Climb Skeleton Gorge and Stay on Table Mountain

Hike the famous Skeleton Gorge and spend the night on Table Mountain. 2 days.

On this adventure, you’ll explore Cape Town’s famous Table Mountain. Climb one of the mountain’s many great hiking routes, explore the mountains ravines and streams, sleep high up in a mountain cottage, wake to a spectacular sunrise, explore the summit plateau, take in the panoramic views and be back in Cape Town in time for tea.

Your hassle-free adventure includes

  • 2 days hiking on Table Mountain
  • 1 nights exclusive accommodation
  • Bedding and towels
  • All meals
  • Experienced local guide
  • Conservation fees
  • Luggage transfer so you only have to hike with a day pack

Perfect for

Anyone looking for a Table Mountain experience with a difference. You need a moderate level of fitness but no previous experience is required. You must be comfortable with ladders and easy scrambles.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights
  • Cable car, 45 Rand (If the group chooses to descend this way)
  • Alcohol
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for your guides (optional)

Your host will pick up your luggage from where you are staying in Cape Town around 07:00 and take it to Table Mountain’s National Park office. Your luggage and the cool boxes of food will be transported up to the cottage. If you’d like, your host can organise beer/wine etc to be transported to the cottage, please arrange this when you book.

Your host will then be back to collect you at the agreed time. After the hike everything will be waiting for you at the cottage. Take a shower, relax and take in the views over Cape Town as your host cooks a traditional South African dinner for you.

In the morning all you need to do is pack up and enjoy breakfast and your luggage will be take down the mountain for you again. Depart on the hike down the mountain or take a ride on the cable car. Your host will drop you off your accommodation in Cape Town once again and your luggage will follow.

If you have a group size between 2 and 12 your host will guide you on a private trip.

Unfortunately not on this trip. Team up with some friends and enjoy a private trip up the mountain.

Your host recommends to pack:

  • Good walking shoes or boots
  • Daysack
  • Layered hiking clothing
  • Waterproofs
  • Wash gear
  • Suncream
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Warm clothes for the evening
  • Camera

You are free to book any flights that fit with the start and end point of the trip.

Yes, as this is a private trip children are from the age of 6 are welcomed to join the adventure.

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You will aim for the route up Skeleton Gorge route up table mountain as the trip itinerary specifies. However, if you have any special requirements your host is happy to discuss alternative routes to suit your group’s abilities. There is also the option to descend via the cable car to save your knees on the descent.

Breakfasts will be a selection of fruits, cereals and yoghurts with the option of eggs (scrambled or boiled)

Lunches are packed lunches with sandwiches, nuts, fruits and energy bars

Dinner is a traditional Cape Malay dish of bobotie served with rice and salad.

Yes of course. Please let your hosts know once you have booked.


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Cape Town is a thriving metropolitan city, teeming with life, that is sure to be on every traveller’s dream tick list. There is something for everyone in Cape Town with culture, adventure, beaches, mountains and fine food all in one place. The city brings together peoples from all of South Africa’s varied cultural groups in a vibrant mix of colour that shows the ‘Rainbow Nation’ at its best. Part of what makes the city so special is its dramatic location, nestled at the point of Africa between the turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the infamous Table Mountain.

Standing at 1,084 metres above sea level, Table Mountain is a spectacular backdrop to the city. The mountain is at the heart of the Table Mountain National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Because of the different micro-climates found at changing altitudes on the mountain, it has an incredible diversity of plant life from the deeply forested ravines to the exposed summit plateau. Table Mountain offers spectacular and iconic views, and, as your route climbs from the back of the mountain and traverses round to the front you will get to experience them all.

Start point

Your local hosts will collect you from your Cape Town accommodation at 07:00.

Finish point

You will be transferred back to your Cape Town accommodation for around 16:00.

What to Expect

Day 1: Climbing Skeleton Gorge

Your exact route up Table Mountain can be tailored to the group. A popular route is via the famous Skeleton Gorge. For this route, you will be transferred from your Cape Town accommodation to the world-renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

From the gardens, it’s a 600m ascent up the steep gorge - a challenging route with a varied character. Starting in a forested ravine you’ll climb through all of the mountains floral zones to the upper slopes with their expansive views.

In the afternoon, you’ll explore the streams and ravines of the ‘back of the mountain’. Next, it’s on to your night’s accommodation at the Overseers Cottage. You can immerse yourself in the spectacular views and enjoy the rare tranquillity of staying on the mountain all while your host prepares a traditional South African dinner for you.

Day 2: Summiting Table Mountain

For the early birds, enjoy a hot tea or coffee watching the sunrise from the cottage. After breakfast, you’ll hike the final 300m of ascent over 11km to the summit. The trail takes you around the mountain with stunning views of cliffs and turquoise sea.

On the summit plateau, there are breath-taking views over Cape Town, Table Bay and Robben Island. You may also encounter one of the mountains many inhabitants, the charismatic little rock hyrax, which the locals have nicknamed ‘dassies’.

From the summit, you have the option of descending via the steep Platteklip Gorge, which rivals the Skeleton Gorge as one of the best routes on the mountain, or descending via cable car to save tired legs. Once down, you’ll be transferred back to your accommodation.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.


You will be staying in the Overseers Cottage situated in a spectacular position high up on Table Mountain. The cottage has six twin rooms with shared bathroom facilities. The cottage will be booked for the exclusive use of the group allowing you to enjoy the expansive views and unique experience in peace and tranquillity.

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