Cape Town Table Mountain
Cape Town Table Mountain and the natural setting of the Mother City of South Africa are really a stunning sight when flying into Cape Town.
You will enjoy a magnificent view of the Table Mountain range rising after crossing the Cape Flats and its gorgeous setting so close to the Atlantic Ocean.
Here on my picture the plane is approaching Cape Town from the Northeast with views over the Rietvlei and Milnerton Lagoon and the beautiful
Some Cape Town Table Mountain Facts
The Table Mountain in Cape Town surely is one of the
most popular attractions of Cape Town
. Over 800,000 people make a trip up Cape Town's Table Mountain every year.
Highest Point: Maclears Beacon 1,087m
Cable Car Top Station: 1,063m
Alternative Names: Tafelberg (Afrikaans),
Cape Town Table Mountain however is not only attracting the tourists it is also one of the favorite with the locals
Many Capetonians go up the mountain to celebrate Birthdays or anniversaries on top of the mountain or just enjoy the views over the city on a clear and wind free day off work.
The views from Table Mountain are simply stunning.
On a clear day you will see up to 100km in distance. The Helderberg Mountain Range near Stellenbosch is usually clearly visible as is - like in my picture - Robben Island, which is 21km away. In clear weather you can also see Dassen Island as far as 55km from the Table Bay too.
Cape Town TableMountain: Take the Cable Car
Taking up the Cable Car is a funny thing, even if you are afraid of hights like me. So be aware that the modern Swiss made cabin has got a revolving floor so everybody can enjoy the views from all angles.
The trip takes roughly 5-10 min to reach the top station. The view however is so stunning you forget your anxiety and admire the splendid views over the Table Bay.
The wind sometimes spoils the plans for an outing to Table Mountain, when the breeze gets too strong, the Cable Car has to stop its service. So even if the sky might be looking great, bluer than blue, the Cable Car might not run, if the wind is strong.
Call ahead if they are open: Weatherline 021-424 8181
Good Reasons why you have to go up Table Mountain
• Take in the phenomenal views over Cape Town, for early birds in winter you might be lucky to see the sun rise or sunset from top of Table Mountain which is really special
• Enjoy easy walks, which are signed and the main plateau which measures 3 km in length secured with pathways or go on a guided tour.
• Climbing up Table Mountain or abseiling from the mountain. There are five marked hikes up the mountain. Get more info from the Table Mountain National Park.
• Walk to Maclear’s Beacon, which you will reach from the plateau at 2,5km distance via a well marked track.
• Enjoy a meal in the restaurant on top of Table Mountain. Great place to celebrate with the best views over the Table Bay.
• Explore the flora in the Table Mountain National Park which does not only consist of more than 100 species of irises or 500 different Erica species, but you might be lucky to see the wild orchid Disa Uniflora.
• Kids especially love watching the wildlife like the rock dassies, baboons and chameleons. There are no lions or leopards in the Nature reserve anymore, but you have to watch out for snakes, like the Cape Cobra and the Puffadder if you stray from the main paths or hike up the mountain;).
Table Mountain National Park
Table Mountain National Park in the recent years upgraded greatly the trails and facilities for walkers and hikers.
ExpatCapeTown Advice: Always take a rain coat and sweater with you, in case the weather changes quickly. Non slip shoes and a sunhat are highly recommended even if you go up by Cable Car.
And if you are into hiking longer trails, even overnight in mountain huts, then this one is for you: Go hiking the Hoerikwaggo Trail with a group of people. This trail takes three days with approximately six hours of hiking each day. The guides are well trained and experienced. Accommodation and meals are catered for. But you need to be fit and able to manage steeper mountain sections.
I heard people raving about it, and it is definitely one of the things we will try to do while here in Cape Town. Hoerikwaggo is the name the Khoisan gave to Table Mountain as they called it "The mountain in the sea". The views along this trail must be awe inducing.
Best views of Cape Town Table Mountain
From Bloubergstrand you have the perfect picture postcard view of Cape Town's Table Mountain.
Blouberg or Blaauwberg is a suburb north of Cape Town and very popular with tourists and locals for its great beach and wind which is ideal for kitesurfing.
And to end a glorious day in Cape Town head to one of the beachfront restaurants in Blouberg to enjoy a great sunset over the Atlantic Ocean tinting Table Mountain in wonderful pinkish and purple colours.
Should you be so unlucky to visit Cape Town when the weather is adverse to going up Cape Town Table Mountain and you decide to enjoy the views over the Mother City from other spots because on top of the mountain it might be to cloudy, to windy, to hot... then go or drive up to Lions Head.
The views are great from there too and you can admire Table Mountain in the near distance in all its details.
More info on Cape Town Table Mountain
Opening times of the Cable Car: 8am till last car up 18.30h, last car down 19.30h. No bookings possible
The Cape Town Table Mountain Cable Car is closed from 20 July to 16 August 2009 for annual maintenance works
Rates: R175 Adults, R76 Children up to 18yrs, children under 4yrs free
Discounts: for Students (with valid student cards), pensioners and Wildcard Holders applicable
Wheelchair access: 2 view points along a 2km pathway are accessible for wheelchair users.
Get more detailed info on their
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