Hiking Platteklip Gorge
Hiking Platteklip Gorge is quite a moderate yet steep route up the ravine on the North face of Table Mountain. which overlooks the City Centre, Table Bay and Robben Island.
The route we follow was the first recorded route to be hiked by early explorers dating back to the early 1500s.
Hiking up Platteklip Gorge is truly one of the best ways to truly appreciate the views from the top of Table Mountain!
The reason for the name is that the route follows a series of stone steps all the way to the top and has a well defined path, hence the name Platteklip (flat stone in Afrikaans).
What to Expect
You will be picked up at 06:00 by a guide and taken to the contour road on the front of Table Mountain, above the city centre.
You then begin the hike by winding your way up the front of the mountain, stopping regularly along the way to take in the amazing views of the city and Table Bay.
As you make your way to the top, you will notice how the vegetation changes along the way – a beautiful feature of the hike.
Once at the top, we will stroll around the tabletop taking in the panoramic views over Cape Town, including the Atlantic seaboard, Table Bay and the West Coast.
You will then make your way down with the cable car from the Table Mountain cable station or hike back down.
The hike up is approximately 2-3 hours long and, since there is not much shade from the sun, we prefer starting earlier before it gets too hot.
- Length: 4 hours
- Experience: Moderate fitness
- Meals: Light snacks and refreshments served.
- Start point: Pickup in City Bowl areas
- End point: Drop off in City Bowl areas
- All transport, qualified guide, meals as stipulated
- Sun block, hat, comfortable walking shoes, warm top, extra water
- All items of a personal nature, tips