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Maclear's Beacon, Cape Town

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#15 of 29 in Historic Sites in Cape Town
Historic Walking Area · Hidden Gem · Lookout
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Marking the highest point on Table Mountain, Maclear's Beacon offers sweeping views of Cape Town and its surroundings. The beacon was originally built in 1865 as a triangulation station and is still used by cartographers today. The hike up via the Skelton Gorge route is an adventure in its own right, while walking up from the Upper Cable Car Station is much easier. In any case, you will get to enjoy the views, so be sure to bring your camera. Maclear's Beacon is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , custom trip planner Edition.
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  • It just had to be done and so I started a plan to get to the highest point in Cape Town. I took a bus to Cape town then afterward connected with a Myciti bus from Adderley street to Kloofnek bus... 
    It just had to be done and so I started a plan to get to the highest point in Cape Town. I took a bus to Cape town then afterward connected with a Myciti bus from Adderley street to Kloofnek bus...  more »
  • From the top of the cableway, it is an easy walk along the top to McLears beacon which is easily seen. Trainers or waling shoes pretty essential, don’t try it in flip flops!. Well worth the extra... 
    From the top of the cableway, it is an easy walk along the top to McLears beacon which is easily seen. Trainers or waling shoes pretty essential, don’t try it in flip flops!. Well worth the extra...  more »
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  • Great hike from the aerial tram exit. Plan for an hour each way. Rocky sections can be a bit hard on the knees Small section with chain support!
  • Started from Platteklip Gorge starting point and made my way up to the very highest point of Table Mountain. From the top of Platteklip Gorge to Maclears Beacon is a flat comfortable hike suitable for all ages. Take in the beauty that is Table Mountain.

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