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Best Views From Cape Town’s Table Mountain (and Top Tips For The Table Mountain Cableway!)

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Cape Town’s Table Mountain sits majestically in the background – to be marveled at in its enormity on clear days and in wonder on overcast days when the South Easter winds create the ‘tablecloth,’ shrouding the plateaued top in clouds. But the best way to experience one of the most famous mountains in Africa is from the top of it. The Table Mountain elevation at the plateau is 3500ft (1,067m) – and the view from Table Mountain is simply spectacular. Visitors to Cape Town, South Africa can complete a strenuous Table Mountain hike – or swiftly arrive to the plateau using the Table Mountain Cable Car.

 

History Of Table Mountain, Cape Town

Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

Table Mountain was formed 520 million years ago – making it 6 times older than the Himalayas. Table Mountain has a history of inhabitants that stretches back 2000 years – but it was in 1503 that the first European climbed the mountain and named it Table of the Cape. In the late 1700s, the British built three blockhouses on the mountain. In the early 1900s, five dams were built on the mountain (with the help of the steam engine train that carried materials across the plateau) to provide the city with water. In 1929, the first Table Mountain cableway opened (which ran until it was overhauled in 1997). In the 1930s, there was a campaign to establish a national park, but it wasn’t until 1998 that South African President Nelson Mandela created Cape Peninsula National Park. Many fires have raged on the mountain – the most notable in recent times in 1986, 1991, 2006 and 2015. Table Mountain is part of what is now known as the Table Mountain National Park – and the range extends to the southern end of the cape. It’s also included as part of the Cape Floral Region World Heritage Site and, in 2011, it was added to the list of New 7 Wonders of Nature.

 

Table Mountain Cable Car or Table Mountain Hike?

There are many Table Mountain activities, but most visitors either choose walking up Table Mountain or riding the table top mountain cable car. There are several Table Mountain hike routes that lead to the top, but we were a little uncertain about hiking Table Mountain without a guide (more on Table Mountain guided hikes at the end of the post!). Although Table Mountain routes are clearly shown on the Table Mountain hiking trails map, we felt a table top mountain hike exceeded our level of comfort – as we had not packed hiking gear for our trip. The Cape Town Table Mountain cable car provides an easy and quick way to the top…no trekking gear required!

 

Table Mountain Cableway Facts

Before you go to the cable car to Table Mountain in Cape Town, there are a few things you should know.

 

Table Mountain Cable Car Prices

Table Mountain prices for the cable car depend on several factors – including time of day, age of visitor and single ride/roundtrip. Note: The Table Mountain entrance fees stated are valid until April 2021.

The Cable Car Cape Town prices for an adult roundtrip ticket in the morning (from 8:00am to 1:00pm) costs 360 rand (about $20 USD) and are the most expensive Table Mountain cableway tickets sold. In the afternoon (1pm to close), the adult price is reduced to 300 rand (about $17 USD). A one-way ticket for the cable car up Table Mountain (or just down!) is 200 rand (about $11 USD) regardless of time of day. The rate for a child (age 4 to 17) roundtrip ticket in the morning is 190 rand and in the afternoon is 150 rand. A Cape Town cable way one-way ticket for children is 100 rand. Children under 4 years of age ride for free.

 

Cable Car Table Mountain Specials

In the summer months (November to February), visitors can purchase a ticket for the Table Mountain cable car sunset special. Roundtrip tickets are half-price after 6:00pm.

 

Table Mountain Tickets Online

To make a Table Mountain cable car booking, tickets should be purchased online. Tickets are valid for 7 days from the date chosen and can be refunded within those 7 days via credit card if not used.

 

Cable Car Table Mountain Opening Times

The cable car operating hours varies by season, with the first car up at either 8:00am or 8:30am and the last car coming down at 6:00pm (at the height of winter) or at 9:30pm (at the height of summer).

 

How To Get To Table Mountain Cape Town

The Table Mountain cableway can be reached by car, public bus, tour bus or private tour. Use this link to Google Maps for directions. If using public transport, check the Table Mountain bus schedule here. The City Sightseeing Cape Town Tour Bus makes several stops at Table Mountain daily – learn more about the bus as an ideal option for Cape Town visitor transportation!

 

Table Mountain Weather

The weather at Cape Town Table Mountain can change quickly – and drastically! It can be clear and sunny in the city and the mountain can be covered in clouds. Wind can cause the Table Mountain cableway to stop running without too much warning. For the best view from Table Mountain, you want to be sure to visit on a clear day. You can check a Table Mountain live cam (link here!) and check online for current weather conditions.

 

Table Mountain Pictures: 9 Best Views From Table Mountain

The Table Mountain Plateau has numerous trails that allow visitors to take in the vistas from various viewpoints. Plan to spend a couple of hours at the top. We took these 9 images of Table Mountain, Cape Town on the clearest day during our visit to Cape Town, South Africa in November.

#1 Below The Table Mountain Cable Car

The Table Mountain cableway cars can carry 65 people per car up the mountain in a quick 5-minute ride.

Table Mountain Cableway going up the mountain in Cape Town, South Africa

 

#2 View From Table Mountain To Camps Bay

Looking down on the white, powdery sand of Camps Bay.

