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Exploring Table Mountain

After a short walk through the world-renown Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, we ascend the mountain with a steady, but steep climb up Skeleton Gorge.  We discover the beautiful Afromontane forests, and its dynamic ecosystems, on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain.  At the top of Skeleton Gorge the Afro-Montane forest make way for Table Mountain's famous fynbos.  Here we have various options:

  • A moderate climb, initially through dense fynbos which makes way to short restio and erica communities, to Maclear's Beacon, the highest point in the Cape Peninsula (1085m), from where we have spectacular views of Table Bay and Robben Island;
  • On the way to Maclear's Beacon we can deviate to the Aqueduct to see the beautiful Red Disa (Disa uniflora), emblem of the Western Cape, and its only pollinator, the Pride of Table Mountain butterfly (Aeropetes tulbaghia) (Jan. / Feb.);
  • An easy walk to the Waterworks Museum and the Hely-Hutchinson and Woodhead reservoirs; 
  • A steep descend via Nursery Ravine, or an easier walk along the jeep track and Cecilia Forest trail to our starting point;
  • From Maclears Beacon we can also descend via Platteklip Gorge, or take the cable car to the lower cable station. (Cable car fee excluded from tour price)

An easier alternative would be to ascend and descend via the cable car, and walk to the Aqueduct, Waterworks Museum and reservoirs. (Cable car fee excluded from tour price)

Duration: About 3 to 7 hours, depending on which option you take, and your level of fitness.
Exertion: Moderate to very high

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Eco-Information on the Western Cape, South Africa.
Eco-tourism has become the buzz-word in tourism. Eco-tourism is not only about taking tourists into remote nature areas. My tours will take you into nature too, but with the emphasis on the entire ecology and conservation of such areas. Taking only individuals or small groups of tourists into protected areas will minimize the impact on the environment, and will give us the opportunity to share in the wonders of nature. Eco-tourism is also about social responsibility.

Visits to rural areas will benefit these communities. By benefiting the local people from tourism, they will want to preserve what is precious to them and to us. Many of my tours will take you to the country side, where you will meet and interact with the local people, sharing in their pride of our beautiful region.