make sure you phone the table mountain weather line on the morning you want to visit (google table mountain for number) as they stop running in high winds and you may turn up and be disappointed. So don't think of doing that trip on your last day
The cable cars not operate when dangerous wind blowing. Weather conditions permitting, operates every 10 minutes in high season and every 20 minutes in low season. Last car down at 10pm. Best you go in morning on good day
I found out about cycling along Table Mountain from some random surfing on the Web, so a mate & I signed up for this when we visited Cape Town in Dec 2005.
The outfit that does this is called "Downhill Adventures" & their office is located at the top of Kloof Street. They bring you in a van, with the mountain bikes, to the base station at Table Mountain, & then the guide & participants are given mountain bikes.
After a briefing, we cycle & follow the guide along the biking trails along Table Mountain; this is very exhilirating & you can get some really good views of Cape Town from some of the ledges & ridges you cycle along.
Along the way, we stop at a small mountainside pool for a refreshing dip in some really cold water, then we move on to where the trails lead to the start of all the residential areas midway along Table Mountain.
The trails are mostly downhill & this portion is no exception. You get to some really cool & beautiful parts of Cape Town & some superbly-built houses while cycling down.
Eventually we end up at the offices & bike storage area at the company's offices in Kloof Street, rather tired but also having thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Its a good way to spend a morning till mid-afternoon, ending off with some refreshing cold beers at some of the pubs along Kloof Street.
Highly recommended, happy cycling everybody !!
As far as Table Mountain, I went there first as part of a tour. We had to wait in line for an hour (in the sunshine) to get tickets and then felt very rushed up on the mountain because of getting back to the tour bus to continue the tour. I went back a few days later after Sunday lunch with a couple friends and it was great because we didn't have to wait in line at all to get tickets and then we were able to stay as long as we wanted to enjoy the views and ambience on top! I highly recommend not going with a tour, but try to plan to go when it might not be too crowded.
No visit to Cape Town is complete without being on Table Mountian. However, getting there is not that easy. You’ll need a car to drive up to the cableway station. And the cableway is not always operating. That happens when the fog is very dense which makes the cableway unsafe to operate and also your view from Table Mountain equal to zero. This thick fog is called the “table cloth” and is one of the nature phenomenons you won’t like to see when it’s the day planned for Table Mountain…
Once on top of Table Mountain, you are able to enjoy the view on the city as well as on the Table Mountain National Park with its rock formations and peaks. The notable ones are called the “Twelve Apostles” to the south, “Lion’s Head” to the west and “Devil’s Peak” to the east. From the cableway station, there are several paths which you can use to explore the flora and fauna on Table Mountain. You can see some of the usual species from therre, like dassies, birds and lizards. For people interested in more animals, a guided tour thrugh the park may be considered.
For most tourists, like me, a 30-minute-stay on top of Table Mountain is chance enough to enjoy the view and see the landscape. Such stays are part of many tours, including the one with Hylton Ross we did. However, the price (130.00 Rand as of 2007) for the cableway is usually not included in such a tour.
When you are in Cape Town the one thing that you can't miss is Table Mountain as it is in every photo that you take so you most go and see it all the way to the top you will not be disappointed with the views. If the long walking route is not for you, then take the Cable car as it offers a scenic ride to the top in just a few minutes.
Don't forget to dress warmly as the weather on the top of the mountain can change very quickly so be prepared.
At the top there is a coffee shop beside the cable car stop where you can enjoy your cup of coffee at a mile-high. The highest point is called Maclear's Beacon and is about 1,086m above sea level. The mountain contain more plant species than are found in the entire United Kingdom.
Adult - Return: R130.00 (£8.5)
Student ( With valid student card) - Return: R88.00 (£5.80)
SA Senior Citizens - Return: R68.00 (£4.50)
Children (Under 18 years) - Return: R68.00 (£4.50)
Wild Card Holders - Adult Return: R104.00 (£6.80)
Wild Card Holders - Child Return: R55.00 (£3.60)
First Car Up 08h30
Last Car Up 17h00
Last Car Down 18h00
The views from the top are amazing. The ride up there is exhilarating whether you choose the rotating cable car or hike up all the way to the top. Make sure you take bottled water if you do the latter.
Don't go with an organized tour because most of your time will be spent on lines which can be long and they rush thru. I was walking fast and still did not see as much of the mountain as I wanted. Forget about inhaling and basking in this wondress glory of a view. Take the red hop on hoff bus instead and do your own tour of the mountain.
Next to Table Mountain is the distinctively shaped mountain slope, called Lions Head. The best place to see this is when you are standing at Robben Eiland and looking at the mountain. This proud lion overlooks the city and Table Bay on one side, and the scenic Atlantic Ocean coastline on the other. On a clear day the views are spectacular and great for taking photographs, particularly of Robben Island. Catch your breath along the steep path while admiring the great views which will inspire you to carry on further. You will wind your way around the lions head until you reach the chains taking you to the very top. The chains are there to assist you as you scramble up a section of rocky faces. They add an element of adventure, but be cautious and take it slowly. Not suitable for young children and the elderly. There is an alternate route to miss the chains but the path is still quite steep.
Starting Point: Signal Hill Road, at the Base of the forestry rd.
Ending Point: As for starting point.
Walk Duration: 2 ½ - 3 hours (Add on for stops)
Type of Terrain: Gravel road, Rocky single track, Steep section with chains to pull yourself up, ladders.
