Table Mountain is the most iconic landmark of South Africa and has become the single most welcoming icon to not only for the locals, but also for travellers from all over the world.
There are about 2,200 species of plants found on Table Mountain and 1470 floral species. Many of these plants and flowers are endemic to this mountain.
Table Mountain Aerial Cableway offers visitors a 360-degree view of Cape Town.
The floor rotates on the five minute trip to the top.
Besides the parks, the whole area has a biodiversity that is rare to find in other places on earth. Its many valleys and streams make it an idyllic getaway from Cape Town. The national park’s most unique feature is its fynbos vegetation that is displayed here better than anywhere in the world.
Table Mountain is pretty hard to miss. Get to Cape Town and you are there!
The cableway is the easiest option but there are many hiking trails leading to and from the summit. A good option is to take the cableway up and walk down. Check options at Tours, packages and costs box.
What to do at Table Mountain
Spend a day out with the family, enjoying panoramic views and activities for visitors of all ages.
Enjoy the view
This is a great spot to sit and soak up the commanding 360-degree views of Cape Town, Table Bay, the nearby peaks of the surrounding mountains and the rest of the Table Mountain National Park, in which the Cableway is situated.
A selection of gifts and curios are on sale at the Shop at the Top.
Make the Wi-Fi Lounge your office for the day with the best free Wi-Fi and several plug points and USB points to recharge your mobile device.
Download the free application to your mobile device – using out free Wi-Fi. Read more.
Go for a Hike
Hit one of three hiking trails that start at the Upper Cable Station and explore the summit further. Read a few more quick tips if you are planning on hiking.
Join a Guided Walk
30-minute guided tours happen on the hour from 09:00 to 15:00 daily, departing from the Twelve Apostles Terrace (below the Café). These are free, family-friendly walks conducted by our staff, who will share the story of Table Mountain and the Cableway, and provide any assistance you may require.
Watch a sunset
There’s no better place to watch a beautiful African sunset than from the top of Table Mountain.
You can abseil down a cliff face with Abseil Africa.
Downhill Scooter Tours Cape Town Table Mountain
Jump on a Monster Mountain® Scooter and Free Wheel into the City Below! Scootours® offer a Unique way to Experience Cape Town’s Table Mountain and it’s breath taking views in a fun and active way. Read more here.
Table Mountain Aerial Cableway
Weatherline: +27 (0)21 424 8181
General enquiries: +27 (0)21 424 0015
Cape Town Tourism
Ticket type Return & one way
Adult return: R240 // R125
Child 4-17 years of age R115 // R60
SA senior citizen (Fridays only at Ticket Office) R100 // R53
Student (Fridays only at Ticket Office) R130 // R70
Aside from exclusive overnight hiking trails that need to be booked through South African National Parks, you are not permitted to overnight on the mountain.
While you can take your own picnic basket, there are facilities at the summit.
Table Mountain Café
Opening time: 10:30 am
Closing time: 4:00 pm
Open all year.
The cable car operates weather permitting. Check the times according to the different seasons here.
The Table Mountain Cableway has something for everyone and has attracted more than 25 million visitors since its opening in 1929. The cableway transports 65 passengers per car from Tafelberg Road to the top of Table Mountain. The floor of each car rotates, giving everyone a 360-degree view on the way up. Make the most of your visit with the insightful information guide which you can be download here.
Before the creation of the cableway, visitors wanting to explore the top had to hike the front face of Table Mountain, up Platteklip Gorge. The Platteklip Gorge route, which winds up spectacular crags, was the first documented ascent of the mountain by Antonio de Saldanha in the 16th Century. It remains a favourite route, especially for those who hike one way and take the cableway another. Cars depart every 10 minutes so it is unusual for queues to last longer than half an hour, even in high season. Famous visitors have ranged from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II to the queen of talk, Oprah Winfrey.
Once through the turnstile of the upper cable station, you enter a unique world of violet lizards and plush-looking rock hyrax, snakes and mongoose, denizens of a dazzling floral display.
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