Walk from Kirstenbosch Gardens

to Maclears Beacon. Table

Mountains most classic hiking


One of the most classic hiking routes on Table mountain begins with Skeleton and finishes with Platteklip gorge.

The climb up Skeleton gorge, although steep is almost entirely shaded by magnificent indigenous trees. Emerging at the top there are plenty of flat rocks for a well earned rest.

The route then follows Smuts Track. This route named after Jan Smuts, one time president of South Africa who walked this route every day until well into his mid seventies.

smuts track






Smuts Track meanders along the top of the mountain through beautiful fynbos where during the summer months you may be lucky enough to see some red disa’s. Then, after  a couple of mild rock scrambles,reaches Maclears Beacon (the highest point on the mountain). Here the 360 degree views of the city, Blouberg, Robbin Island, the Southern suburbs, cape flats and the entire back Table make the walk well worth it.

maclears beacon
Finally a flat walk along the flat Table top. And down the steep Platteklip gorge. (or those with tired legs may take the cable car down)