Difficulty: The majority of the walk is steep but easy going. The last section is very steep and you need to use chains to climb up a section of boulders, which increases the difficulty of this walk.
Signal Hill is the famous, flat-topped hill located next to Lion's Head. Signal Hill derives its name from the time when it was used as a semaphore post for communication with ships at sea. It is from here that the noon cannon is still fired every day. After dark, the hill is a popular scene for couples wanting to enjoy the romantic sights of the sparkling city lights set against the backdrop of a floodlit Table Mountain.
Signal Hill is well known for the cannon shot at noon. This cannon is operated by the South African Astronomical Observatory. There is a road leading to the summit and it is from this vantage point that stunning views over Cape Town and the surrounding areas can be appreciated. These views are at their most spectacular at dawn or sunset. Signal Hill is the perfect place from which to view Cape Town in all its wonder.
The best views of Cape Town are seen from the top of Table Mountain. The Cableway takes you to the summit in under 10 minutes and the cable car's rotating floor ensure that all passengers get a 360 degree aerial view of the city.
1 March - 31 March
First Car Up 08h00
Last Car Up 18h30
Last Car Down 19h30
Adult - Return: R130.00
The Cape Explorer Topless Bus offers guided tours that drop off at the Lower Cable Station. The 2 hour long tours are on a circular route and drop off points include: Cape Town Tourism, The Cableway, Camps Bay and the V&A Waterfront Clock Tower, Convention Centre, S.A. Museum, Castle and Sea Point. For more information please check their website on http://www.hyltonross.co.za/ (Topless Tours)
Table Mountain is a flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town. It is a significant tourist attraction, with many visitors using the cableway to take a ride to the top. The mountain forms part of the Table Mountain National Park.
The main feature of Table Mountain is a level plateau approximately 3 kilometres (2 miles) from side to side, surrounded by steep cliffs. The plateau, flanked by Devil's Peak to the east and by Lion's Head to the west, forms a dramatic backdrop to Cape Town and its Table Bay harbour, and together with Signal Hill form the natural amphitheatre of the City Bowl.
The highest point on Table Mountain is towards the eastern end of the plateau and is marked by Maclear's Beacon, a stone cairn built in 1865 by Sir Thomas Maclear for trigonometrical survey. It is 1,086 metres (3,563 ft) above sea level, about 19 metres (62 ft) higher than the cable station at the western end of the plateau.
The flat top of the mountain is often covered by cloud spilling over the top to form the "table cloth."
Table Mountain is at the northern end of a sandstone mountain range that forms the spine of the Cape Peninsula. To the south of the main plateau is a lower part of the range called the Back Table. On the Atlantic coast of the peninsula, the range is known as the Twelve Apostles. The range continues southwards to Cape Point.
Antonio de Saldanha was the first European to land in Table Bay. He climbed the mighty mountain in 1503 and named it 'Table Mountain'.
The Table Mountain Cableway takes passengers from the lower cable station on Tafelberg Road, about 302 m above sea level, to the plateau at the top of the mountain. The upper cable station offers views overlooking Cape Town, Table Bay and Robben Island to the north, and the Atlantic seaboard to the west and south.
The best views of Cape Town and the surrounding area can be seen from atop Table Mountain. You take a cable car (about 5 minute ride) to the top of the mountain. There are a number of paths when you are up there to hike and explore. There is also a cafeteria style restaurant on top of the mountain where you can grab a bite to eat and a glass of wine.
Table Mountain is one of South Africa’s greatest landmarks and towers 1,086m above the City of Cape Town. It is visible from as far as 200 km out to sea on clear days and is often covered with cloud called the tablecloth. A revolving cable car carries visitors up and down in about 5 minutes and numerous walking and hiking paths lead up and across Table Mountain. Spectacular views of the city, the Cape peninsula, the coastline and the ocean can be seen from 11 viewpoints on the summit. Table Mountain is more than a place of dramatic scenic beauty, it is also a place of richly diverse flora. Over 1,470 plant species occur on the mountain, more than in the British Isles. Complimenting this is the fauna such as the Table Mountain Ghost Frog that is found nowhere else in the world.
What more can I say about being on Table Mountain? So many before me have written many things about Table Mountain.
All I can say is that you just go there and experience the feeling of being on top of the world !!!!!
Ok, first thing is first......all the tour books were right about....If you wake up and the weather is clear and the wind isn't blowing hard...MAKE YOUR WAY UP TO TABLE MOUNTAIN !!!!!!!! we choose to do that on our first day there and it was so perfect...if we would have waited a couple of days we wouldn't have had the chance to go up there the weather went sour real quick on our days in Cape Town....price as of June 2007 was R120 for a return.....I really don't know how else would anyone get down if it wasn't thru the gondola type thing takes you up and down ? Once up on the top there is various trails around the top....we spent about a hour and that was plenty of time. The view from the top are just jaw-dropping !!!!!..also on top there are toilets and a small gift shops, and a deli type place to grab snacks, soda, etc., Well worth the time and trip up.....can't come to Cape Town without doing this !!!!!!
If you are in Cape Town , a visit to Table mountain is a must do . The best way to get to the top is to go by the cable car, trip takes about 10min each way and the view is mind blowing, as the gondala rotates one complete rotation from the bottom station to the top. There is a restaurant, souvenir shop and toilets at the summit .
The cable car is closed down if the wind or the fog become to strong or thick so check the weather before setting out at the time i was there, the cost was R100 return for an adult , well worth it in my book