Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, built in 1929, is the fastest way to reach the summit of Table Mountain, one of the New7Wonders of Nature. Falling within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Cape Floristic Region, Table Mountain is an iconic peak and provides a breath-taking vantage point overlooking the city of Cape Town and surrounds.
Located on the West Coast Way Cape Way Route
Falling within the boundaries of the Table Mountain National Park, the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway provides access to all ages and abilities. Hundreds of hiking and climbing routes criss-cross the 57km sq. mountain and afford the adventurous a lifetime of exploration. The beauty (apart from the amazing views) lies in the small detail of the floral splendours covering the mountain. You need you put your shoes on a take a walk around the summit plateau, or lace up your boots to spend a day hiking up.
Some of the better known hiking routes include Skeleton Gorge which sets off from Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, India Venster which tackles the sheer cliffs below the Lower and Upper Cable Stations, Kasteelspoort up the Twelve Apostles or take the most direct standard footpath up the well-trodden Platteklip Gorge. All offer something different and vary quite a lot in distance, difficulty and what you’ll see in terms of natural diversity and views. Once you reach the summit grab a drink and hop on the cable car to give your legs a well-deserved 4-5 min ride down
If hiking up isn’t for you, or if you want to have a relaxed experience, the best is to take a late afternoon cable car up to the summit to explore the Western Table plateau before finding a secluded spot to watch sunset over the Twelve Apostles range. If the table cloth lying across the mountain is could create incredible cloud scenes over the Apostles as golden light adds so much drama.
Many locals and visitors alike take advantage of the sunset specials which are of offer during the summer month. Sundowners on the summit – doesn’t get better than that! At the summit you’ll find numerous information plaques, curio shops and the main Table Mountain Café which serves an array of food and beverages.
The modern Wi-Fi Lounge is the coolest addition to the cableway precinct. Positioned in the Upper Cable Station building itself, the views here are brilliant! Comfy seating, free Wi-Fi, plug points as well as a snack & drinks bar mere metres away make this the perfect spot to chill…or work from.
When on top of Table Mountain you may be tempted to try the 112m abseil (Abseil Africa) above Camp’s Bay, but you’ll need nerves of steel!
Table Mountain Aerial Cableway is located on the West Coast Way Cape Way Route
Open 7 Days a week – weather permitting
Distance from Cape Town: 5.6km
Where: Kloof Nek Road
Contact: +27 (0)21 424 8181 | www.tablemountain.net