Skeleton Gorge Overview

There’s no faster way to visit the Kirstenbosch Gardens with a Skeleton Gorge hike. These exciting new tickets help you avoid long lines to see hundreds of plant species, a network of hiking trails and Canopy Treetop Walkway by the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens group on a Skeleton Gorge hike.

See the best of Kirstenbosch Gardens on this guided, 5-6 hour hike around Skeleton Gorge and Nursery Ravine. Learn about the history of the land with live commentary from a tour guide. Food, beverages, and souvenirs are available for purchase at the restaurant after the hike up Skeleton Gorge.

  • 5-6-hour hike around Skeleton Gorge and Kirstenbosch Gardens
  • Amazing views of the Southern Suburbs skyline
  • hike by the dam of Skeleton Gorge and Nursery Ravine
  • Entertaining and informative commentary
  • Upgrade options available including premier seating and VIP package

Highlights of Skeleton Gorge

  • Hike Skeleton Gorge and get instant access to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
  • Show, scan, and enjoy. Avoid the need for printers – easily present your voucher on a mobile device
  • Book your preferred entry time to guarantee little to no waiting times to begin hiking
  • Admire more than 528 hectares of land and the Canopy Tree Walkway on Skeleton Gorge tour
  • Discover the parallels between Table Mountain National Park and Skeleton Gorge hiking trails
START TIME Please arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled pickup or departure time
END TIME Approximately 5-6 hours from the date and time the hike started
WEAR Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots if possible, hat, jacket and sunscreen.
Professional instructor 5-6 hour full day hike
tickets into Kirstenbosch Gardens Meals
Clothing and hiking gear
Instructor gratuity



As one of Cape Town’s most popular attractions, the Kirstenbosch Gardens draws over a million visitors each year. With this ticket, discover over 2 different hiking routes, waterfalls and more than 1000 different plant species from the Cape Floral Kingdon at your own pace.

Access a wide range of permanent and temporary hiking trails. Explore various aspects of Skeleton Gorge’s history and delve deeper into the hikes of 2 iconic routes at the exclusive new tour.


Arrivals and departure

Forget waiting times. Enjoy instant access to the Skeleton Gorge route courtesy of the blue lane ticket – the fastest way to get into the national park.

Booking details and beginning hike

By booking your preferred entry time in advance, you’ll benefit from immediate access and sail past the queues of people waiting to get in. With more time to enjoy inside the beautiful Skeleton Gorge trails, you can dive straight into the fantastic collections of hikes. 


When you arrive back down, simply head to the blue lane and present your mobile voucher to get immediate access into the restaurant with your guide. 

Coffee and drinks served before departure back to Cape Town

When you are ready to head home, the guide will order the shuttle back to your hotel or accommodation centrally located in Cape Town after a marvelous full day of hiking the Skeleton Gorge and Nursery Ravine Routes.
Pickup Times
Morning 7:30
Afternoon 10,11,12
*hotel drop-off included
** Group Hike
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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 35 reviews
October 1, 2018

Great Hike!

reviewed by Marja – Finland, Oct 2018

October 1, 2018

The planning of the hike was really good, and I would definitely recommend the tour guides, they are worth it as they give you a more in depth guide of the Skeleton Gorge route!

reviewed by Rachel – United Kingdom, Oct 2018

October 2, 2018

Perfect! I was able to get priority entry.

reviewed by Vincent – United Kingdom, Oct 2018

October 2, 2018


reviewed by Laura-Cristina – United Kingdom, Oct 2018

October 10, 2018

Perfect service

reviewed by Milan – Czech Republic, Oct 2018

October 13, 2018

Beautiful, we loved the hike and the history of Skeleton Gorge route.

reviewed by Teresita – United States, Oct 2018

October 13, 2018

Marvellous hike and guided tour!

reviewed by Susanne – Sweden, Oct 2018

October 14, 2018

Excellent hike. Takes you on a journey of your life. Great tour. A must do visit.

reviewed by Elaine – United Kingdom, Oct 2018

October 15, 2018

Loved it all !!!

reviewed by Catherine – South Africa, Oct 2018

October 15, 2018

I have been to the Kirstenbosch Gardens many times and I will go back there again in the future. It’s a must see in Cape Town so don’t miss it if you are visiting this awesome National Park. Not only it has great walks but the Skeleton Gorge guided tour is well described in English! Love it!

reviewed by Julio – United States, Oct 2018

October 16, 2018

Seeing the actual dam at the top was a treasure!

reviewed by Danielle – United States, Oct 2018

October 16, 2018

Loved it, such a calming experience

reviewed by Claire – United Kingdom, Oct 2018

October 18, 2018


reviewed by Yesika – France, Oct 2018

October 19, 2018


reviewed by Claire – United Kingdom, Oct 2018

October 20, 2018


reviewed by Luis Carlos – Mexico, Oct 2018

October 21, 2018

A fabulous tour!

reviewed by Denise – Australia, Oct 2018

October 22, 2018

Enjoyed every minute of it was more enhancing with a guide

reviewed by jamila – Canada, Oct 2018

October 23, 2018

It was a great experience.

reviewed by mary – Ireland, Oct 2018

October 27, 2018

Excellent! One of the best hiking tours ever. So we’ll organized.

reviewed by Nancy – United States, Oct 2018

October 28, 2018


reviewed by Fernanda – Portugal, Oct 2018

November 3, 2018

Very good
Well worth a visit.
reviewed by Kim – United Kingdom, Nov 2018

November 3, 2018

A wonderful experience

reviewed by A C – United Kingdom, Nov 2018

November 4, 2018

Stunning – beautiful hike

reviewed by Nikki – Germany, Nov 2018

November 5, 2018

So in awe of the mountains
reviewed by Rebecca – United States, Nov 2018

November 7, 2018

Greater & more exciting than I imagined

reviewed by Daniel – Canada, Nov 2018

November 7, 2018


reviewed by Roberto – Brazil. Nov 2018

November 10, 2018

Recommend buying the guided tour, it was very helpful.

reviewed by Mickey Jo – United States, Nov 2018

November 10, 2018

One of the best and happiest guided hiking times ever.

reviewed by Olha – Ukraine, Nov 2018

November 11, 2018


reviewed by Robert – Hungary, Nov 2018

November 12, 2018

A great and convenient service I will pre buy on line again Thank you so much

reviewed by Nancie – Canada, Nov 2018

November 12, 2018

Best Hiking Guide Tour ever!

reviewed by Alexandra – Austria, Nov 2018

November 14, 2018


reviewed by Grete – Denmark, Nov 2018

November 16, 2018


reviewed by Gillian – United Kingdom, Nov 2018

November 16, 2018

Great hike, challenging and workout. Guided tour excellent.

reviewed by Jacqueline – New Zealand, Nov 2018

November 16, 2018

easy navigation of guided hikes by staff pleasant and knowledgable

reviewed by John – United States, Nov 2018

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