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Cape Town Sights

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

  • Tafelberg Rd. Map It
  • Table Mountain National Park
  • Tour–Sight
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 11/06/2014

Fodor's Review

This is a slick operation. Two large, wheelchair-friendly revolving cars that provide spectacular views take three to five minutes to reach the summit. 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 tuk-tuk. 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 R90. The scheduled MyCiti bus started covering the steep uphill from Kloof Nek to the lower cable station in July 2014.

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 pre-book for the cable car, but in the ever-expanding peak season (December–April), if you arrive at 10am you could wait for an hour. Several tour operators include a trip up the mountain in their schedules.

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Sight Information

Address:

Tafelberg Rd., Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

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Phone:

021-424–8181

Sight Details:

  • R215 round-trip, child R105 one way
  • Hrs vary so it's best to check when you arrive, but usually daily 8:30–7:30

Updated 11/06/2014

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By Kay5

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Apr 21, 2007

awesome views

gives a wonderful perspective on the entire area

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Oct 10, 2006

why only the aerial cableway?

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.

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By Dave

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Jul 4, 2005

The only place in Cape Town that gets snow.

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.

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