A trip up the famous Table Mountain is one of the tourist highlights Cape Town has to offer. It can only be done on days when the mountain is not covered with its "table cloth" or hidden in dense fog. On sunny days it provides a fabulous panoramic view of the city, the Atlantic Ocean and the mountain tops of the Cape Peninsula.
Climbing up Table Mountain takes a minimum of 4 hours and should only be attempted by physically very fit people. There are fatalities every year because people underestimate the difficulty of the hike and the unpredictable weather conditions. On top of Table Mountain one can go on wonderful hikes and afterwards relax in the restaurant or the cafeteria.
On the mountain the wind is usually much stronger than in the city. Pick a quiet day to go up. The cableway doesn't operate when the winds are blowing strongly. Weather hotline: Tel 021-4248181.
One can access the top of Table Mountain by either taking the cableway or hiking. The cableway is obviously more popular, so there are long queues at the ticket counter in high season. However, since the renovation in 1998 they have become substantially shorter. The cableway ride to the top only takes 2 minutes now, and every day about 2500 visitors are taken up to the 1087 m high peak.
Top right: The ride takes the cablecar only 2 minutes. It can transport 65 persons and turns around its own axis during the trip. Centre right: Riding up at sunset. Bottom right: On Table Mountain. View in the direction of Cape Point. Left: Table Mountain seen from Lion's Head.