There are multiple routes up table mountain but we show the two most popular. For more routes see the internet. Platteklip Gorge: 1½ - 2 hours • Start at the Tafelberg road 2km past the lower cable station. • Return the same way or take the Cable Car down. • Fastest route up. • It can be very hot in the summer. For most visitors, this is the first choice route as it offers the fastest and most direct way to the top of Table Mountain, unless taking the easier option of using the Cable Car. During the walk you will see views over Table Bay, Robben Island, Signal Hill and the City of Cape Town. On top you can look down on the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay and south across the Cape Peninsula and the majestic Twelve Apostles.
The stone steps, made for giants, will tire you out very quickly and makes it a real challenge to go up. Starting at Tafelberg Road you reach the Contour Path after 15 minutes where a stream (the only water on the way up) is overhung by shady bushes & trees. At the top you have the choice of heading off right toward the upper Cable Way station or adding an additional 1½ hours for a return leg to Maclear’s Beacon, the highest point on Table Mountain. In summer this hike can be very hot especially in the afternoon. Therefore take enough water with you.