Cable car to Table Mountain
Ascending by cable car
The cable car whisks visitors to the top in less than 10 minutes and has transported more than 20 million visitors since its inauguration in 1929. During the ride the gondolas slowly rotate to give everybody a full view. At the top, you are greeted by a magnificent view of Cape Town and the ocean. There are various walking trails through beautiful nature and other viewpoints. There are free guided walking tours every day at 10:00 am and noon, departing from the cable car’s mountain station. Although many people find the climb up too long and strenuous, the 3-kilometre walk back down is very popular. On days with strong winds the cable car may be shut down and the walk will be your only option to get back down. Daredevils may descend faster by rappelling to the bottom of the mountain.
The golden hour
Sunrise and sunset are the best times to take the cable car up to Table Mountain. The golden light that shines on Cape Town is truly breathtaking. On the Table Mountain website you will find a monthly chart with the exact times for sunrise and sunset. Remember to always bring a jacket, even on warm summer days; it can be quite cool on top of the mountain.