This is a slick operation. Two large, wheelchair-friendly revolving cars that provide spectacular views take three to five minutes to reach the summit. Operating times vary from month to month according to season, daylight hours, and weather. To avoid disappointment, phone ahead for exact times. You can't prebook for the cable car, but the longest you'll have to wait is about a half hour, and then only in peak season (December 15–January 15). Several tour operators include
a trip up the mountain in their schedules.
The Lower Cable Station lies on the slope of Table Mountain near its western end. It's a long way from the city on foot, and you're better off traveling by car, taxi, or rikki (a shared taxi). To get there from the City Bowl, take Buitengracht Street toward the mountain. Buitengracht turns into Kloof Nek Road, which continues all the way to a traffic circle where you turn left on Tafelberg Road. Follow signs to the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway. Taxis from the city center to the Lower Cable Station (one way) cost about R60; rikkis cost R30 per person.
Tafelberg Rd., Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Apr 21, 2007
gives a wonderful perspective on the entire area
Oct 10, 2006
The ride up was OK but not anything to spend time writing about. I don't understand why there isn't a category for Table Mountain itself. The hikes are far more interesting. Be sure to wear a hat, sunglasses, proper shoes (not sandals) and preferably long slacks (your legs will brush up against a lot of plants and bushes and stuff), and don't forget the strong sunblock if you're not wearing long sleeves. (Unless it's raining of course.) And watch
out for poisonous snakes! We saw what we think is a berg adder (judging from the picture we took comparing to pictures from the Net); you don't want to get bitten by one of those.
Jul 4, 2005
Good views of the city and the shore line if the weather cooperates. The waiting times for the cable cars were minimal. Parking at the base station was limited and involved a bit of a hike.