Wear:

Well supportive closed-toe walking shoes with good grip are a must. Cape town does experience very hot days in the summer and a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and water will be needed. A long sleeve button-up shirt with a collar provides great sun coverage.

Things to bring:

Hiking will make you peckish so bringing a snack for the way up is always a good idea

Guests or Spectators:

No guests allowed, full rate applies to all

Experience Level:

Inclusions & Exclusions


Guided hike


Beverages & snacks

Opinions On Skeleton Gorge

What the locals say about Skeleton Gorge.


We had an amazing walk together with Dohann. As nobody else wanted to join us the first day of the year we could do our own tour and learned a lot about Cape Town and flora and Fauna. We also got nice Tips for our stay. We would book this Tour definitly again. Thank you.

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