Activities for hikers
If the idea of mountainous cliffs, steep drops and strenuous climbing blows your hair back, you might like to take the Cableway to the top and hike back down, or even hike both ways! Just remember that you won't always be able to rely on the Cableway to get up or down (due to unpredictable weather conditions), so leave yourself enough time to hike to the top and back again before dark if needs be.
Hikers: A frequent-user offer
Use the Cableway for less by taking advantage of our Cable Card!
Visit the Cableway as often as you like, limited to one return trip per day, ie. one trip up and one trip down.
An elevated stroll
The three visitor walks along the top of the mountain are neither long nor strenuous, and can be combined so that everyone in the family gets to see as much (or as little) as you want. The Dassie Walk promises spectacular views to the north, south and west. The Agama Walk will provide you with 360° aerial views of Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula, while the Klipspringer Walk takes hikers along the edge of the plateau to the top of Platteklip Gorge. All these walks are on level ground and are easy to navigate, while more lengthy options are available for the more adventurous. Short guided walks depart from the Twelve Apostles Terrace (below the Shop at the Top and the Table Mountain Café) on the hour from 09h00 – 15h00 and are free of charge.
Important rules for hikers
- Never hike alone. A group of four is ideal. Nominate a leader to guide you and make decisions on behalf of the group
- The group should hike at the rate of the slowest member and should never split up
- Take more than enough drinking water, especially in summer
- Select your route best suited to your group’s experience, fitness levels and capability
- Remember that the Cableway can close at any time due to unpredictable weather conditions. Don't rely on being able to ride it up or down, even if you've already checked whether it's open
- Allow sufficient time to ascend and descend before dark, making allowance for a stop at the summit for a rest and refreshments
- If you intend taking the Cableway down, make sure that it is operating on the day but leave yourself enough time to hike down before sunset if needs be
- Hike with someone who is familiar with the route or use a recent map or guidebook. Alternatively consult someone who has personally climbed the route
- With the exception of guide dogs, dogs (with or without a leash) are not allowed to travel in the cable car due to health and safety reasons.
- Never stray off designated routes, take short cuts or enter unknown ravines
- Take note of signs that warn of danger ahead
- Always ensure that someone knows exactly which route you intend taking and when you expect to return (do not deviate from this plan)
- Take proper weatherproof and windproof clothing in your backpack in case the weather changes or you are delayed for some reason
- Be aware of changes in the weather and turn back if bad weather threatens, or if you’re battling on the chosen route
- In an emergency, find a spot that offers some form of shelter from the wind. Never try to continue climbing in the dark or in heavy mist
- If you get lost, retrace your steps. If you can't find your original path, move down broad, open slopes.
Hiking up and down Platteklip
If you decide to give the Cableway a miss in favour of a hike to the top of the mountain, do not be misled by the 3km distance from bottom to top. The distance may sound short, but the hike is a physically demanding “moderate to tough” route that takes between one and three or more hours to complete. The hike is suitable for older children who are in peak physical condition. Although the path is easy to negotiate, it is quite steep and should be tackled at an easy pace, affording hikers time to appreciate the flora, fauna and scenic views. The route starts at the parking lot 2km past the lower cable station.