The Platteklip Gorge Trail is a popular hiking trail in Cape Town, South Africa, that leads to the summit of Table Mountain. The trail is approximately 3.5 kilometers long and has an elevation gain of about 800 meters. It is considered the most direct and popular route to the top of Table Mountain.
The trail starts at the lower cable car station and climbs up the steep slopes of the mountain through a gorge, with spectacular views of the city and the Atlantic Ocean. The terrain is rocky and uneven in places, and the trail can be quite challenging, especially on hot days.
The Platteklip Gorge Trail is accessible year-round and is suitable for experienced hikers as well as beginners. However, hikers are advised to be in the good physical condition and to wear appropriate clothing and footwear.
It usually takes around 1.5 to 2 hours to complete the ascent, but this can vary depending on fitness levels and how often one stops to rest or take photos. At the summit, hikers can enjoy panoramic views of Cape Town, including Table Bay, Robben Island, and the Twelve Apostles mountain range.
Hikers should also be aware that weather conditions can change rapidly on Table Mountain and should always be prepared for sudden drops in temperature or rain. It is recommended to check the weather forecast before starting the hike and to bring warm clothing and rain gear if necessary.