Hike to Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town

Organized by Hike Lion's Head

Activity Snapshot

Spoken languages: Afrikaans, English
Minimum age: From 10 years-old and up
Cancellation policy: flexible More info
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Activity description

Witness Table Mountain’s unique biodiversity on this hike through Kirstenbosch Gardens.

A botanical garden on a grand scale, Kirstenbosch is home to some of South Africa’s rarest and most interesting flora and fauna. Nestled against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain – pass the infamous Skeleton Gorge to reach fields of fragrant Fynbos on a challenging trail that takes both skill and determination - climbing over high ladders, rushing waterfalls and boulders…

Kirstenbosch Gardens is a protected biosphere as part of Table Mountain National Park. This activity follows Skeleton Gorge to Table Mountain and descends via the Nursery Ravine route – it starts from within the Botanical Gardens and takes in all the floral zones on the mountain - leading across the length of the famous ‘Table’.

Meet your guide in Cape Town for this scenic hike to through Kirstenbosch Gardens. Considered one of the most impressive botanical gardens in the world, his 6.2 km (6 hour) trek follows a lush jungle-like route before heading up and over the breathtaking summit. Travelling through Kirstenbosch Gardens, hike Skeleton Gorge, a challenging trail that takes both skill and determination to climb high ladders, rushing waterfalls and boulders. Suitable for anyone of moderate physical fitness (and a good head for heights), this route showcases the eastern side of the mountain – navigating lush flanks of Fynbos and Proteas (the national flower of South Africa). A stunning route for naturalists – whatever the season, the wild meadows are a vibrant kaleidoscope of red, white and pink shades – and the occasional ‘Dassie’ or Hydrax sunbathing on a rocky escarpment. After reaching the slightly higher summit (about 20 meters / 70 feet higher than the rest of the ‘Table’), mark the moment with a few photos before retruning via the Nursey Ravine route, where your transport will be waiting to take you back to your accommodation.

The route involves some light, non-exposed scrambling. One section requires you to negotiate a series of wooden ladders lightly exposed to heights - more challenging during wet conditions. In winter (June to August), the route gets very wet and quite treacherous, especially directly after rain. Suitable footwear is recommended.

Activity requirements

Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
  • Guide
Do not forget to bring
  • Closed Toe Footwear
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Suncream/Water
  • GoPro/Camera
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Meeting point
Accommodation transfers included - alternatively, please meet at Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town, 7735, South Africa Get directions

Cancellation policy

Cancellation 4 days or more prior to the agreed activity date
You will be automatically refunded for the full amount for the activity
4 days
Cancellation between 48 and 96 hours prior to the agreed activity date
You are entitled to a 50% refund
48 hrs
Cancellation 48 hours or later prior to the agreed activity date
No refund will be possible
Weather Guarantee
Regardless of the date, if the activity is cancelled due to bad weather conditions, you will be offered a refund or the chance to reschedule


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