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Welcome to Table Mountain

Table Mountain

Towering 1,085 m above Cape Town, Table Mountain is often covered with cloud known as “the table cloth”, giving the mountain its name. From the top you can take in the spectacular views of the city, the coastline, the ocean, Robben Island and Cape Peninsula. The journey to the top of Table Mountain is best enjoyed in the cable car which has a rotating floor to ensure you get a 360 degree view, while the journey down can include an opportunity to do the longest commercial abseil in the world. Table Mountain is also a place of richly diverse flora and fauna as the flat-topped sandstone plateau was formed 600 million years ago. There are a number of walking and hiking opportunities on Table Mountain, as well as rock-climbing routes. You can simply stroll along in the cool shade of indigenous forest or go hiking for a few days. Whichever you choose you won't be disappointed.

The mountaintop is equipped with a restaurant and small gift shop, as well as numerous pathways and vantage points. It is possible to climb the mountain via different routes, but inexperienced hikers should take care because Cape Town is prone to sudden weather changes. The walk up can take anything between one and four hours depending on the route and level of fitness. Route maps can be bought at the cable-car station. It is always best to check the website or call the weatherline to see if the cable car is in operation. Hikers should travel in groups, as there have been reports of robberies on the trails.

Information & Facts


Tafelberg Road


Cable car: R180 return, R95 one way (adults); R90 return, R45 one way (children under 18). Other concessions available. Bookings are not available due to changeable weather conditions


South Africa has 11 official languages, including Afrikaans, English, Xhosa, Zulu and Sotho. English is widely spoken.


South Africa's currency is the Rand (ZAR), which is divided into 100 cents. Money can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and the larger hotels. ATMs are widely available (there is a daily limit for cash withdrawals) and major international credit cards are widely accepted, except in petrol stations where cash is required. Visitors should be vigilant when drawing cash from ATMs, as con artists are known to operate there. Travellers cheques and some foreign currencies are accepted at larger hotels and shops, but commission is charged, otherwise all commercial banks will exchange them.

Opening Times

Cable car operates daily (weather permitting) every 10-15 minutes from 8am to 8pm (November); 8am to 10pm (December to January); 8am to 8.30pm (February); 8am to 7.30pm (March); 8am to 6.30pm (April); 8.30am to 6pm (May to mid-September); 8.30am to 7pm (16 September to October). Closed for annual maintenance for about three weeks in July and August


Local time is GMT +2.

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