The five-minute ascent to the top of Table Mountain offers a 360° view of Cape Town, the ocean and the neighbouring peaks.
Once at the top visitors enjoy spectacular views and the peaceful feeling of being over one thousand metres above the city below. The area at the top of the mountain is surprisingly large so leave enough time to stroll along the paths, enjoy the viewing platforms and soak up the vistas.
The Cableway operates in the Table Mountain National Park, an important part of the Cape Floristic Region and the single richest floristic area in the world. This area is also a World Heritage Site. There is a lot of Fynbos vegetation on the mountain, with over 1 460 different species of plants.
Populations of Rock Hyrax (Procavia capensis), commonly known as dassies, are plentiful on the mountain. You may also see porcupines, mongooses, girdled lizards, agamas, snakes and butterflies.
Several indigenous bird species can be seen, including Redwinged Starlings, Cape Verreaux’s Eagles, Rock Kestrels and Sunbirds.
Indigenous plant and animals can be seen while enjoying the free guided walks departing daily at 10h00 and noon.
Many of these species can be seen while enjoying short walks and guided tours. The Cableway offers two walks free of charge at 10h00 and noon every day. These depart from the meeting point just outside the Upper Cable Station.
The paths cover a distance of more than 2km at the top of the mountain, making for comfortable walking to lookout points from which visitors can view spectacular vistas over the city, Clifton, Sea Point, the V&A Waterfront, Table Bay, Robben Island, the Cape Flats and the Cape Peninsula. You will also see Lion’s Head, Signal Hill and Devil’s Peak mountains.
You have good views of the newly completed Cape Town Stadium, built to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.
There are three signposted walks. The fifteen-minute Dassie Walk has spectacular views to the north, west and south. The popular thirty-minute Agama Walk to gives visitors spectacular 360° views of Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula. The longer Klipspringer Walk takes you along the edge of the plateau and ends above Platteklip Gorge. There is also a wheelchair route.
There is an excellent self-service restaurant and deli for visitors to enjoy food and drinks either seated at the indoor and outdoor tables or to picnic along the plateau. There is also a delicious ice-cream shop. See the shop page for information on things to buy.
Many visitors enjoy walking up the mountain and taking the cable car back down. The recommended route for the walk up is via Platteklip Gorge to the Upper Cable Station.
Although this hike is only about 3km, it is fairly strenuous and can take between one and three hours to complete. It is a demanding walk, so it’s not recommended for young children.
Remember to carry your own water, wear a hat and sunscreen and plan carefully to ensure you have plenty of time to get back down the mountain.
The cable car can be closed due to high winds – don’t rely on it to get you home.