Table Mountain Trail

The Table Mountain Trail provides one of the rare opportunities to spend the night in comfort, high up on the slopes of Table Mountain. The Overseers Cottage, situated on the 'Back' Table of the Mountain is a fully serviced overnight facility where we gather around the fire to enjoy a traditional South African 'braai' (barbeque). It is a two day / one night hike that starts in the world renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and finishes at the lower cable station, after visiting the top of Table Mountain. The paths are generally well defined and clear but can be difficult to follow in heavy mist or rain.

Itinerary

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 09h00. 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. The final challenge is the walk off the Table, down the steep, but well defined Platteklip Gorge route. Weather permitting, there is an optional alternative of taking the easy way down with t a ride in the cable car.

You will be met at the Lower Cable Station, where you can put your feet up while we transport you back to you're the start at Kirstenbosch or alternatively to your accommodation in Cape Town (by arrangement)

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