Hiking to the Hely-Hutchinson Reservoir on the top of Table Mountain

By 9th November 2018Cape Town, South Africa
Hely-hutchinson Reservoir, Table Mountain (Nature Reserve), Cape Town

The dams on Table Mountain are beautiful, and worth the hike to get to them. One of the most prominent is the Hely-Hutchinson Reservoir, which is directly above Kirstenbosch botantical gardens.

The hike to the top of the mountain can take around 1 hour, and usually longer depending on the fitness of the group. During summer it’s best to hike in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the scorching midday heat.

View of Bishops court from Kirstenbosch gardens in Cape Town
A view of the leafy suburb of Bishop’s court from Kirstenbosch gardens.
Hiking through Kirstenbosch botantical gardens Cape Town
Hiking along the contour path through Kirstenbosch botanical gardens.

Skeleton Gorge can be a tough hiking trail, and not recommended for beginners or those feeling unfit.

The top of the Skeleton Gorge Hiking trail in Kirstenbosch
Arriving at the top of the Skelton Gorge hiking trail.
Hely-hutchinson Reservoir, Table Mountain (Nature Reserve), Cape Town
The Hely-hutchinson reservoir, one of the largest dams on top of Table Mountain.
Dark water in the Hely-hutchinson Reservoir, Table Mountain (Nature Reserve), Cape Town
A view of the dark water filling up the dam on top of Table Mountain.
A lizard next to the Hely-hutchinson Reservoir, Table Mountain (Nature Reserve), Cape Town
A lizard soaking in some sun on top of Table Mountain.