Majestic Table Mountain, appointed one of the new seven wonders of the world in 2011, towers high above the skyline of Cape Town. For centuries, the mountain has exercised a magical attraction on people wishing to reach the summit. Of course, this was a much more difficult achievement before the fast cableway was built.
Table Mountain owes its name to its flat top. In 1503, the Portuguese explorer António de Saldanha climbed to the peak of the mountain and named it Taboa do Cabo, Table of the Cape. The plateau is almost three kilometres long, flanked by Devil's Peak to the east and Lion's Head to the west. The highest point on the mountain is McLear's Beacon at 1086 metres.
The cable lift brings visitors to the top in just six minutes and has, since opening in 1929, transported some twenty million people. The cars rotate slowly en route so that everyone can enjoy panoramic views in every direction. Once you reach the mountain you’ll enjoy a magical vista over Cape Town and the ocean. There are also different walking routes leading hikers along beautiful nature and viewpoints. Free walks under the direction of a guide depart every day at 10:00 and 12:00 from the mountain station of the cableway.
Although the upwards climb is too long and heavy for many people, the three-kilometre hike down from the mountain is very popular. In strong winds it can be the only way to come back down as the cableway is then closed. Real daredevils have the option of abseiling!
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