On Top of Table Mountain in Cape Town | Cape Town, South Africa | Sunny day in the Cape, then run to Table Mountain and get to enjoy the best aerial views of Cape Town that you will get. Only 15 to 20 minutes away from the V&A Waterfront by taxi, ride the cable car to the top in less than 5 minutes, and spend hours mesmerized by the absolute fantastic views of the Cape, Cape Town, Lion’s Head Mountain, Camps Bay and the Cape Town Stadium.
The Cableway offers you the opportunity to buy tickets online and save. Buying tickets online means that you will avoid the ticket office queues when you arrive at the Cableway. (Rand 170 for the round trip = approx. USD 24 x person)
The five-minute ascent to the top of Table Mountain offers a 360° view of Cape Town, the ocean and the neighbouring peaks. Once at the top visitors enjoy spectacular views and the peaceful feeling of being over one thousand metres above the city below. The area at the top of the mountain is surprisingly large so leave enough time to stroll along the paths, enjoy the viewing platforms and soak up the vistas.
The Cableway operates in the Table Mountain National Park, an important part of the Cape Floristic Region and the single richest floristic area in the world. This area is also a World Heritage Site. There is a lot of Fynbos vegetation on the mountain, with over 1 460 different species of plants.
The paths cover a distance of more than 2km at the top of the mountain, making for comfortable walking to lookout points from which visitors can view spectacular vistas over the city, Clifton, Sea Point, the V&A Waterfront, Table Bay, Robben Island, the Cape Flats and the Cape Peninsula. You will also see Lion’s Head, Signal Hill and Devil’s Peak mountains. You have good views of the newly completed Cape Town Stadium, built to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Many visitors enjoy walking up the mountain and taking the cable car back down. The recommended route for the walk up is via Platteklip Gorge to the Upper Cable Station. Although this hike is only about 3km, it is fairly strenuous and can take between one and three hours to complete. It is a demanding walk, so it’s not recommended for young children. CM
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