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Cape Town Sights

Table Mountain

  • Tafelberg Rd.
  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

Updated 11/15/2012

Fodor's Review

Officially one of the new 7 Wonders of Nature, Table Mountain truly is one of Southern Africa's most beautiful and impressive natural bodies. The views from its summit are awe-inspiring. The mountain rises more than 3,500 feet above the city, and its distinctive flat top is visible to sailors 65 km (40 mi) out to sea. It's possible to climb the mountain, thought it'll take two to three hours, depending on your level of fitness. There is no water along the route; you must

take at least 2 liters (½ gallon) of water per person. Table Mountain can be dangerous if you're not familiar with the terrain. Many paths that look like good routes down the mountain end in treacherous cliffs. Do not underestimate this mountain. It may be in the middle of a city, but it is not a genteel town park. Wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots; always take warm clothes, such as a Windbreaker, and a mobile phone; and let someone know of your plans. Also be aware that in light of occasional muggings here, it's unwise to walk alone on the mountain. It's recommended that you travel in a group or, better yet, with a guide. Consult the staff at a Cape Town Tourism office for more guidelines. Another way to reach the summit is to take the cable car, which affords fantastic views. Cable cars depart from the Lower Cable Station, which lies on the slope of Table Mountain near its western end; the station is a long way from the city on foot, and you're better off traveling by car, taxi, or rikki.

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Sight Information

Address:

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, Tafelberg Rd., Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

Phone:

021-424–8181

Sight Details:

  • R205 round-trip, R105 one-way
  • Daily 8:30–7:30. Hours vary. Check when you arrive. Cable car closes in strong winds.

Updated 11/15/2012

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