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Table Mountain

S 33 57.325 E 018 24.948

There are more than 50 routes of varying difficulty up Table Mountain. The north-facing Platteklip Gorge route is one of the most common and straightforward paths to the top of the mountain. This route conveniently starts on Table Mountain Road (S 33 57.325 E 018 24.948), 1.5 km east of the lower cableway station and ends about a 10-minute walk from the upper cableway station at the top. It should take the average hiker about 2.5hrs to complete each way.

Another common and scenic route is the Skeleton Gorge, which starts from the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. This route requires negotiating some steep ravines, climbing over boulders and up ladders, but has the benefit of being shaded by trees for much of the way. Descending via the Skeleton Gorge route can be difficult because of the steep sections. Once you reach the top, it is possible to hike across the mountain to the upper cableway station or return to the Kirstenbosch Gardens via the Nursery Ravine route. From the Skeleton Gorge route, follow the signs along the Kasteelspoort path for roughly 30 minutes to the head of the Nursery Ravine trail, which will take you back to the Kirstenbosch gardens for a rewarding drink.

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Table Mountain