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Skeleton Gorge to Table Mountain Cable Car Hike

Skeleton Gorge to Table Mountain Cable Car Hike

From US$ 87.89 per person

Skeleton Gorge starts from Kirstenbosch Gardens and is one of the most popular routes to the upper cable car via Maclears Beacon. Alternatively, you can return down Nursery Ravine back to Kirstenbosch in a round trip (without using the Cableway).

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  • Visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens on the slopes of Table Mountain
  • Get incredible views of Robben Island and the Twelve Apostles
  • Marvel at the indigenous trees and dense fynbos
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Hike through the lush landscape of Skeleton Gorge from Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens to the upper cable car on Table Mountain. This is one of the most popular routes to the upper cable car via Maclears Beacon.  Alternatively, you can return down Nursery Ravine back to Kirstenbosch in a round trip (without using the cableway). Experience the iconic natural landmark of Cape Town from a fresh perspective.  With a luscious canopy of green indigenous trees and dense fynbos (indigenous only to Table Mountain), this popular route includes fantastic views of Robben Island, Cape Town City, West Coast and the Twelve Apostles. Hike via Maclear's Beacon at the top of the eastern end of the mountain, and reconnect with the natural world as you encounter a beautiful canopy of indigenous trees and dense fynbos. Enjoy fantastic views of Robben Island and Cape Town, along with the west coast and Twelve Apostles mountains. 
  • Pickup and drop-off at your accommodation in Cape Town on arrangement
  • Qualified mountain guide
  • Cable car ticket back down Table Mountain
  • Food and drinks
  • Entrance fee into Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Uber cost of approx R200 to return to car (this is not a circular route)
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Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
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  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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  • Water
  • Snacks

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  • This hike is suitable for all ages and families with children especially enjoy it
  • You must be reasonably fit to take part
  • If the cable car is not running, due to weather or maintenance, there will be an additional charge of R200 per person for the guide to hike down with you
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based on 6 reviews

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What a great day! The weather was just perfect for this wonderful hike through the Skeleton Gorge. Lynette, our mountain guide, rounded it off with her good mood and competence. If you want to enjoy the mountain, the tranquility of nature away from the tourist crowds at the cable car station, I recommend this hike.

April 1, 2019

Fantastic Hike up Skeleton Gorge!

Cliff was a fantastic Guide, friendly, knowledgeable and always willing to share his experiences. We had a warm sunny day and the hike although a little strenuous was well worth the effort, as we had fantastic views during the hike and from the top of Table Mountain. Cliff took us on a less familiar route and we seen things that we wouldn't have, had we followed the normal route. My wife and I both thoroughly enjoyed the Hike and met our expectations to the full. We have some great pictures and memories to take back to Scotland with us.

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May 4, 2017

Fantastic scenery. Matt the guide made the hike to a fantastic experience.

February 9, 2020

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