Skeleton Gorge Hike – Table Mountain – Cape Town

The route starts on the lush, western slope of Table Mountain in the famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden. It follows a shaded ravine, covered in indigenous forest and includes a few wooden ladders. After reaching the summit, there is still a steady climb through pristine fynbos to the highest point on the mountain, Maclear’s Beacon. You get wide-ranging views, down the Cape peninsula, across False Bay and inland towards the winelands. From there it traverses the whole flat tabletop to the cableway station with superb views of the city bowl, Lion’s head and Table Bay. Skeleton Gorge is one of the Table Mountain Classic hikes.

Hike Duration: About 4 and a half hours

Hike Distance: About 6.5km / 4.4 miles

Elevation Gain: 900 meters / 3000 feet

Price: R1400 per person

Please note the following

Costs are for bookings of minimum 2 people. (+R1200 for the group to have a privately guided hike).

Please remember to tell us if you prefer a private hike (no one else joins your group). 


Transport to and from your accommodation in the city centre, or immediate surrounds.

Services of a fully qualified guide. 

Taxi fare back to the start of the trail.


Your cableway ticket down of R220 per person.

We hike up and take the cable car down. If the cable car is closed due to strong wind, we must hike back down (via Platteklip Gorge), add an extra 2 hours and R300pp.

Entrance fee for Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

Lunch. We’re happy to pack you a lunch which consists of a sandwich, energy bar and water, at a cost of R200 pp.