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.
The Table Mountain Trail crosses the Back Table, Eastern Table and Western Table of Table Mountain.
Cape Town – city and southern suburbs region
Taxi cab; e-hailing; self-drive; collection by arrangement
Trip Duration / Options
2 days / 1 night – fully catered and guided
Start / Finish
Start: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens – GPS: 33˚98’92.80 S / 18˚43’41.70 E
Finish: Lower Cable Station – over looking Cape Town CBD – GPS: 33˚95’11.06 S / 18˚40’28.52 E
Daily Time / Distances
Day 1: Between 4 & 8 km depending on route. 4-5 hours including lunch stops
Day 2: 9km. 3-4 hours.
Moderate with some steep sections and a short, easy rock scramble. No exposure.
A good degree of overall fitness required.
Technical detail / Terrain
Example: On path, steep terrain, no technical exposure, limited easy scrambling
Example: Mountain terrain with short steep sections, well defined natural rock path with some loose stones and uneven surfaces underfoot
1 Night – Overseers Cottage
Comfortable beds with bedding and towels – 2 doubles; 1 twin; 1 twin with bunk beds; 1 4 sleeper with bunk beds; 1 4 sleeper with single beds.
Food Supply / Catering
This is a fully catered trail with lunch packs both days, dinner, breakfast and hot beverages supplied. Cold beverages / drinks for own account.
Logistic support / Guiding
All overnight luggage is transported – day packs only.
The trail is guided by a fully trained, accredited mountain guide.
Day and night time views over the southern suburbs of Cape Town (weather permitting); unique overnight experience on top of this famous Mountain; day time views over the city of Cape Town and Cape Peninsula.
Cableway ride from Table Mountain (not included in cost).
Fauna & Flora
The core of the ‘fynbos’ biome and part of the Cape Floristic Region World Heritage Site. Mostly nocturnal and shy small animals, occasional small antelope and rock hyrax. Lizards and agamas with a scattering of birdlife.
Cape Town and Table Mountain are located in a Mediterranean climate with winter rainfall. Summer can be hot (up to 35 degrees). Spring and Autumn are moderate and the best hiking season although good winter days can be quite warm and summer temperatures are seldom high for long periods. Hiking is possible all year round.
Seasonality & Best Time Year
Spring and Autumn are moderate and the best hiking season although good winter days can be quite warm and summer temperatures are seldom high for long periods. Hiking is possible all year round.
Minimum 6 persons – maximum 14 persons (recommended group size 8 to 10)
Special lock down rate for SA citizens and permanent residents R2150 pp minimum group 6 people
Standard rate R2695 pp
- Entry to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
- 1 nights Accommodation
- All Meals: Dinner, Breakfast & Packed lunch on hike days
- Local Hiking Guide
- Luggage Transfers & Vehicle Support
- Cableway tickets one way from upper to lower cable station
- Collection from accommodation and return after the hike.
- Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (order in advance or no charge to bring your own)
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