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Author: Jason Crowther

Nursery Ravine

Duration 3 – 4 hours Difficulty Moderate Trail Type Out & Back Distance 3 km Nursery Ravine is located on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, directly above Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The climb up will have you thinking two distinct thoughts: “Why on earth did I choose this hike?” and “This has to be the most beautiful climb up Table Mountain!” A love-hate relationship if you will. Yes, Nursery Ravine is almost only steps (give or take 700, but who’s counting?). However, the natural beauty of this rain forest-like gorge is simply breath-taking. You are also afforded the opportunity...

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Hiking Up Lion’s Head

Duration 1 – 2 hours Difficulty Easy – Moderate Trail Type Out & Back Distance 4.5 km Lion’s Head is possibly the most popular hike in Cape Town. People love it so much because it is short, relatively easy and offers some of the best views of Cape Town, Table Mountain and The Twelve Apostles. You don’t get much better really! Starting at the parking lot below the peak you can expect the hike to take approximately 1-2 hours depending on how fit you are and how busy it is. I would suggest a sunrise hike. There will probably...

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Skeleton Gorge to Maclears Beacon

Duration 6 hours Difficulty Moderate – Difficult Trail Type Out & Back Distance 7 km Hiking up Skeleton Gorge to Maclears Beacon, the highest point on Table Mountain, is arguably one of the best hikes up the mountain. Albeit not an easy hike, it’s certainly worth every ounce of effort you put in. From the beautiful Kirstenbosch botanical gardens and the lush indigenous forest above, to the diverse fynbos at the top, this hike has it all. Taking approximately 5 – 6 hours for most people to complete, it is advised to pack a lunch and make a day...

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