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cerca de Oranjezicht, Western Cape (Republic of South Africa)
Pick a day when the top is visible (Web cams are available). Drive past the lower cableway station on Tafelberg Road, the trail starts at a sharp left bend on Tafelberg Road at Platteklip Gorge trail which is a foot path that is marked on google maps. Parking is available right near the start point.
Give yourself 4-6 hours, bring water and an extra layer (weather can change quickly). The hike up is demanding but not technically difficult, a lot like climbing large rock stairs for 2 hours. Pace yourself, you are going up over 700 meters.
At the top of the gorge, turn right (trails are marked and easy to follow) and do a small loop to the upper Cable Car station. Washrooms, drinking fountain and cafe are available. The views are excellent. If exhausted, take the cable car down.
Still good? Finish the loop back to the top of the gorge and do another larger loop over to Maclear's Beacon. The larger loop gives you some more nice views, takes you to the highest point in the area and is a lot less traveled. Note, once you reach the top of the gorge there is very little elevation change in the figure 8 loop but I was surprised to see that once you are at the top of Table Mountain it is definitely not flat like a table.
After looping back to the top of the gorge, take a deep breath before heading down. The descent takes about 90 minutes and is a lot easier than the climb up.
The cost is free, the views impressive and you'll get a good workout too!