Platteklip Gorge, Table Mountain National Park

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Platteklip Gorge is located in Table Mountain National Park. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Cape Town holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Platteklip Gorge and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • We thought this climb is ff. We are experienced athletes. The climb is very steep. We are also hiked back down. That has us very very sharp muscle pain. In short; know where you're getting into.
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  • It was a level 5, four mile hike, that was filled with amazing vistas, local fauna, and an excellent workout. Just follow the yellow footpaths. Make sure to time it so you reach these area around 11AM...  more »
  • Pretty hard and rather long mountain ride but it's views all the way from different sides and beautiful paths and stairs. Maybe among the best mountain trips I have had.
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  • The hike up the mountain takes just over 2 hours with regular stops to rest. Make sure you go early (before 7:00 in the summer). The mountain offers no shade later in the day and the sun will scorch you while you scramble to get to the top. Take enough water, at least 1 litre per person, and a hat. If you plan on walking back down the mountain don't waste too much time at the top. You might want to start the journey back down before the sun gets too hot. The way down also takes about 2 hours if you stop often.
  • Difficult climb if you are not fit. The sweat and suffering is definitely worth it once you take a breath and enjoy the breathtaking (no pun intended) views of the harbour and coast. We started at 05:45 in the dark and about 15/20 minutes later we could see the outline of sunrise. Unfortunately you can't see the sun in the the gorge; you however see the Sun's reflection on the high glass buildings in the city which is a beautiful picture as well. With me about 20kg's overweight, the 1,8km walk took us about 2 hours. Remember to take at least 2 litres of water with.
  • The trail is steep but the reward is spectacular! Sure you can take the cable car to the top but you want have burned off the calories from the night before!! Some apps have rated this as difficult and I would agree. We have hiked in several places and this is basically climbing uneven stairs the entire time. Stretch if you need to but you will warm up quickly! Pack sunscreen and hike early to minimize sunburns!
  • Amazing hike, nice and challenging. Recommended to wear shoes with decent grip as it is easy to fall. Take enough water, food, warm jacket, cellphone battery and money as food is expensive at the top.
  • Very tough hike... Take enough water. Took us 6 hours. Much better than waiting in horribly long q to go up the cable car. Enjoyed it very much 😁

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