Platteklip Gorge

Platteklip Gorge, Table Mountain National Park: Hours, Address, Platteklip Gorge Reviews: 5/5

Platteklip Gorge
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Platteklip Gorge is a national park trail of Table Mountain. The route that takes you the most directly up to the Cableway. Learn more about the various routes of Platteklip Gorge hike which takes place on Table Mountain tours and visit our website.
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_Mags_NL
Luanda, Angola283 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
We used this trail to hike down Table Mountain. It has beautiful views and is well sign posted. The trail is partly made of wire mesh around the rocks, in places this has come loose and is actually a tripping hazard. In parts, the trail is bounded by razor wire, which is also not very well-maintained (or necessary if you ask me!)
The trail is quite busy and also a popular route for going up. The trail is very clean and surrounded by beautiful fijnbos and a lot of bird life. The trail ends at the road but you can also continue through Dear Park with adds a nice forest section to the route.
The descent took about one and a half hours in good weather.
Written 9 April 2022
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Suanne Mescken
Lenasia, South Africa5 contributions
Dec 2021 • Solo
It was an experience to remember, a little cloudy on the day that I hiked up, but got to see a picturesque landscape so all worth it in the end. Oh and not forgetting the encouragement from all the hikers descending the mountain, beautiful people.
Written 14 December 2021
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,128 contributions
Nov 2021
The trail through Platteklip gorge is the easiest way for hiking up to Table mountain. There are several ways to reach the gorge which actually is more like a gully in the upper part of the mountain. The trail is easy in the sense there are no technical obstacles. It involves no scrambling over rocks. The trail is well maintained. It is basically a staircase.

Most people start at the lower cable station (shorter in distance but a bit steeper). I took the contour trail starting at Kloof Corner, just 1 km away from the saddle at Kloof Nek where there is also a bus stop. Elevation difference between Kloof Nek and Kloof Corner is 80m. The contour trail is longer in distance, but perhaps more enjoyable as you can walk almost leisurely along the slopes of the mountain, before it gets steeper at Platteklip.

It took me 2½ hours to get from the Kloof Nek saddle to the top cable station. I spent the same time for descending to the saddle again (2½ hours as well), but I took more breaks. For me this was part of a hike from Green Point adding another 1 hour and 20 minutes to the hike. For returning to Green Point I took a bus from the sadlle at Kloof Nek. I am 67, but fit. I was not exhausted when I got home again.

Take some protection against the sun and bring water.
Written 17 November 2021
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GUINNESS835
Milwaukee, WI406 contributions
Oct 2021
We chose this trail because it was the shortest hike to the top. The trail itself is well marked and you won't get lost. It is a very steep trail with rock steps pretty much straight up. Make sure you come prepared with plenty of water as it can get hot because you are exposed to the sun for 80% of the hike. We went on a Wednesday and parked near the lower cableway. There is a trailhead to the right of the lower cableway which meets up with this trail. We found the trail to be busy, but not crowded. Be sure to know your physical capabilities before attempting this hike. We took the cableway down, but be warned it can close at any time mid high winds start and you should plan for enough time to hike down if necessary. Once you are the top, the views are amazing.
Written 31 October 2021
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JJBuirski
Cape Town, South Africa230 contributions
Jul 2021
Trying to be too clever, I went up in the cable car and walked down Platteklip, instead of the other way around, and as could be expected, I saw my backside! It was still an experience to add to all our previous hikes here, with the stupendous views as awesome as ever. Met many people hiking up in unsuitable clothes and footwear, and with only a single small water-bottle (or none!) and the heat for much of the hike was past hot. Also met three groups of people with unleashed dogs - is this allowed here? While stepping down a high rock step I almost did myself a serious injury when an unleashed dog came running up, right where I was stepping. Please try to arrive as early as possible when hiking this route and carry lots of water.
Written 29 July 2021
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Trevor W
Rustenburg, South Africa68 contributions
Apr 2021
Scenic hike up the mountain. It is well marked and well established. I wish people would take their rubbish with them though, we picked up quite a bit. I would not recommend the hike for unfit people, it is short but steep.
Written 22 April 2021
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Peter I
North Yorkshire, UK425 contributions
Feb 2020
This is the most popular route up the mountain by foot and the views are spectacular. Allow a good two hours even if you're reasonably fit and the advice now is to not go up alone but join an informal group. Great sense of achievement when you get there. Walk down or take the cable car.
Written 7 March 2020
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Fredrik
Trollhattan, Sweden118 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
Fantastic hike up the mountain! Took two hours to the top, harder than I thought so basic fitness required.
Written 5 March 2020
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Rix1604
Richards Bay, South Africa98 contributions
Feb 2020
If you do not know your fitness level think twice. Take lots of water and start early. If you want to come down with the cable car you can if it is open.
Written 20 February 2020
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John D
Kendal, UK28 contributions
Feb 2020
It's described as the quickest route to the top. It's clearly the most direct, but the suggested times are applicable only to fit hikers in their 20s-30s. As an agile pensioner, it took me more than three hours including rest-stops, but that was in temperatures above 30 degrees.

Even when the cable car carpark is crowded, there's plenty of space at the entrance to the trail (but don't forget you're going to have to walk back here from the cable car if you choose the easy way down).

Great views all the way up and spectacular at the top, assuming you choose a clear day. Definitely recommend walking up and cable car down, especially for anyone who's had any knee problems at all. The ticket machine for the trip down isn't easy to find - it's ticked away on the RH side of the building as you queue.

The route consists mainly of large rock steps, with minimal shade until you're near the summit. Take plenty of water! The last section is very worn, but a "via ferrata" chain handrail actually makes this the easiest part of the hike.

Welcome shade in the cafe at the top, crowded with tour groups. On a Monday afternoon in summer, we had to queue for 40 minutes to get down (R200 fee), but the revolving cable car is a nice touch.
Written 12 February 2020
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