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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.
The Geometric Tortoise is endemic to Renosterveld, and 2nd in the world as the rarest and most endangered tortoise. Other Western Cape reptiles include 50 lizard species, 23 snake species and 44 frog species, many of which are rare and endangered.