Platteklip Gorge Hike up Table Mountain

Platteklip Gorge trail is one of the most popular hiking routes on Table Mountain. It is a beautiful and steep trail going up on the front side of the mountain.  The trail offers spectacular views all the way to the top with Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head on either sides.

It was a very misty morning when we started the hike but then the rain came pouring down and therefore we took the The Table Mountain Cableway down. The best time to hike up Platteklip is early morning or late afternoon to avoid the midday sun as there isn’t much shade.

Platteklip Gorge Details

Time

± 4-5 Hours

Distance

± 7.5 KM (Up & Down)

Difficulty

Moderate

Terrain

Single rocky track, steps, ladders and steep sections.

Platteklip Gorge Parking and Starting Point

  • Drive up Tafelberg Road towards The Table Mountain Cableway Lower Station.
  • Once you have passed The Table Mountain Cableway Lower Station you can park your car anywhere.
  • Walk in the same direction as you drove until you find the “Platteklip Gorge” notice board.x
  • Water– Take at least 2L with you.
  • Snacks – Fill your backpack with snacks and water especially if you want to have a picnic and enjoy the city view.
  • Hiking Shoes – Wear hiking boots or trainers with good grip as there is a bit of climbing and few steep paths.
  • Hat and Sunblock – The majority of the route is exposed to sun. Try to start the hike early to avoid the midday sun.
  • Camera or Smartphone – The scenery, flowers and city views are incredible so definitely worth it to capture the moments
  • Money – Just in case you might need to take the Cable Car back down. One way ticket prices are about R150.
  • Hiking Shoes – Wear hiking boots or trainers with good grip as there is a bit of climbing and few steep paths.
  • Hat and Sunblock – The majority of the route is exposed to sun. Try to start the hike early to avoid the midday sun.
  • Camera or Smartphone – The scenery, flowers, dassies and city views are incredible so definitely worth it to capture the moments.
  • The hike is moderate but I wouldn’t advise children below 12 years of age.
  • I saw a couple of dogs passing us so the hike is pet-friendly.  
  • There has been reports of muggings so be vigilant.
  • Don’t hike alone – Try to get a group of 5+ together.
  • If threatened, do not resist.
  • Table Mountain National Park: 0861 106 417
  • SAPS: 10111