A visit to Cape Town would be incomplete without a trip up the iconic Table Mountain. This is my number one must see attraction on your itinerary to Cape Town to experience the breathtaking views and sheer greatness this mountain presents.
Located in the heart of the city Table Mountain is the backdrop to this gorgeous cosmopolitan city and famous for its tablecloth of clouds when the south-easterly wind blows. It is proudly one of the New7Wonders of Nature and one of the most popular attractions in the world. It’s hard not to agree once you have had the privilege to experience a trip up our majestic mountain.
There are two options to reach the summit, you can either take the leisurely Cableway or hike up one of the numerous paths.
The state of the art Aerial Cableway whisks you up the mountain in 5 minutes and has a revolving floor to provide you with 360-degree panoramic views, which will leave you in awe of the absolute beauty of Cape Town. The perfect option if you have little ones, limited time or don’t want to break a sweat.
If you prefer to hike up this will take you approximately 2 to 3 hours depending on the path you choose and your fitness level. There are various hiking paths and most paths are fairly strenuous so be sure to buy a recent guide book or map and choose the path best suited to your fitness level. Be prepared with appropriate footwear, sunscreen and water. Best to start early to avoid the heat of the day. Do not deviate from the path.
Table Mountain is the most popular tourist attraction in Cape Town so please bear this in mind on a beautiful summers day there will be a queue. Buy your tickets online at Webtickets and go early morning or late afternoon. There is a separate, and shorter, queue for ticket holders. If you have a pram you are in luck as you will be able to jump past the stairs and be escorted to the lift.
Once on top there are 3 hiking paths to choose from and a well-designed walkway, which is pram-friendly, that leads you from the Upper Cable Station around a circular path back to the Station. There are various viewpoints to take in the breathtaking panoramic views of Cape Town, the Peninsula, Camps Bay and Robben Island.
Free 30-minute Guided Tours take place every hour from 9am – 3pm. They are family-friendly and knowledgeable staff will share the story of Table Mountain and the Cableway.
Table Mountain is part of a World Heritage Site and has an abundance of fauna and flora and is dense in fynbos with over 1460 species of plants. Look out for the cute dassies, lizards sunning themselves and if you are lucky you might spot a porcupine.
Table Mountain Café provides a selection of delicious self-service meals, snacks, refreshments and kid options. Wine and beer are also available. They are eco-friendly and plates, cups and containers are made from organic biodegradable materials.
If you are feeling adventurous you can abseil down the mountain with Abseil Africa. Click here to read my blog
- Sunset is a wonderful way to experience Table Mountain and tickets are half price from 6pm. This is only available from 1 November to 18 December, and 4 January till the end of February
- South African’s ride FREE on their birthday if they are over 18. This offer is only valid on the day of your birthday, and cannot be redeemed on any other day. The ticket is to be collected from the Ticket Office before 4:30pm on the day of your birthday, even if the Cableway is closed. If it is closed you can still collect your ticket at the ticket office on the day of your birthday and then a ticket will be issues which is valid for 7 days.
- From May to September two children under 18 ride for FREE with the purchase of one adult return ticket. Check their website for current rates and dates. Only valid on weekends, public holidays and during school holidays.
PLEASE NOTE the Cableway is weather dependent and does not operate when the winds are strong or visibility poor. To confirm if the Cableway is running please check their website for updated information.
Public Transport: MYCiti Bus FREE Shuttle Service
Parking is limited and can be tricky in peak season and during school holidays. There is a FREE MyCiTi bus shuttle service that takes you from the Lower Tafelberg Road stop, just off Kloof Nek Road, to the Upper Tafelberg Road stop at the Lower Cable station.