Skeleton Gorge to Nursery Ravine
Duration: +/-6 hours
Cost: R1900pp (1 person)
R1100pp (2 people)
R380pp (children under 12y)
Free (children under 5y)
Included: Experienced and qualified mountain guide in English, Italian and/or German language.
Access to the botanical garden.
A cup of tea or coffee and snacks.
Excluded: hiking gears, cable car ticket one way down, taxi back to the starting point
Transport: pick up can be arranged
Meeting Point: Kirstenbosch Botanical garden Gate 2, Newlands, Cape Town
Start Time: 8am in winter (Apr-Sep)
8am in summer (Oct-Mar)
Lunch: lunch pack(on request R130)
Difficulty: moderate to strenuous
What to expect: a qualified guide will assist on the route and lead you on top of the mountain to ensure you will get the best experience and knowledge of South Africa’s history, nature and culture.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is the biggest in South Africa.
The garden surrounds an area of 528 hectares. Over 7000 of the 18000 species of the flora of South Africa are in the garden, 6000 species of trees and plants.
it is a perfect route to take during a hot summer day because most of the time it is in the shade. We will be shaded by yellowwood, assengaaibos, milkwood, wild peach, red alder and other indigenous trees. The path become steeper and steeper towards the top, winding its way up through beautiful ferns.
If you do not hike often, it can be strenuous in some parts because of the high steps. We will have a few breaks, followed by a detour to a cave. Once at the top of Castle Rock (roughly 800m elevation), we will turn towards Table Mountain through the Smuts Track. A beautiful path where we will gain about 350 m elevation and we will have a picnic with stunning views of the False Bay and suburb of Newlands, Hout Bay with Silvermine in the distance. Afterwards, we will reach the highest point of Table Mountain with spectacular view of Table Bay. The path continues for about 40 mins we will reach the upper cable car station and use the cable car to go down.
If Table Mountain cable car is closed, we'll take an alternative route, a steep descent to the Contour Path, made worthwhile by the king protea—flowering from February to August—and return in Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, where we will have a walking tour around the largest botanical garden in South Africa.
What to wear:
Comfortable footwear (hiking boots or running shoes)
The weather is unpredictable in the mountain so please bring a raincoat and wear layers of clothes so you can take off and on.
Walking poles can be useful to not put strength on knees and ankles (optional)
Water (at least 1 litre if it is a hot day even more, a cup every 60 minutes)
Sunblock, daypack, camera and hat in summer
Long pants, beanie and gloves in winter
Rules to follow on route:
Do not litter
Do not be too noisy
Do not pick up flowers
Do not trample vegetation
Do not interfere with the wildlife
Do not light fires
Do not play music
Always be prepared for bad weather
Never split up from the group
Have your cell phone fully charged