Hike Table Mountain via Platteklip Gorge

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Morning Hike Table Mountain via Platteklip Gorge

One of the most popular hikes on our beloved Table Mountain (platte klip in Afrikaans), name's after a large flat rock found on the route. The ‘stairway to heaven’ is the go-to route up Table Mountain for locals alike, although with 650 meters of elevation gained in less than 3 km it is no easy feat!

Hike Table Mountain via Platteklip Gorge has the shortest access to the summit of Table Mountain. The stream down Platteklip gorge provide a source of drinking water in winter and in the old days for the settlement as well as for the ships sailing around the Cape. Up-relentlessly up! The hike starts under the cable car and ascent to the contour path. It’s the most direct route to the top and the most popular. Once in the gorge the path zigzags all the way up. As you gain height, the gorge gets narrower. The final 150m is spectacular with huge rock walls on either side, narrowing to 4m. It is not to be trifled with: the going can be tough. Way down by cable car.

Hike Table Mountain

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The first horse ride up Table Mountain was in 1798. In 1937 Sidney Jarman aged 72 cycled from Constantia Nek to the top of Table Mountain. The first motor car to reach the top was driven in 1928. The fastest ascent of Platteklip Gorge is 27 minutes up with a descent in 11 minutes. Table Mountain was first illuminated in 1947. Paraglider first launched off Table Mountain was in mid 1980. Base jumpers Karl Hayden and Shaun Smith plunged off the mountain in 1998. Bungee jumpers have jumped from the cable car. In 2014 AJ Calitz ran up Table Mountain 14.5 times in 12 hours!

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Safety and conservation

Check Table Mountain weather forecast and always carry extra clothing. Let someone know the route you are taking and your time of return. Carry water and additional energy food. Take a mobile phone, but avoid valuables. Never walk alone, always in a group. Keep to the paths and do not pick flora and disturb fauna. Take your litter home with you.


  • Contour path
  • Table Mountain plateau
  • Unabated views of Cape Town, Camps Bay & the Lion’s Head
Table Mountain via Platteklip gorge Hike

Cape Town

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  • Clear sky
  • Temperature: 9 °C
  • Wind: Variable, 5.6 km/h
  • Pressure: 1023 hPa
  • Rel. Humidity: 76 %
  • Visibility: 10 km
Reported on:
Thu, 06/30/2022 - 05:00
Tour Code: 
Hiking Tour
Hiking Tour
Hike Duration: 
6 km
Many steps and single track all the way up!
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