View from Table Mountain to Camps Bay in Cape Town, South Africa

 

#3 Cape Town City Views From Table Mountain

View from Table Mountain to the Cape Town Stadium, V&A Waterfront Harbor and Cape Town CBD.

Views from Table Mountain of Cape Town Stadium, V&A Waterfront and Cape Town CBD in South Africa

 

#4 View Of Devil’s Peak From Table Mountain Plateau

The name, Devil’s Peak, originates from folklore. According to legend, Van Hunk, a pirate, was smoking his pipe on the mountain when he encountered a man who challenged him to a smoking contest. It turns out, the man was the Devil and every time the mountain is covered in the ‘tablecloth’ the two are battling each other.

View from Table Mountain plateau to Devil's Peak

 

#5 View Of Lion’s Head And Signal Hill From Table Mountain Plateau

Looking at Lion’s Head (left peak) to Signal hill, with Cape Town in the foreground and Sea Point in the background. Robben Island can be seen in the distance.

Views from Cape Town's Table Mountain South Africa JetSetting Fools

 

#6 View From Table Mountain To Hout Bay

The southern viewpoint from the plateau features views to Hout Bay and beyond.

View from Table Mountain to Hout Bay in Cape Town, South Africa

 

#7 View Of The 12 Apostles Mountain Cape Town

The 12 Apostles mountain range extends south from Table Mountain along the stunning western coastline.

View of 12 Apostles Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

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#8 Table Mountain Dassies

Small, gopher-like Dassies are often spotted sunning themselves on the rocks of the Table Mountain plateau. Interesting fact: Although they are small creatures, they are a relative of the African Elephant.

Dassies on Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa

 

#9 Table Mountain Lizards

Colorful bright green lizards are a common sight on Table Mountain; this is a Southern Rock Agama basking in the sun – but they are often found among the plants on Table Mountain.

Lizard basks in sun on rock at top of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa


 

Cape Town Tours Of Table Mountain

There are many Cape Town excursions that lead visitors to the top of Table Mountain. Visitors interested in guided Table Mountain walks to the plateau can choose from several routes up Table Mountain and half- or full- day guided Table Mountain hiking tours. We researched Table Mountain hiking tours and found these highly-rated tours – you just need to decide how long you want to hike Table Mountain and on which Table Mountain walking routes!

 

Private Table Mountain Guided Hike – Enjoy a private hike with a professional guide on a tour that fits your fitness level and interests. The guide will tailor the tour to the Table Mountain walking trails that best fit your needs. Find out more!

 

Table Mountain 4-Hour Hiking Adventure – Hike the India Venster trail (one of the most popular Table Mountain hiking routes) with a guide who will help you use your hands and feet to scurry up the mountain. From the top, take the easy way down in the Table Mountain cableway. Get the details here!

 

Table Mountain 2-Hour Platteklip Gorge Hike – Follow a guide up the Platteklip Gorge – the shortest of the Cape Town Table mountain hiking trails to the top! Enjoy the incredible views and ride the Table Mountain cable car back down. Learn more about this hike!

 

Full-Day Table Mountain Hike – Begin in the picturesque Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, where this Table Mountain trailhead is found, and hike up Skeleton Gorge to the top of Table Mountain – then come down by cable car. Find details here!

Looking for other Cape Town adventure activities? Search here for adventures like paragliding, canyoning and snorkeling! 

 

What You Will Need For Your Visit To Table Mountain

We a few tips and hacks to make your visit to Table Mountain go smoothly.

 

Proper Shoes

For the scenic viewpoints on Table Mountain that we highlight in this post, a pair of hiking shoes (not boots), like Merrell trail shoes, or all-purpose travel shoes are sufficient.

 

Travel Camera & Binoculars

It is best to capture the beauty of Table Mountain with a good camera that has a zoom lens. We use a Canon Rebel with an everyday 18-135mm lens, although we wished we would have brought along our zoom 55-250mm lens so that we could have taken better photos of the amazing Table Mountain view. Binoculars are another item we regret not having!

 

Day Bag

Whether you use a backpack or a suitcase, you will certainly want a great day pack to organize and secure all of your essential, everyday travel items!

 

Travel Insurance

We think travel insurance is essential! It can be used to cover expenses incurred for a wide range of things – such as injuries, illnesses and even flight delays or cancellations. Find rates and a full list of coverages at World Nomads.

 

Start planning your trip to Cape Town! Search for the lowest airfares, the best accommodations and fun things to do…then start packing!  Want more travel planning tips? Head over to our Travel Planning page for more information and tips on traveling – and for country-specific information, take a look at our Travel Guides page!

 

More For Your Trip To Cape Town: Read our top Cape Town tips and detailed South Africa travel guides for Visiting Penguins, A Cape Town Walking Tour, Best Cape Town BeachesCape Town Wine Tasting and our Complete Cape Town Itinerary!

 

We want to know: What is your favorite view from Table Mountain? Did you take the Table Mountain cableway or hike up? Give us your best tips and advice in the comments! 

 

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8 thoughts on “Best Views From Cape Town’s Table Mountain (and Top Tips For The Table Mountain Cableway!)

  1. Anonymous

    The South African dassie looks a bit like a Rocky Mountain marmot — wonder if it can whistle like a marmot??!!?!?

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