Skeleton Gorge to Platteklip Gorge Hike

Hike:Skeleton Gorge to Platteklip Gorge Hike
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The Hike

What should we know?

Name in local script:Skeleton Gorge to Platteklip Gorge Hike
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Environment type:lake, forest, mountain, ocean
Location type:city, national park, rural

What can we see or do there?

Attractions:Maclear’s Beacon,
 
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Animals:rock hyrax
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How much will it cost us?

Currency:South African Rand (ZAR)
 
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Extras:Average Cost:
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When should we go there, and for how long?

Average time taken:4 hours, 30 minutes
 
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High season:December, January
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How can we get in contact?

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Telephone:0217 120 527
 
Language(s):Afrikaans, English, Xhosa
Timezone:UTC+02:00
Country calling code:27

How can we get there?

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Geographical feature:Atlantic Ocean, Table Mountain National Park
 
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The Directions

Gate 2 of the is the closest point to the trailhead for the Skeleton Gorge. From here, you’ll want to walk forwards for no more than 5 minutes to the Fragrance Garden, at which point you should see a sign pointing right to the Smuts Track and Skeleton Gorge.
 
Follow the Smuts Track/Skeleton Gorge for about an hour to the top. This is a steep ascent, but it’s shaded by plenty of forest – which means no views at first. After about 20 minutes you’ll come to a set of five ladders which very quickly lead into a rocky and steep riverbed. There isn’t a clear trail here, but it’s easy enough (if you’re able) to scramble up to the top.
 
Once at the top you’ll be confronted with a T junction. Take the right track which will lead you to another T junction, and again take that right track too. You’ll know if you’ve gone wrong because you’ll come to a sandy path leading to a lake and so you’ll have to turn back. Once you’re on the correct track you should be granted with excellent views towards False Bay as you head up towards Maclear’s Beacon.
 
It’s about an hour from the top of Skeleton Gorge to Maclear’s Beacon. You’ll only reach two major intersections on your way there. The first is obvious and signposted; you just need to keep going straight. The second is when you reach a strange rock that makes for an obvious landmark. Here you’ll see at least two if not three paths, but you’ll want to take the one heading right and up to Maclear’s Beacon.
 
From Maclear’s Beacon take an immediate left. The path gets a little uncertain here, but just follow the yellow footprints. It’s an easy (and flat) 45-minute walk from here to the . You’ll pass the turnoff for the Platteklip Gorge along the way but just go past that for now so you can explore all the view points around the .
 
When you’ve had quite enough of the views, head back towards the Plattaklip Gorge turnoff. The turning will be on your left heading steeply down into the gorge. From here, you’ll take a steep track down heading towards the signposted Tafelberg Road. Towards the bottom, take a left towards the signposted cable-car lower station along a path that skirts the mountain (and provides just a tad more shade). All in all, the route down shouldn’t take you more than an hour and a half.

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What are the numbers and averages?

Distance:12km
Altitude:100 to 1,000m

Top Descriptions

The Skeleton Gorge to Platteklip Gorge hike is probably one of the most popular routes in Table Mountain National Park, and it’s not hard to see why. The hike starts in the beautiful before ascending steeply through shady forests and rocky riverbeds, all the while away from the tourist hordes of . Once at the top, the views are breathtaking, and there’s a pleasant ridge hike to Maclear’s Beacon before continuing on to the busy but nevertheless stunning . The hike down is also rather dramatic, and the atmosphere somewhat more electric thanks to the popularity of this section of the hike. Overall, this is a truly memorable hike in one of the most pleasant cities in the world. – Daniel
 
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Top Tips

While the Skeleton Gorge offers plenty of shade, the Platteklip Gorge is extremely exposed. If you’re doing this on a hot day, come prepared! If it’s really hot, you might even want to consider doing this route in reverse so that you can be shaded on the way down.
Although the Platteklip Gorge turnoff is before the , you should still go all the way to it just for the views. If you’ve come this far, why miss out on the ?
Expect the beginning of the hike to be fairly quiet and for things to get progressively busier as the day goes on. The Platteklip Gorge descent can bottleneck a little!
 
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