Going up Table Mountain in Cape Town | Activities in Cape Town | African Travel Guide

Go up Table Mountain

There are only two ways to go up Table Mountain but a number of things to enjoy once you reach the top.  You can either hitch a ride on the cable car or go on your own steam with a hike to the summit of this world famous icon.

The Cableway has taken over 16 million people to the top since 1929 and has had several refurbishments since then. The latest improvements are rotating floors and huge windows for outstanding views of your breath-taking surroundings as you slowly make your way up to the table top. Cable cars take the trip to the top every 10 to 15 minutes as long as weather conditions permit.  During peak season (16 December to 15 January) you can even enjoy night time rides up until 9 pm.

The views from the top of Table Mountain are also superb, with the entire City Bowl laid out before you, with the sparkling ocean beyond. Cape Town Stadium, Camps Bay beach and even Robben Island are some of the features visible from the top.

If you decide to foot-it to the top of Table Mountain, you can choose the level of difficulty.  There are a few short walks up, as well as longer routes via Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and Silvermine Nature Reserve.  Reputable tour operators offer guided walks to enhance the experience for hikers.

Walking up is a scenic extravaganza of a different kind with beautiful fynbos and proteas lining the way and the chance of bumping into some of the animal inhabitants of the slopes. Known for its immense biodiversity, Table Mountain supports more than 1 500 species of plants and is considered one of Earth’s 6 plant kingdoms on its own.

Apart from amazing views, the top of Table Mountain offers a restaurant, curio shop and nature walks. 

The Table Mountain Café provides food and drink on a self-serve basis, making use of compostable plates and such, in order to conserve water on the mountain and reduce the impact of tourism on this natural resource. Special kiddies’ activities are arranged from time to time, to ensure that the whole family has a good time on top of South Africa’s favourite mountain and the Cableway Cocktail Bar is a great place to watch the sun set over the fairest Cape.  Adrenaline junkies can even abseil from the top of Table Mountain from 1000 metres above sea level – the world’s highest commercial abseil.

An abundance of plant life, birds and small fascinating creatures are resident on the table top and can be enjoyed on marked trails all over the top of the mountain, surrounded by stunning views.

Naturally, Table Mountain is the most famous landmark in the city, and you will have no problem making your way there from your Cape Town accommodation, be it by taxi or bus.

On your next trip to the Mother City, go up Table Mountain and discover how this attraction won the hearts of millions of voters to earn its rightful place as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

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