Hiking on Table Mountain

The first recorded hike to the top of Table Mountain occurred in 1503 where a Portugese captain named Antonio de Saldanha chose the route now called Platteklip Gorge, the most direct and easiest way to reach the main plateau.

Today Table Mountain is visited by almost a million people per year. Most of these choose to climb into the aerial cable way for the easy way up. For the more adventurous, there is no need to share your space with a gazillion other tourists. Opt for the numerous…

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Hiking on Table Mountain
Hiking on Table Mountain

The first recorded hike to the top of Table Mountain occurred in 1503 where a Portugese captain named Antonio de Saldanha chose the route now called Platteklip Gorge, the most direct and easiest way to reach the main plateau.

Today Table Mountain is visited by almost a million people per year. Most of these choose to climb into the aerial cable way for the easy way up. For the more adventurous, there is no need to share your space with a gazillion other tourists. Opt for the numerous hiking routes and destinations with exciting names such as Skeleton Gorge, Echo Valley, Nursery Ravine, Valley of the Red Gods, Kasteelpoort, Tranquility Cracks and Valley of Isolation. There are more than 350 trails to the top of Table Mountain so which one you choose depends on your fitness level and how technically difficult you want your route to be.

Platteklip Gorge is one of the shorter routes and probably the most popular. Longer routes to the summit go via Kirstenbosch National Park where Nursery Ravine and Skeleton Gorge will take you to the Back Table.

Our operators have skilled mountain guides that will help you make the right choice. Although the mountain is a great playground, an ascent should never be attempted without proper preparation!

Hiking Table Mountain is without doubt one of the most common reasons why Capetonians love living in Cape Town - so get those hiking boots out and get them dirty on a Hiking Adventure on Table Mountain!