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Hike up Table Mountain in Cape Town

[ 4 ] July 17, 2011 | Alison Adey

Planning a trip to Cape Town in South Africa? Don’t leave without hiking up Table Mountain for fantastic views of the city.

Most travellers opt for Platteklip Gorge – a faily straightforward climb that is well sign posted and easily accessible.  It takes around 2 hours to negotiate the rocky paths and slippery trails so take plenty of water and sunscreen if the weather’s good.

Climbing Table Mountain, South Africa - Platteklip Gorge, Table Mountain - Fabulous Travel Guide

Climbing Table Mountain, South Africa - Platteklip Gorge - Fabulous Travel Guide

Once you’re at the top take time to enjoy the rugged landscape, twinkling ocean and sprawling mass of the city 1000m below.  Feeling brave? Try abseiling 112m off the cliff edge with Abseil Africa (pictured below). Prices cost from 595 ZAR (£53).

View from the top of Table Mountain, South Africa - Pictures Table Moutain South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

View from the top of Table Mountain, South Africa

Don’t fancy the hike back down? Take the cable car (80 ZAR each way) and you’ll be back down in 5 minutes flat!

How to get there

Most travellers get a taxi from town and get dropped off at Platteklip Gorge. Make sure you use an authorised cab and ask the driver to use the meter. It should cost around 40-50 RAZ (£3.60-£4.50).

See pictures of  Table Mountain in our photo gallery and start booking those cheap flights to Africa now! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for more travel updates!

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Category: Africa, Cape Town, South Africa

About Alison Adey: I was previously Channel Editor for IPC's Homes network (;; and but I bid them a fond farewell in December 2010 to embark on this trip. I also worked for as a features writer for two years. View author profile.

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