Ever wondered how high or old Table Mountain is, how long it takes the cable car to get to the top, or what you will be able to see and do when you get to the top of the mountain?
Read through our FAQs, and if you’re still left wondering, please submit your question and we’ll gladly answer it.
Is the Cableway wheelchair friendly?
Yes, the Cableway is wheelchair accessible, and yes, some parts at the top are, too.
How do I book?
The cableway operates weather permitting and tickets are not allocated for specific times. You can, however, buy and print your tickets online beforehand, which will reduce your wait should there be a queue (there is a fast lane for those who have bought their tickets online). The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company has a 14-day refund policy – we will gladly refund your unused tickets within 14 days of purchase (less a R10 administration fee per ticket) if you do not have a chance to use them within this time.
What will I be able to see and do when I get to the top?
The view from the top of Table Mountain includes the city of Cape Town, the Helderberg mountains, Bloubergstrand (literally “blue mountain beach”), Sunset Beach, Devil’s Peak, the 12 Apostles, Camps Bay, Robben Island, Signal Hill and Lion’s Head, and a bird’s eye view of the Cape Town Stadium in Greenpoint, built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.
There are three different short walks you could take at the top: The Dassie, Agama and Klipspringer. There are also ample options for longer trails for more serious hikers, for example, along the top of the mountain and down to the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, or even further along, to the Silvermine Nature Reserve.
Short guided walks depart from the Twelve Apostles Terrace (below the Shop at the Top and the Table Mountain Café) on the hour from 9h00 – 15h00 and are free of charge.
If you are feeling adventurous, you could abseil down a cliff face with Abseil Africa.
Our Shop at the Top sells a range of items, jackets to keep you warm to postcards which you send to friends and family.
Children thoroughly enjoy the experience and will have plenty to take in. Several plaques on the mountain are of interest to visitors of all ages.
If you feel like a tasty meal with while looking out on gorgeous views, the Table Mountain Café will cater for this.
There are few better places in the world to watch the sunset than at the top of Table Mountain, and you can even do so with a glass of good Cape wine or champagne in your hand.
Where do I park?
Free parking is available along Tafelberg Road leading to the Lower Cable Station.
Space has been allocated for visitors who wish to be picked up and dropped off outside the front entrance.
We have allocated dedicated parking bays for tour buses and taxis.
There is dedicated disabled parking.
How far will I have to walk?
During busy times, when there is a greater demand for parking, you may have to walk quite a distance from where you park your car – up to a kilometre or even two. There is a designated drop off area, however, in front of the Lower Cable Station, so you could get a friend or taxi to leave you there if you don’t have your own car with you.
Once on top, it’s up to you how much you want to walk – you could choose just to do a short walk for anything from 10 to 30 minutes, or a much longer hike, for example, all the way along to the Kirstenbosch National Botanic Garden (several hours’ walk), or even further, to the Silvermine Reserve.
You won’t have to walk much at all – if you’d prefer, you could simply enjoy the breathtaking views from the restaurant, or the paved area around it and the Upper Cable Station.
Is the water on top of the mountain safe to drink?
The tap water on top of Table Mountain is safe to drink. You are advised to take your own bottled water if you are going on any of the walks.
What happens if I get bitten by a snake or get injured while walking?
It is unlikely that you’d be bitten by a snake, as most snakes are more afraid of humans than the other way around, and it’s unusual to even see one. That said, it’s good to be aware that there are venomous species of snakes that occur on the mountain, including the Cape cobra, puff adder, boomslang, rinkhals and berg adder. Puffadders are probably most dangerous, as they are well camouflaged and sluggish to move out of the way of people, unlike other snakes.
In the event of an emergency, call Metro Rescue on 021 948 9900.
Is the food in the café at the top expensive?
Food prices at the Table Mountain Café compare very favourably with restaurants in and around Cape Town, and we endeavour to keep the prices reasonable. That said, the costs of getting anything to the top of the mountain are significant.
There are also regular meal specials at the Café.
Would I miss the last cable car down if I was delayed in an emergency?
Every passenger who purchases a ticket for the cable car becomes the responsibility of the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway. In the event of a genuine emergency, the cable car would wait for an outstanding passenger.
What happens if the cable car breaks?
Although this has never happened to date, there are well-trained staff on site and a very sophisticated back-up system is in place to take over the driving of the cable car should the need arise. In a worst-case scenario, a rescue car could be used to transport visitors back to base.
What happens if I lose my child or another member of my group?
There is an emergency number (021 948 9900), which connects direct to Metro Rescue, whose highly trained climbers will assess the situation and dispatch a search-and-rescue team if necessary.
What shoes and clothes should I wear and what should I take with me?
Comfortable walking shoes are essential if you are planning to explore any of the routes on Table Mountain. High heels and platform shoes are not the best choice of footwear for the trip. Rather wear sports shoes or hiking boots if you plan to walk far. Take a jacket or something warm, just in case, as the weather can change quickly.
It’s advisable to take water, a sunhat and sunscreen, and if you can, a camera with you, which you may want to carry in a light backpack.
What will the weather be like at the top?
It is advisable to check the weather forecast before arriving at Table Mountain. As a general rule, it is advisable to take warm clothing, as the temperature at the top can be up to five degrees centigrade colder than ground level, and even if the sun is shining, the cloud can roll in quickly and the temperature can drop fast.
In the event that you forget to take warm clothing, you will be able to purchase a jacket at the Shop at the Top.
On a summer’s day, it could be very hot on top of the mountain, so comfortable, light clothes would be most appropriate.
