On our first morning in Cape Town, we had a splendid view from our breakfast room over the city and onto Table Mountain (on the left), Lion’s Head (the pointy peak in the center) as well as Signal Hill (on the right). To make the most of the view and the great weather that day and because we still had our car, we decided to hike up the Table Mountain.
We’ve heard that the nicest hike up starts from the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden and through the Skeleton Gorge. And that is what we did, up the ladders, stairs and boulders of the steep Skeleton Gorge…
… and along beautiful flowers and vegetation …
… for about 1h 40 until we reached the very top of Table Mountain.
With the beautiful view over the city and the ocean, we layed in the sun for a while before thinking about the way back down.
One option would have been the cable car directly on the Cape Town side (Gab had a bit of a knee problem since the last day of the Otter trail). But we went for the hike down again, also because we had our car at the other side of Table Mountain at the Botanical Garden.
With a short detour, we passed by a rather spooky-looking lake as the clouds moved in over the mountains. To decent from the top, we took a parallel route to the Skeleton Gorge along the Nursery Ravine. This route is not easier but offers nice views as it does not lead through forest as much.
Back down at the Botanical Gardens we can recommend the Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway to get a nice view of the Gardens and the back of Table Mountain.
The evening that day involved some logistics for us (returning the car we had rented for the trip so far) and a relaxed evening at the hotel bar.