Above the Clouds-Table Mountain South Africa

Image Courtesy: Dumirocks
Image Courtesy: Dumirocks

There is a place of such distinctive natural beauty that even the hardest of heart and temperament stand in humility. Your eyes simply have to follow its imposing stature from its base right into the blue sky, depending on whether or not it is shrouded in its signature tablecloth. Table Mountain has earned its place as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature simply by being in existence and the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway takes you right to the top of this majestic Cape Town attraction. In fact, you would be one more than over 20 million people who have used the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway.

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We are frequently asked questions about Table Mountain and the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, here’s what you need to know about conquering one of the world’s most beloved mountains:

How much does it cost to ride the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway?

Adults will pay R110 one-way and R215 return, children between the ages of 4-17 pay R55 one-way and R105 return. Children under 4 years travel for free.

What time is the first trip on the cable car?

The first trip up is 8am and the last trip up is 18:30pm. The last trip down is at 19:30pm.

How long does the cable car ride take?

It takes approximately 4 to 5 minutes of sheer amazement. The cable car has an ingenious revolving floor giving you a 360 degree view on ascent.

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How long do I have to wait to get onto the cable car?

It is entirely dependent on the queues. Table Mountain is a popular tourist attraction and draws in the crowds, it would be wise to adopt the ‘early bird catches the worm’ attitude. The cable car has a capacity of 65 passengers a trip and there are two in operation. For the ride down, there is a cable car every 10 to 15 minutes.

What can I see from the top?

There are unimaginable views over Lion’s Head, the Mother City, Camp’s Bay and Robben Island as well as the Helderberg Mountains, Devil’s Peak and Bloubergstrand.

What am I going to find when I reach the top?

There will be platforms with look-out points and footpaths. There is a beautiful souvenir shop aptly named Shop at the Top and the Table Mountain Cafe. The Table Mountain Cafe serves a buffet style lunch with scrumptious options that include everything from pizza to vegetables and hearty beef.

What do I take with me?

Comfortable shoes for walking around and something warm as the air from a height of 1067 meters above sea level can be nippy. Take sunscreen, a hat, some water and a camera to capture every single second.

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When is the best time to go?

Cape Town’s best weather is between the months of November and March.

What are some interesting facts about Table Mountain?

Table Mountain National Park is recognised as the richest single floristic area in the world

The first recorded ascent was by Antonio de Saldanha in 1503

Lions and leopards were commonplace on the mountain in the days of old, the last lion was spotted in 1802

The first cable car ride happened in October 1929 and carried only 20 passengers

Table Mountain plays host to the world’s highest abseil at 112m high

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