This website provides daily weather updates on the home page.
|Average Daily Maximum||Average Daily Minimum||Average Monthly
|January||26 °C||16 °C||15 mm|
|February||27 °C||16 °C||17 mm|
|March||25 °C||14 °C||20 mm|
|April||23 °C||12 °C||41 mm|
|May||20 °C||9 °C||69 mm|
|June||18 °C||8 °C||93 mm|
|July||18 °C||7 °C||82 mm|
|August||18 °C||8 °C||77 mm|
|September||19 °C||9 °C||40 mm|
|October||21 °C||11 °C||30 mm|
|November||24 °C||13 °C||14 mm|
|December||25 °C||15 °C||17 mm|
|Year||22 °C||11 °C||515 mm|
Are there toilets at the top?
Yes, there are modern recycling toilets at the top station that use the latest technology to recycle water from the hand basins for flushing. See our section on responsible tourism for more information.
Is there mobile reception on the mountain?
Yes there is reception on the mountain. You may have to walk around to get the best reception, but you can make and receive cellphone calls.
Do tour guides receive free entry at Table Mountain Cableway?
Table Mountain Cableway provides free entry to all registered tour guides. To qualify, guides must present their tourist guide ID card at the turnstile when accompanying at least one visitor. Our staff members are not authorised to offer free entry to tour guides unless they produce a valid tourist guide ID card.
Are dogs allowed to travel in the cable car?
Travelling in a cable car can be a very stressful time for a dog, and the experience could lead to unfortunate incidents. With the exception of guide dogs, other dogs, with or without a leash, are not allowed to travel in the cable car due to health and safety reasons.
Why does Table Mountain Cableway enforce the no-dog policy?
Not everyone loves dogs. Some people are afraid of dogs. Many people do not want to travel with dogs in the cable car. Sometimes dogs react differently when surrounded by large numbers of people, and this might pose a danger to the safety of Cableway visitors.
What is the difference between “suspended” and “closed”?
When we suspend operations we stop selling tickets from the Lower Cable Station: In these cases, our operational status is “suspended”. However, the Upper Cable Station is still operational as we begin the process of bringing visitors down from the mountain.
When the Cableway is “closed”, the Cableway does not operate at all.
How long does it take the cable cars to get to the top?
The cable cars take four to five minutes to reach the top of the mountain. The cable cars travel up and down the mountain every 10 to 15 minutes, ferrying up to 65 visitors at a time.
Can I book tickets for the cable car?
As the Cableway is weather-dependent, you cannot book a specific time to travel on it. You can, however, buy tickets online to use at a time convenient for you.
How old is Table Mountain?
Table Mountain is approximately 260-million years old. By comparison, the Andes are about 250-million years old, the Rockies are about 60-million, the Himalayas are 40-million and the Alps are 32-million years old.
How high is Table Mountain?
The highest point of Table Mountain is 1085m (3559ft), marked by Maclear’s Beacon. A large stone cairn – built by Sir Thomas Maclear in 1844 – marks the exact spot.
Is there public transport or taxis?
If you do not have your own transport, buses and taxis are available to transport you from the city to the Cableway.
The Camps Bay bus will drop you off at Kloof Nek. The bus departs from Adderley Street outside the Golden Acre in Cape Town’s city centre. You can catch a metered taxi or walk the 1.5 km uphill from Kloof Nek to the Lower Cable Station.
Minibus taxis operate set routes across the city. You will need to catch one that can drop you at Kloof Nek. These depart from outside the Post Office on Plein Street next to the Grand Parade. Check with the driver to confirm that you are on the right route and ask for the fare upfront, before you get in.
Metered taxis are available for hire across the city. Metered taxis have dedicated waiting points at Kloof Nek and on Tafelberg Road near the lower station. It is advisable to ask the driver to estimate the fare for where you want to go before you get into the taxi.
Rikki taxis (www.rikkis.co.za) operate a share-a-cab service with a set fare to the Lower Cable Station from the city centre, Camps Bay, V&A Waterfront and Sea Point areas. You share the ride and share the price. Call a Rikki taxi on 0861 745 547.
City Sightseeing Bus
You’ll see the distinctive red, open-top, “hop-on, hop-off” City Sightseeing buses all over Cape Town. You can purchase a one-day ticket and hop onto the Red City Tour, which will take you to Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, the V&A Waterfront, Camps Bay and around the city centre of Cape Town – there are a total of 17 stops on this tour.
You can also purchase a ticket for the longer Blue Mini Peninsula Tour.
Is there a chance of being mugged while on the mountain?
As Table Mountain is an urban park, please exercise the same common sense and security precautions that you would anywhere else in the world.
- Do not hike alone on the mountain. You should preferably walk in a small group.
- Do not attract unwanted attention by openly displaying cash, cameras or other valuables.
- If you are confronted by a criminal, don’t resist. Hand over your goods as resistance is more likely to lead to violence.
- Programme emergency numbers in your cellphone before your hike.
The park has more than 50 dedicated, trained staff who patrol the park with dogs, vehicles and radios, and who co-operate closely with the South African Police Service.
Visitor Information Centres have been established in the parking areas on Tafelberg Road and at Lion’s Head, and there is a security hut at the bottom of Platteklip Gorge.
There is always at least one police officer on motorbike patrol.
What can I buy at the top?
There is a souvenir shop where you can buy jackets, t-shirts, mugs, magnets, beaded crafts, books and postcards.
There is a restaurant at the top where you can have a value-for-money meal and a soft drink or a glass of wine.
For warmer days, ice cream is available too.