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More about Platteklip Gorge

Platteklip gorge is the easiest and quickest way up table mountain with a rock staircase all the way. Quickly gaining elevation you will have amazing city views and a chance to learn more about our rich city culture. get a real feel of table mountain and the people who love to hike on it.

Quick route description Platteklip gorge follows a well-constructed pat hall the way and is the easiest most direct route up Table Mountain. The hike will start about a kilometer past the lower cable station. from here we'll quickly gain elevation until we join the contour path a quick walk to the left brings us to the start of the path. At first, the route follows up to the left side of the gorge, then into the gorge itself higher up. at the final section, we'll walk through a point where the gorge narrows down considerably a high point of the hike. from here we'll either turn right to the highest point of table mountain or left to the cable station.

Difficulty: easy Hike Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours Distance: About 2.5 km / 1.6 miles Platteklip Gorge Elevation Gain: 680 meters / 2230 feet

What people say

Hello. The ascent with Duan was very pleasant. We also communicated well with each other. I always f...  -  Philipp Baron.



3 hours


Seven days a week, year-round, subject to availability.


Start and End point: Cape Town - Table Mountain - a kilometer past the Lower Cable Station


The weather on table mountain can change in an instant so a light mid-layer and a rain jacket will ensure that you stay dry and warm if we find our selves in between the clouds.

What to Wear:

Well supportive closed-toe walking shoes with good grip are a must. Cape town does experience very hot days in the summer and a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and water will be needed. A long sleeve button-up shirt with a collar provides great sun coverage.

Things to bring:

Hiking will make you peckish so bringing a snack for the way up is always a good idea

Guests or Spectators:

No guests allowed, full rate applies to all



Experience Level:

Inclusions & Exclusions


Guided hike


Beverages & snacks

Opinions On Platteklip Gorge

What the locals say about Platteklip Gorge.

Philipp Baron

Hello. The ascent with Duan was very pleasant. We also communicated well with each other. I always felt safe with him. Best regards Philip

Dina El Rawas

We had a great time hiking with Dohann (cape mountain guides) - he was super knowledgeable, very kind, patient, fun and knew the trails by heart. I booked 2 hikes with Dohann (Table Mountain and Lions Head) and I couldn't be more grateful and happy in doing so (best decision ever). I am someone who is afraid of heights and he managed to guide me through both hikes all throughout by managing my expectations on every trail and before every obstacle. You would not regret booking a hike with him !!! Highly highly recommend.

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