Table mountain in situated in the city of Cape Town in South Africa. It gets its name from its distinctive flat shape. It’s rich in biodiversity and at 1,085 meters, it offers awesome views of the city. It’s often covered in white cloud and this is referred to as its tablecloth. It’s also home to some excellent hiking trails.
Hike Table Mountain in Cape Town via the Platteklip Gorge (Half-day)
What should I know about Hiking South Africa?
You can take a cable car to the top of the mountain but we think the best way to get there is to hike. The Platteklip Gorge trail will take you to the top. This is a steep route that will take a few hours. Beginners can do this hike but it’s best to go with an experienced guide. The Skeleton Gorge trail will also take you to the top via the back of the mountain. The scenery along the way here is spectacular. If you’d prefer to explore the landscape around the mountain but not climb it then the Pipe Track is for you.
Why should I choose South Africa for my Hiking adventure?
**Great Trails **
Whether you’re looking for a light hiking trail suitable for all members of the family or you want an intense workout that’ll take a few hours and deliver you to the top, you’ll find it here. The trails are varied and well marked. We’d recommend going with a certified guide though as weather conditions can be changeable.
Awesome Flora and Fauna
Calling this area biodiverse is an understatement. There are over one thousand floral species to be found here. There is also great wildlife here. The Dassies are the most commonly seen animal but you might also see tortoises, porcupines and more. Then, there are the birds. Peregrine Falcons, African Harrier-Hawks and lots more call this mountain home.
**Amazing views **
The views you get from the top are unbeatable but you’ll also get awesome views on the way up. You’ll be able to see both the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean. You’ll get great views of Lion’s Head mountain and you’ll be able to see round down across the city.
What can I expect from the weather during my Hiking trip in South Africa?
Cape Town has a temperate climate with day time temperates sitting at around in the summer and 17°C during the day in the winter. The temperature drops dramatically on top of Table Mountain however.
Which language is predominantly spoken in the South Africa region?
Xhosa, Zulu, Afrikaans and English
What currency is accepted around South Africa?
South African Rand
How can I get to South Africa?
Fly to Cape Town International Airport and drive to the mountain.
What's the country code for the South Africa region?
When is the best time to travel to South Africa for Hiking?
November through February.
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