TABLE MOUNTAIN HIKE – FULL DAY
Tour Code: FA10
Depart the city for Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, where we meet a Mountain Guide, collect picnic lunches and kit up for a moderate to strenuous hike of 5-6 hours up the eastern flank of Table Mountain.
Reaching the eastern summit, we follow the Smut’s Track path to MacLear’s Beacon, the highest point on Table Mountain, built by the celebrated 19th Century Royal astronomer.
The walk is an ideal introduction to the indigenous “Fynbos” flora of the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest but richest of the world’s 6 plant kingdoms, with some 8 600 flowering species. Besides plants like Protea, you may see Sunbirds and even Black Eagle as well as Rock Hyrax and other small mammals.
A lunch stop at MacLear’s Beacon affords ample time to absorb the vistas of Table Bay and the city below before we continue our walk west along the Table. The fit and energetic can choose to descend the mountain via the steep Platteklip Gorge path to Tafelberg Road OR continue the walk to the Upper Cable Station, to board the revolving cable car for a breathtaking mountain decent (weather permitting). You are met by your transport at the Lower Cable Station.
Note: Picnic lunch and drinks need to be carried by each hiker. Comfortable, robust walking shoes, sunhat and sun protection is necessary. A warm jersey and rain-proof jacket is also strongly advised. Your experienced guide will carry a cellphone and full medical kit.
Inclusions: Entrance Fees for Table Mountain and Kirstenbosch. Packed Lunch, bottled water.