Climb Table Mountain, Get the Cable Car Down

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Orl on July 5, 2005

We decided to burn off some of the rich South African food by climbing Table Mountain. We decided to take the Platelip Gorge route. It is very poorly signposted – I wonder if this is deliberate so people use the overpriced cable car (ZAR 570). The start of this hike is off the Talfelberg Road, about 1km past the lower cable-car station. The Lonely Planet guide said that you have to be reasonably fit – I would argue that you have to be very fit. My sister is a triathlete, and she found it tough. All the usual advice applies – bring enough water, sunscreen, and a jacket.

The view from the top is worth it. It’s great to feel you climbed to the top of one of Africa’s best-known landmarks. We walked across the massif to Maclear's Beacon, which is Table Mountain’s highest point at 1,084m. It took about 2 hours to climb up, but only 4 minutes down by cable car.

Table Mountain
Cape Town 7848
Cape Town, Western Cape, 7848
00 27 21 7156136

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