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TABLE MOUNTAIN AERIAL CABLEWAY
Table Mountain is a flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town and the V&A Waterfront. It is a significant tourist attraction, with many visitors using the cableway or hiking to the top. Table Mountain is one of the 7 Wonders of Nature and gained natural park status in 1998. In 2004, the Cape Floristic Region was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Khoi and San people named the Table Mountain “Hoerikwaggo” meaning mountain in the Sea. The name later changed when in 1503, Portuguese explorer, António de Saldanha became the first European to make the first recorded ascent and renamed it Tabao de Cabo (“table of the Cape”). The name changed again in 1652 when Dutch settlers started referring to the mountain as Tafelberg (Table Mountain in Afrikaans). Table Mountain was sacred for the Khoi and San people as they believed their God (Tsui-Goab) lived there. There is also some evidence that the mountain was inhabited in the Stone Age because of the hand axes found in the Kirstenbosch Garden.
Whether you hike or take an aerial cableway up Table Mountain, the views from the top will always leave you breathless and excited to return. This is the reason why approximately 1000 000 people use Aerial Cableway to go to the top of Table Mountain every year.
The distinctive and dramatic cloud formation you would sometimes see on top of the mountain is known as the “table cloth”. In its perfect form, the table cloth is a layer of thin and whispy clouds that appear to pour over the mountain’s flat-topped summit like a waterfall whilst the rest of the sky is clear.
ABOUT THE TABLE MOUNTAIN AERIAL CABLEWAY
Since 4th October 1929, the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway has been providing visitors with a world-class Cableway experience when accessing the top of Table Mountain. Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company operates in a National Park and World Heritage Site. The cableway offers visitors a unique experience when making their way up Table Mountain.
Aerial Cableway is a small circular and enclosed cable car complete with a gradually rotating floor to give you 360-degree views of Cape Town and Table Bay. This incredible 5-minute ride to the top comes within metres of the sheer cliff face below the upper Cableway station.
QUICK THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT TABLE MOUNTAIN CABLEWAY
Free Wi-Fi connectivity.
Ride for FREE during your birthday month.
In bad weather, the Cableway may be closed.
Table Mountain is an official New 7 Wonder of Nature.
Restaurants are available at both lower and upper stations.
Annual maintenance shutdown from 25 July to 28 August 2022.
For your convenience, there are four retail outlets stocking a great selection of merchandise from affordable goodies to luxury items.
The Cableway offers outdoor venues perfect for cocktail parties, post-conference drinks, weddings, product launches, end-of-year parties, incentives, and more.
South African senior citizens over the age of 60 years qualify for discounted rates on return tickets seven days a week upon producing a valid South African ID.
The Cableway is generally quieter in the afternoon, so you are encouraged to buy an afternoon ticket, which is valid from 13:00 onwards. A late afternoon ticket also means that you will most likely catch a glimpse of the sun setting over the Mother City and Camps Bay from the top. Click here for ticket prices and information on how to get to the lower station.
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I am proud to announce that Table Mountain has been nominated at the World Travel Awards in the following 2 categories:
– Africa’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2022
– Africa’s Responsible Tourism Award 2022
They need our HELP to bring the awards home and to win Africa’s Leading Attraction award for the 4th year in a row!