Platteklip Gorge, Cape Town

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Steep and strenuous hikes at Platteklip Gorge are not for the faint-hearted. Consider climbing with a guide to the summit of Table Mountain, where your efforts will be rewarded with priceless views. Plan your visit to Platteklip Gorge and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Cape Town trip itinerary builder site.
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  • We used this trail to hike down Table Mountain. It has beautiful views and is well sign posted. The trail is partly made of wire mesh around the rocks, in places this has come loose and is actually a....  more
    We used this trail to hike down Table Mountain. It has beautiful views and is well sign posted. The trail is partly made of wire mesh around the rocks, in places this has come loose and is actually a....  more »
  • It was an experience to remember, a little cloudy on the day that I hiked up, but got to see a picturesque landscape so all worth it in the end. Oh and not forgetting the encouragement from all the... 
    It was an experience to remember, a little cloudy on the day that I hiked up, but got to see a picturesque landscape so all worth it in the end. Oh and not forgetting the encouragement from all the...  more »
  • The trail through Platteklip gorge is the easiest way for hiking up to Table mountain. There are several ways to reach the gorge which actually is more like a gully in the upper part of the mountain.....  more
    The trail through Platteklip gorge is the easiest way for hiking up to Table mountain. There are several ways to reach the gorge which actually is more like a gully in the upper part of the mountain.....  more »
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  • A tough climb for the uninitiated, but nothing technical. Lots of people wear jeans and sneakers, but I would advise wearing good running shoes and some lighter fitting clothing ‘cos it can get sweaty and slippery. At the top you can explore the mountain trails, head down the way you came or do down via the cable car (check if it’s operational). Pack water, snacks and your mobile.
  • A good hiking trail suitable for anyone with average fitness levels. Offers amazing views and can completed in 1.5h to 2.5h one way. Easier to going up and would recommend you take the cable car down
  • We had a great time on this hike! It was a bit of misty day, so views at the top were a bit impaired, but still thought it was worth the climb. It’s a fairly steep climb so be prepared for lots of stairs!
  • Cool hike up the mountain. Be sure to start early though. Best to stay out of the sun and heat. Fairly strenuous, definitely not if you're unfit. Take care to bring water. Depending on fitness, plan for at least a 90 min hike. Oh yes, the coffee cart at the start of the trail serves fantastic coffees and snacks too!
  • An enjoyable but tough climb up table mountain. The advantage of this route is that you won't get lost and you arrive close to the cable way station at the top.

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