Table Mountain in my opinion is a land mark , that marks Cape Town. Cape Town is situated at the base of the mountain as in my photo in my introductory page.
Well there is 2 ways up the mountain , you can either hike up well marked trails or you can go by cable car. Either way you just have to go ontop of that mountain. When up there you`ll know why I say you gotta get up there. The view is absolutely beautiful.
There is various restaurants ontop of the mountain and in my opinion , have breakfast or lunch before you go to the top because I found it very expensive to go and have to eat in those restaurants.
Never the less you just gotta make this one of your stops.
Rates are as follows:
Adults = R110.00 (return)
R57.00 (one way)
Students with valid student card
R80.00 (return) , R40.00 (one way)
SA Pensioners = R58.00 (return) ,
R30.00 (one way)
Children Under 18 yrs
R58.00 (return) , R30.00 (single)
Family Ticket (2 Adults & 2 Children U 18) R280.00 (return)
I guess there's 2 ways of doing it ---Hike up or ride the cable car. Since I am an old old man, I chose the latter. But either way, you have to go up this magnificent mountain!
The cable car I took to go up Table Mountain is called The Table Mountain Cableway. When you first get in, you think of where to stand so that you can get the best views.
BUT, DON'T WORRY! Just stand anywhere because the amazing thing is that this is a ROTATING cablecar --- it rotates through 360 degrees during the ascent or descent, giving a panoramic view over the city. So, no matter you stand, you get your fair share of the view!
The cablecar was built starting 1926 (opened 1929) and currently 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 unique features added in 1997 were the new capacity of 65 passengers (instead of the original of only 25) and the ability to rotate (as mentioned).
But if you want to hike up, you will need about 2-3 hours of strenuous walking through the Platteklip Gorge. The walk up starts just east of the lower cable station.
BUT REMEMBER THAT MUGGINGS/RAPE have been reported in going up Table Mountain --- and unless you are a Kung Fu Black Belt, you might have to reconsider walking...
Another route is more scenic but steeper through the Skeleton Gorge which starts at Kirstenboasch Botanical Gardens...Then when going down, take the Nursery Ravine. Be sure you bring WATER!!! And maybe a cellphone...
It seems to be too much trouble to hike, so just enjoy the cablecar -- it was fast and gives you more time to see other great places in Cape Town!
Plan on taking 3-4 hours to get all the way up to the Table Mountain. It may vary, of course, depending on the route that you may take, but that's about the time frame for the route starting from Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.
Wherever you go in Cape Town, Table Mountain dominates the skyline, so what could be more natural than finding out what the city looks like from the top?
The cablecar ride to the top of Table Mountain is yet another 'must do' in Cape Town. One rather perplexing aspect of the ride is that the gondola rotates on the way up, which is great in terms of fairness since everyone gets to see every aspect of the view, but can be a little offputting if you're not expecting it!
Tickets are not cheap - at the time of writing (October 2010) return prices were R180 for adults and R90 for children, with one way tickets costing just over half that (for energetic souls wanting to walk the other way). There is a small discount for online booking and a slightly larger discount for SAN Wild Card holders - and of course, the advantage of online booking is that you don't have to join a horrendous queue at the ticket office (although you will still have to queue for the cablecar itself). Despite the hefty cost, it is an amazing experience, and well worth the money, especially if you have the time to linger at the top. Once there, you can either hike to your heart's content, make friends with the resident dassies and lizards, have a bite to eat (either at the cafe or a picnic, if you're an organised soul or trying to economise to lessen the impact of the ticket price!) or just gaze down at the world at your feet.
It is really not worth going up the mountain if the 'table cloth' is down as you won't see anything but cloud, and on these days, it often doesn't run at all. Indeed, if you're wanting to hike at the top (and there is an excellent network of footpaths which crisscross the mountain, several of which start from the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens), ascending on misty days it could be downright dangerous, as it would be easy to walk off the edge in thick cloud.
The corollary of this is that everyone wants to go up when the weather is good, and as a result, the queues can be very long. My suggestion is to avoid busy periods (school holidays, public holidays and weekends) if you can and either go early or late.
