Africa trips

Hiking up Table Mountain via Platteklip Gorge

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Climbing or hiking up Table Mountain has always been a very popular activity.

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Elevation at start = 326m
Elevation at top = 1036m
Elevation at top (restaurant) = 1053m

I did my fourth hike up Table Mountain via Platteklip Gorge on Saturday and realized how many people there are who are totally misinformed about this route.
I am sure that more than half the hikers either did not have enough water with them or did not wear adequate shoes.

If you would like to walk up Table Mountain please realise that this is not a fun walk. You have to be somewhat fit but most of all, you need to take at least one litre of water per person and you need to wear proper shoes. Comfortable running shoes or tekkies will do, but the best is proper hiking shoes. We saw many people with slip-slops and even a guy with slippers.

Where to start
Drive up to the cable car lower station. Drive pass the cable car lower station and about 1.5 Km after the cable car lower station you will see the sign for the start of the Platteklip Gorge hiking trail.

Start of Table Mounatin Hike

Start of Table Mounatin Hike

The route is clearly marked and all you have to do is follow the markers pointing you to Platteklip Gorge. There are only two places in the beginning where you can go wrong but both are marked clearly. The first you can choose between Platteklip and back to the cable car lower station and the second you choose between Platteklip and Devils Peak and is also clearly marked.

Signs on Table Mountain Hike

Signs on Table Mountain Hike

How is the route?

It is steep climbing all the way. Thousands of hikers use this route each year so it is well maintained. It is a wide path leading you up the mountain and they packed the rocks in stair formation where necessary.

It will take you about 2 hours to reach the top. You will climb about 600 metres over a trail length of about 3.5 kilometers.

After you reached the top you can go to the cafeteria area close to the upper station and enjoy some fresh juice. Make sure you fill your water bottles at the bathrooms. The water is safe to drink. If you dont trust the water just buy more at the store.

What to take with

Make sure you

  • take at least one litre of water per person.
  • wear proper shoes
  • wear sunblock
  • have a hat
  • take food with
  • take this emergency number – Metro Control on 021 937 0300
  • take a camera to take the awesome memories home
  • take money to buy refreshments and maybe buy a ticket to go down with the cable car if things did not work out very well.
  • take something warm to wear in winter or even on any cloudy day (even in summer)
Table Mountain Hike

Table Mountain Hike

 

Climbing table mountain

Table Mountain hiking trail

 

Hiking Table Mountain

Hiking Table Mountain

 

Reaching the top of Table Mountain

Reaching the top of Table Mountain

 

Having Lunch on Table Mountain

Having Lunch on Table Mountain

 

Gladiola

One of the beautiful flowers on Table Mountain

 

This trip report was compiled by:
Pieter Pretorius
http://www.4x4-direct.co.za

Platteklip route, table mountain