TABLE MOUNTAIN HIKE -
PRIVATE FULL DAY (4-6 hours)
Tour Code: FA10
√ Explore the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and its kaleidoscopic floral displays.
√ Take in the natural sights and sounds of the Cape as you hike up Table Mountain and explore its summit.
√ Glimpse the indigenous fynbos flora of the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest but richest of the world's six plant kingdoms, with some 8 600 flowering species.
√ Spot beautiful sunbirds and even Verreauxs' (Black) Eagles and watch small mammals such as the rock hyrax (dassie) clambering dexterously on the rocks.
√ Lunch while absorbing the breath-taking beauty of the Peninsula and the colourful city far below.
Depart the city for Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens where you will be met by your guide and collect your picnic lunches.
We begin our moderate to strenuous hike of 5-6 hours up the eastern flank of Table Mountain, following the course of a mountain stream. We ascend through beautiful indigenous Cape Afro-Montane forest until we have reached the eastern summit. We follow the Smut's Track path, offering panoramic views of the city below, to Maclear's Beacon, the highest point on Table Mountain, built by the celebrated 19th-century Irish-born astronomer who became Her Majesty's astronomer at the Cape of Good Hope in 1833.
Here, we stop for lunch, affording ample time to absorb the vistas of Table Bay and the city below, before you continue walking west along the Table.
The fit and energetic can choose to descend via the steep Platteklip Gorge path to Tafelberg Road, or you may continue the walk to the Upper Cable Station, to board the revolving cable car for a breath-taking mountain descent (weather permitting).
NB. You will need to carry your own picnic lunch and drinks. Comfortable, robust walking shoes, sun hat and sun protection are necessary. A warm sweater and rainproof jacket are also strongly advised. Your experienced guide will carry a cell phone and full medical kit. Please note that this is a strenuous hike and is not recommended for children under 12 years of age.