Table Mountain is distinctive 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. Its position at the most South Westerly point of Southern Africa has had a profound impact on global history and cultural diversity and it is probably the most recognised location within the Cape Floral Kingdom World Heritage Site. With Table Mountain recently having been recognised as one of the international ‘Seven Wonders of Nature’, the Table Mountain Hiking trail provides the opportunity to experience this natural environment in a special way. This is Slackpacking at it's best.
Most people’s Table Mountain experience is limited to a day-time hike or cruise up in the cable car to marvel at the views. However, those in the know choose the complete and privileged experience of walking up the mountain to spend a night in the comfortable surroundings of the Overseers Cottage. Perched above Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, with views over False Bay and the distant Hottentots Holland Mountains, you can feast your soul on the fynbos, fresh mountain air and stunning views. In addition, to the stimulating walk, you will enjoy the specialist knowledge of local guides, indulge in sundowners, fireside conversation, fine food, good company and comfortable beds. To top it all off, imagine waking up to a panoramic sunrise and the smell of fresh croissants and coffee – all in a mountain setting, in the middle of the city.
The Table Mountain Trail provides a unique opportunity to trek through this exceptional part of a the Cape Floral Kingdom World Heritage Site, experience the flora, the spectacular views and get a unique exposure to an unusual aspects of the history of the city.
Some routes and activities are weather dependent. Professional guides will also assess the group’s ability and requirements, to select the most suitable routes.
Collection from accommodation in Cape Town
Dedicated, qualified field guide
Walk through Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Guided hike through a unique part of the Cape Floral Kingdom World Heritage Site
An abundant variety of unique plant species and pristine Afro-Montain forest
Visit the historic Waterworks Railway Museum (on top of the Mountain)
Veiws on day 1 from 650 metres and day 2 from 1087 metres
Rustic luxury cottage with good traditional South African cuisine – fully catered
Night views of the City
Maclears Beacon – the highest point on the Table Mountain chain
Views over the city of Cape Town from the Western Table of the Mountain
Cable Car ride down (optional – weather permitting)
We overnight at the comfortable and cosy Overseers Cottage, located high above Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and the Southern Suburbs of the city, overlooking False Bay. By the evening all the day walkers have left and we enjoy the experience of the tranquility of this unique facility.