To save on time and money, one really good idea is to take advantage of the Sunset Special ticket which allows you to use the Cableway at half-price from 18h00 (R90 for adults return and R45 for children under 18 return). This year, the offer runs for 1 November 2010 until the end of February 2011. You can only buy the Sunset Special ticket from the ticket office at the Lower Cable Station - I have yet to do this, but it sounds brilliant!
You could also consider the Cocktail Sunset Special (including a return Cableway ticket, a savoury snack basket or a cheeseboard, and a glass of sparkling wine or a cocktail), which costs R165 per person. Another alternative is the Table Mountain Café Sunset Special, includes a return Cableway ticket, a picnic hamper or a buffet meal, dessert and a free glass of wine for R195 per person. Both of these offers can only be booked online - I have no idea of the quality (or amount) of the food, but it is certainly a convenient arrangement for those who have not got the time and/or organisational skills to bring a picnic.
There is one other way to enjoy the mountain, even if you don't go up in the cable car. At night, the mountain is floodlit - disastrous for the municipal electricity bill, but beautiful from the V&A Waterfront!
Going up Table Mountain is a definite must-do while in Cape Town. You can either walk up, which is said to be not too easy or take the cablecar for 120 Rand return. Me being lazy took the cablecar of course :), but on top of the mountain there are some easy walks to do aswell.
The vistas are just spectacular, so make sure you go there on a clear day. My luck did not last too long, a nasty cloud creeped in after a while and the temperature dropped considerately.
You'll find a restaurant and a souvenir shop on the mountain.
When visiting Cape Town, one of the MUST MUST DO things is to go up table mountain. Whether you climb or go up via the cable car, I could not recommend this enough, do it do it do it. The views from the top are breathtaking, and on a clear day you can see for miles and miles.
You can reach up to Table Mountain by taking the cable car. The cable car was first openned as early as 1929 and in those days they were using gondolas that were carrying up 24 people at a time. Since 1997 there is a new cable car system, carrying up to 65 passangers at once. When you get up to the Table Mountain, you can take a little walk, visit the shops or a restaurant. And of course the best is to just sit for a while and enjoy the magnificent views.
I decided to conquer the Table Mountain in a harder, but for me in a more exciting way - by hiking. There are several hikes that take you up to the Table Mountain - some a bit more demanding than others, but in general, you have to be in shape (at least to some extent) to do it. I chose the route that starts from the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden - in this case you can combine a day of hiking and looking around in those beautiful gardens, too!
When you hike up to the Table Mountain or take any other shorter hikes/walks (there are over 500 trails to choose from!!), you will come across many beautiful and interesting looking plants. Table Mountain has over 1,500 species of plants, which is, for example, more than in the whole United Kingdom! So, keep your eyes open at all times and you will come across some wonderful surprises.
Climbing Table mountain with its various hiking trails can be very rewarding, but please do not even try and do it on your own. Make sure you go with a hiking club or else with extremely experienced hikers as the weather can change quickly and the routes can be difficult. The one thing you will be rewarded with is lovely views over Campsbay like this one
Table Mountain is not only the Cape Town's most famous landmark, but also one of the world's most recognized mountains. This national monument is 1086m high and you have the most spectacular views from the top.
The cable car up to the top of Table Mountain first started running on 4 Oct 1929. The cable car company is planning some specials to celebrate it's 75th anniversary but do not hold your breath too much.
It is a wonderfull experience to go up to the mountain and then walk around and a definate must for all visitors because the view is just fantastic.
This picture was taken Saturday 1 Oct 2004 from the cable car and you can see Lion's head to the left.
Cost: Adult R125.00
Once you have reached to the top, you will have the most magnificent views to the coast, ocean, mountains and of course Cape Town.. It is simply breathtaking. I had such a powerful feeling up there that I had no desire to leave this place behind. Take plenty of time to walk around and enjoy the variety of views.
Be aware that the cable car doesn't operate when the wind is too strong or the weather conditions are bad.
Check out the cable car rates and operating hours from their webpage because they tend to change from season to season.
A stupendous mountain, dominating the cityscape! You can hike up from either side and take the cable car down (or vise versa). Since we only got there at 5PM to take the last car up (and the last down at 6) we did the cable car both ways. It was a clear day and the views were really awesome!