Hike on Table Mountain. Smuts
Enjoy a guided hike on Table Mountain with Ridgway Ramblers. We will ensure that your hike on Table Mountain is the highlight of your holiday.
Smuts Track is a classic Table Mountain route. Named after Jan Christiaan Smuts (1870-1950) a former prime minister of South Africa who was reputed to regularly walk this trail until well into his 70’s. It is a longish day hike and takes you from Kirstenbosch Gardens and finishes on Tafelberg Road. You therefore need to arrange for someone to pick you up the end of the walk.
You start in Kirstenbosch gardens and ascend onto the back table via Skeleton Gorge. This route is spectacularly beautiful. It is a deep gorge lined with indigenous trees as it follows a small stream. There are a few ladders to be negotiated as well as a few hundred metres of the path where you are actually walking in the stream bed.
It should take you around 2 hours to get to the top of the gorge. Here you can enjoy a break in the last shade of the day. Here a number of paths meet so you need to take the path leading to the right (facing towards the middle of the mountain) which leads up for 20 metres before levelling off and heading North along the Eastern side of the mountain.