Time  4 hours 11 minutes

Coordinates 762

Uploaded January 11, 2017

Recorded November 2016

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near Bishopscourt, Western Cape (Republic of South Africa)

Table Mountain is one of the major highlights of a trip to Cape Town. There are many ways to access the mountain top one of which is a hike through Kirstenbosch Gardens. There is parking available and there is a fee for entry to the impressive gardens (which we did explore after our descent). From the gardens there are two different paths to the top and we chose to go up Skeleton Gorge and come back down via Nursery Ravine. The trails are in good shape, a map or GPS is recommended.

Unfortunately when we arrived at the top it was still shrouded in cloud. We thought the cloud would burn off in the time that it took to make our ascent but no such luck. So we ditched our plan to hike on to the cable car area on Table Mountain and instead we did a tour around a couple of reservoirs. We promised to try again on another day. When we got back down to Kirstenbosch the top was clearly visible, not a cloud in sight!

It was an interesting hike, the gardens were beautiful and the reservoirs were impressive in the clouds. For our successful climb to the top see Table Mountain via Platteklip Gorge.
Intersection

Intersection road

When you cross the road you are basically back at Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Intersection

Intersection 5

An intersection of paths, straight ahead to go down the mountain. Left would take you back to the way you came up the mountain (Skeleton Gorge).
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Intersection 2

We decided to explore more of this section of Table Mountain and doubled back to this point.
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Intersection 1a

The Intersections were clearly marked and made decision making easy.
Bridge

Woodhead dam

The dam that creates the reservoir
Intersection

Intersection 1

A three way intersection. To the right is up to Maclears beacon (very cloudy on our hike), to the left a path towards Nursery Ravine (and the way down). We went straight ahead towards the reservoirs.
Waypoint

Ladders

A couple of ladders that help you ascend a steeper portion of the trail

1 comment

  • Marc Strigel Nov 23, 2018

    I have followed this trail  verified  View more

    a cape town classic - no need to go up to top. seldomly seen a beach up on top of mountain

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