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Platteklip Gorge

The most direct route to the top of Table Mountain.

Platteklip Gorge is the most direct and popular route for hikers aiming to experience the majestic Table Mountain, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Named after the Afrikaans word "platteklip" which translates to "flat stone," this gorge showcases nature's raw beauty with its rugged terrain, towering cliffs, and panoramic vistas of the Mother City and beyond.


  • Scenic Beauty: As you ascend through the gorge, be prepared to be captivated by the diverse flora and fauna endemic to the region. Marvel at the fynbos, a unique vegetation found only in the Cape Floral Kingdom, and keep an eye out for indigenous wildlife, including colorful birds and dassies (rock hyraxes).

  • Physical Challenge: The Platteklip Gorge trail offers adventurers a moderate to strenuous hike, with steep inclines and rocky terrain. Challenge yourself as you conquer the 760-meter ascent to the summit. Each step brings you closer to an unparalleled sense of accomplishment.

  • Historical Insights: Throughout the hike, our knowledgeable guides will share fascinating stories about the cultural and historical significance of Table Mountain. Learn about its geological formation, the indigenous Khoi people who once inhabited its slopes, and its role in Cape Town's rich tapestry of heritage.

  • Panoramic Views: As you reach the summit, prepare to be rewarded with jaw-dropping panoramic views of Cape Town, the Atlantic Ocean, and the surrounding mountains. The sweeping vistas stretch as far as the eye can see, providing the perfect backdrop for memorable photos and moments of contemplation.

Practical Information:

  • Duration: The hike typically takes around 2 to 3 hours to ascend, depending on individual fitness levels and pace. We will descend using the cable car unless high winds force its closure in which case we will follow the same route down, adding approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.

  • Fitness Level: While no technical climbing is required, hikers should have a reasonable level of fitness and agility to navigate the trail's challenging sections.

  • What to Bring: We recommend wearing sturdy hiking boots, comfortable clothing suitable for layering in all conditions, sunscreen, a hat, plenty of water, snacks, and a camera to capture the breathtaking scenery.

  • Safety: Our experienced guides prioritise safety at all times, providing assistance


Pricing: inclusive of cable car ticket down

1 person - R2 500

2 persons - R3 000

3 persons - R4 050

4 persons - R4 800

5-8 persons - R1 100 per person

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