Platteklip Gorge

Cape Town

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Activity Description

Platteklip is the oldest, safest and quickest route up Table Mountain.

These factors also make it the most popular route. It is a great route with fascinating historical anecdotes, interesting and beautiful plants as well as superb views. If you have limited time in Cape Town but want to hike up this magical, iconic mountain, then Platteklip is the route for you. Descend via Cable Car (weather permitting).

>Difficulty: Anyone with a modicum of fitness can manage this steep ascent. It is a great family activity, providing a massive sense of achievement for everyone.


ProviderWalk in Africa
DurationOpen Ended
WhenAll year round.
WhereLower Cable Station
WeatherWe will proceed with this trip in wind and rain. Please check the weather and let us know 24 hours before the tour whether you will be coming.
What to WearPlease bring a windbreaker or fleece along. Hiking Boots
Things to BringAll additional items Camera Sunhat Sun-cream
Guests or SpectatorsOnly paying guest allowed.


Minimum Age8 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions


Fully Guided Tour
Snack Pack


Cable Car Tickets / Entry Fees


The operation of the cablecar is dependent on wind strength. On occasions when the cablecar is not operating, clients may walk up AND down. Bear in mind that this requires a greater degree of fitness and is demanding on the knees. Also the hike will then take about 4 – 5 hours as apposed to just the 2.5 hour ascent time.

Everyone walks at a different pace. The durations indicated are averages.

The temperature at the top of the mountain is generally about 5°C lower than the temperature at the start.

We will proceed with this trip in wind and rain. Please check the weather and let us know 24 hours before the tour whether you will be coming.

Children (between 8 yrs and 12 years) to be accompanied by 2 Adults.

Customer Reviews

We really being guided to the top with Xolani, with some information about the way and some other stories, he was a nice company and really nice. Would recommend it for sure - Sandrine Barblan

The guide is really experienced with the tails on the Table Mountain. Though it was quite tiring in the begining and end sections of the hiking, he knew very well when necessary to take a water break and controlled the hiking pace. It would be even better to leave the guest more time to walk around on the top for scenery view. - Hao Jiang

I highly recommend hiking arranged by Walk in Africa and especially thanks to my fantastic, friendly and informative guide, Khaya, who made my experience unforgettable. - Rasmus Pedersen

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