The most famous mountain in South Africa: Table Mountain. This flattened giant can be seen from far away. A trip to Table Mountain can certainly not be left out your trop when you visit to Cape Town.
Fantastic view of Cape Town and the surrounding area. And the possibility of nice hikes.
Tafelberg road; along this road there are several parking places from where you can walk up. The easiest way up can also be found along this way: the Table mountain aerial cableway.
Whether a visit to Table Mountain is worth the time and money depends mainly on the Cape weather. The Table Mountain is regularly covered in a cloud cover (the so-called tablecloth), then the visibility is limited and it is cold at the top. If you are planning to hike up the mountain it is advisable to go at the beginning of the day or at the end of the day, even on colder days the walk is intensive and you will soon feel warm. With the cable car you can go up and down the mountain almost the entire day. The operating hours of the cableway vary per month / season. The first cable car goes up at 8 o’clock, but the times for the return trip are very different (from 6:00 pm in May to 9:30 pm at Christmas). Check the website for the current operating times: http://www.tablemountain.net/content/page/rates
With the cable car you can reach the top within a few minutes. Most time might be spent on the waiting time for the cableway. It is highly dependent on the day whether it is busy or not. On the website you will find current information about the waiting time. http://www.tablemountain.net/ It is advisable to purchase tickets online in advance so that you do not have to queue separately for your ticket before you join the queue for the cableway.
When you go hiking there are many different paths to take up, these vary in the time that it will take you to reach the top. You can of course choose to walk up and take the cable car back down (and vice versa). How long you take on a walk to the top depends very much on the route you choose and your level of fitness. You will climb around 600m at least so some basic level of fitness or a very strong determination is required. Skeleton gorge, the walk that starts in Kirstenbosch, is the easiest. Platteklip gorge (which is the fastest way to reach the top), starting about 500m past the cableway station, is very beautiful but a challenge. It is 600m of almost continuous climbing, the feeling as if you walk up the stairs for 2 hours in a row.
The price for the cableway is R150 for a single ticket (70R for children between 4 and 17 years). The price for a return ticket depends on whether you go in the morning or in the afternoon, R275 and E290 respectively (for children between 4 and 17 years R140 and R135).
If you take the walking route from Kirstenbosch you pay the usual entrance fee for Kirstenbosch of R65 per person. All other walks are free!
Good to know
At the top of Table Mountain you will find the table mountain cafe, where you can have a drink, snack or lunch. The cafe has a fantastic view and the prices are reasonable. In the Wifi lounge at the cable car station on top of the mountain you can also buy some small eats and it is a lot more quiet than in the cafe but you still have beautiful views.
For the hikers among us: some paths are hard to find if you don’t know the way. Steep climbs and / or ladders and other attributes may also be needed to continue. These can be slippery in bad weather. So always take enough time and take a guide with you so that you can enjoy all the beauty that table mountain has to offer without any worries. Always bring some warm clothes, no matter how hot it is on the road; on top it is always chilly!
Do you want to have a view of the city but also of Table Mountain? Then climb Lions head. See our other post for this: Cape Town – Climbing Lions Head. It is also possible to admire the sunset from here, then bring a flashlight for the way back!