- Guided walk through Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
- Route through pristine Afro-Montain forest
- Visit the historic Waterworks Railway Museum (on top of the Mountain)
- Views on day 1 from 650 m and day 2 from 1087 m
- Warm and cosy cottage with good traditional South African cuisine
- Maclears Beacon – the highest point on the Table Mountain chain
Views over the city of Cape Town from the Western Table of the Mountain.
Table Mountain is unique not only in it’s position, shape and stature, but in that it is part of a National Park surrounded entirely by the municipal boundaries of the city. Experience a feast of fynbos and fresh mountain air in an unusual combination with fine food, wine, history and the most spectacular scenery.
Day 1: After collection from your accommodation in Cape Town you meet your guide/s in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on the eastern side of the mountain at 09:00 am. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the Gardens until you reach the contour path, where the mountain hike begins. From here your mountain guide will select the route to be taken to the top, according to the group’s ability and the weather. The walk to Overseers Cottage is approximately 2 – 3 hours.
Arrive at the Overseer’s Cottages for an early lunch, before taking an afternoon walk around the Back Table to the railway museum and the old reservoirs.
On to Kasteelspoort for the vital photograph of ‘the diving board’ that overlooks Camps Bay and the Atlantic Coastline, far below. Return to the cottage, where, after a hot shower, enjoy pre-dinner drinks while overlooking False Bay and the distant mountain ranges, or Orangekloof and Hout Bay on the other side. Then it is time for a South African braai (barbecue) or potjiekos (cast-iron pot-on-the-fire) stew, which is served around the fire - either under the stars, or inside on cooler evenings.
Day 2: After a leisurely breakfast you will set off along the historic Smuts Track towards Skeleton Gorge and Nursery Ravine and Echo Valley, on your way to Maclears Beacon and the highest point of the mountain. The pace is easy as you enjoy the interesting rock formations, the spectacular views and the wide variety of fynbos species, including proteas, ericas, restios and many others.
A lunch spot is chosen to take best advantage of prevailing weather conditions and then it is on to the top of Platteklip Gorge and the Western Table en route to the cable station and your ride down (weather permitting). The alternative route is the steep, but well defined path down Platteklip Gorge.
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