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Table Mountain’s Platteklip gorge hiking trail

  • By Marin Gorrie
  • July 30 2012

Photo courtesy <a href='http://www.flickr.com/photos/hugovdm/2252823054/'>hugovdm</a> Photo courtesy hugovdm
Although Table Mountain Cableway has ceased operations until August 6, 2012, weather permitting, to focus on its annual maintenance, you can still enjoy Table Mountain with a leisurely hike up one of the trails.

You can choose from a number of hiking trails, including Skeleton Gorge, Kasteelspoort and Platteklip Gorge.

Probably the most common trail, Platteklip Gorge is often considered as the easiest, but with approximately 800 steep rock steps to climb, it’s not simply a matter of ambling up the mountain. Going down can be especially tough on the knees, so be prepared.

Starting on Tafelberg Road, about two kilometres from the Lower Cable Station, hikers will take the zigzag trail among the flora and fauna of the mountain, and are likely to spot a few dassies, agama lizards and even a waterfall along the way.

Once at the top, a short walk will take you to the Upper Cable Station where you will be able to take in the gorgeous views of Cape Town, Robben Island and the Atlantic Ocean. But remember, during our maintenance period (July 23 to August 5) none of our facilities will be open at the Upper Cable Station, including the ablution facilities.

The entire hike can take between two and four hours, depending on your fitness level, so remember to take with enough water, snacks and warm clothing and make sure your phone is fully charged, just in case you need to make a call.

Be sure you hike with other people as hiking on your own is not recommended, and preferably with at least one person who knows the route. For more hiking safety tips, visit our hikers page.

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