I had my heart rate monitor on, and burnt 1680 calories from start to end. Had we not done the cable way down, Im sure I could have added another 400 calories to this figure.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden. It cost us R35 each to get through the gates and onto the route, which is via Skeleton Gorge.
Follow the Skeleton Gorge signs inside the Botanical gardens.
Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens is also a very popular venue for Concerts in the Park.
About two thirds of the way up Skelleton gorge, we reached a few wooden ladders (and gladly no chains as the sign indicates). These wooden ladders are a real welcome! Usually by now we've had our second break, but today was one of my stronger days for climbing and we went up in one go all the way to the top.
Blackberry 9700 Bold takes very poor pictures compared to my Nokia N82. Dont get me wrong, I just love the Blackberry for what it has to offer for business etc, but for taking photo's it gets a thumbs down. Had I not dropped my Nokia so many times (on my hikes!) and it was still working, I would have used it hands down as my main source for taking my pictures.
From here, we walked another 20min up the steep incline before we reached our next crossroad.
At the first crossroad once we reached the top, we turned right to follow the path hugging the side of the mountain overlooking Kirstenbosch and surrounds.
Its very disheartening if you think you have reached the top, when you see another monster hill in front of you.
Our GPS indicated that we were on about 800m from here, and we had another 280m to go before we reached our peak... MacClears Beacon.
MacClears beacon marks the highest point on Table Mountain of 1080m. We started walking at an altitude of 50m, so a 1km climb over about 4.5km is not too bad for one to consider it a good walk for the day.
Devils Peak. Im still keen to find a way from Devils Peak to MacClears... not sure if there is one? Have seen a few faint paths on Google Earth, but Im going to have to set out on a mission to find this one.
Due to our respect for this majestic mountain, we are very careful to not just go wandering off onto some route into the unknown...
After a short break, we ventured on - heading directly for the cable way. This path follows a almost flat path all along the face of Table Mountain. I just love it here, and would recommend it to anyone to come and see the views this fairly easy and flat section has to offer.
Lions Head and the city of Cape Town almost all the way back to the Cable Station.
Platteklip Gorge from an angle we are not too familiar with. Platteklip Gorge is the easier route to walk up to the top of Table Mountain if you do not wish to take the cable way. Be sure to remember that Plattes (as known by the locals) has no mercy for the unfit either.
Upper Cable Station is very well equipped - the walkways are also made for easy access for disabled persons - and there is a rather pricey restaurant / coffee shop at the top.
Wild Cards, which eased off on the price tag of taking the Cable Car down.
Normal price is about R85pp one way, but it cost us R68pp as South African Citizens we had the Wild Cards which helped us get it at a more discounted rate.
You can also buy tickets online if you dont feel like standing in the queue. Note: This queue for the cable way coming up is often over an hour long.
I just love staring at the mountain after a walk... trying to see if I can recognise our path we had just done.
Another favourite thing of mine to do, is to draw our route of the day off Google Earth map.
Before I got the Garmin eTrex Legend, I used to do this type of picture manually. Now the GPS does it for me automatically. Love it!
Costs of route:
R35pp entrance fee to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
R68pp down the cable way with a Wild Card.
Altitude: start 50m to 1080m at MacClears Beacon
Time: 4 hours
What a walk! We did this walk just over a year ago, but forgot to take pictures (it was raining and we had a white-out on the day - loved that toooooo!), but at that time we were focusing on staying on the track. Great walk, great workout and good all round fun as part of living the life that our environment has to offer us.