Tour Locations | Upper Cableway Station Audio Guide: Tabletop Walking Tour
Platteklip Gorge Hiking
NARRATOR: The sheer cliff to your left is Platteklip Gorge. Stop here, but don’t go towards the edge! It's quite a drop. Remember Tony Lourens, who spoke to you earlier about living and hiking here? He knows that safety needs to come first when you're exploring the mountain.
TONY: Near the edge of the cliff, there are some shrubs with tiny, but very spiky, leaves. This is the 'Climber’s Friend' bush. They have really strong, deep roots, and back in the early days, climbers used the gnarly branches of these tough shrubs as handholds to pull themselves up – hence the name. Doesn't sound very safe, does it? Whether you are climbing or hiking, safety is always your prime concern. You must always be mindful of the possible dangers that exist on the mountain. Be cautious and do not do anything that may endanger you or anyone else. Stay a safe distance from the edge of rock faces, and when possible, stay on the paths. It's also wise to avoid steep climbs, which can be very difficult to get down from. Stay with your group and make sure you have the right kit and enough food and drink for your planned trip.
NARRATOR: Let's get away from the edge then. Carry on along the path, and follow it as it curves away from the gorge to the right.