Easy Table Mountain Hikes

There is a hike on Table Mountain to suit all ages and fitness levels

One of my favourite hikes on Table Mountain is the Klipspringer walk. This is a very short and easy circuit of the West Table. I generally get there by hiking up either Platteklip Gorge or India Venster and then stroll around the top before heading back down the mountain. As the klipspringer Trail is found a stones throw from the cable car and is pretty flat it is a perfect hike for those members of the party who took the cable car to join the intrepid hikers who climbed Table Mountain.

Beginning at the top of Platteklip Gorge, turn right and climb the final haul up to the Table Top. Once on the flat turn right and walk along the top of Platteklip Gorge. Being very careful peer over the edge and see the way you came up. Its pretty impressive!

Looking down Platteklip Gorge from the Klipspringer Trail


The path leads you away from the very edge of the cliff for very obvious reasons. If Platteklip Gorge is impressive coming up it. Looking down it can cause even the strongest knees to quake.

The safest way to look over the edge of Table Mountain

A mere 10 minutes down the path brings you to the North side of the mountain. Here a number of paths lead to the edge of the mountain where you can overlook the city and Table Bay. Amazingly despite being so close to the cable car you can still escape the crowds here.

Overlooking Devils Peak and Cape Town

After a brief viewing and photo stop continue heading towards the cable car. The continuous views of the city, Lions Head, Table Bay and our wonderful new stadium get better with each stop.

Take some time to admire the views

 You will reach the cable station after about 15 minutes walking. Here the views change and you overlook Camps Bay and the 12 Apostles. Perhaps even a daring abseiler about to take the plunge.

An abseiler begins their descent

Here you turn again and crossing the Apostles Terrace begin to head back towards Platteklip Gorge. The views of the entire Table Mountain Chain are fantastic. The size of Table Mountain is often a surprise as it is a lot more than just the imposing cliffs you see from the city.

Looking down Table Mountain and over to False Bay

This final section of your easy Table Mountain walk will take you back to the top of Platteklip Gorge. The entire walk should take you around 40 minutes to complete and includes all the classic Table Mountain views you climbed up the mountain to see. Here those taking the cable car can leave those planning a longer hike to carry on, on any number of routes.