A full day combo hike on Table Mountain

Two of the most popular things to do whilst in Cape Town are a trip to the top of Table Mountain and a visit to Kirstenbosch Gardens on the slopes of Table Mountain. Many people select a full day hike from Kirstenbosch to the Table top. This is a wonderful hike that includes both highlights. However not everyone is energetic enough for a full day on the mountain. And if the South Easter is blowing strong enough to close the cable car the descent of Platteklip gorge at the end of the hike can be a challenge for even the strongest of legs. 

With these facts in mind, Ridgway Ramblers have put together a full day hike that includes both highlights but is a bit easier on the legs!

The morning is spent in the ascent of Table Mountain via the beautiful Platteklip Gorge. The is one of the most popular routes up the city side of Table Mountain and takes you to within 15 minutes of the cable car. Most people will make the ascent within 2 to 3 hours.

The magnificent Platteklip Gorge offers one of the quickest routes to the main Table Top

The magnificent Platteklip Gorge offers one of the quickest routes to the main Table Top

From the top you can choose between a further hours walk to Maclears Beacon (the highest point on the mountain) or go straight to the cable way area with the classic Table Mountain views over the city, Camps Bay and the 12 Apostles.  Descend via the cable car or Platteklip Gorge. (The South East wind often picks up during the day, hence if a South East is forecast there is a greater chance of the cable car being open in the morning.)

Enjoying the view from Table Mountain

Enjoying the view from Table Mountain

Once back at sea level, Ridgway Ramblers will transfer you to Kirstenbosch Gardens. This magnificent botanical garden is found half an hours drive away on the Southern Suburbs side of the mountain. After a picnic lunch on the luscious lawns we explore the gardens and slopes of the mountain. Here there is somethng to interest everyone. From Lady Barnards bird bath, to the natural remedy or fragrence gardens to the cycads.  A gentle stroll or a more energetic walk to the contour path are options here.

Enjoy a picnic lunch on the beautiful lawns of Kirstenbosch Gardens

Enjoy a picnic lunch on the beautiful lawns of Kirstenbosch Gardens