Table Mountain and Cable Way Tours

Posted on Thu October 10, 2019.

Table Mountain is a must-see for all Cape Town visitors. The panoramic views from the top of its 3,563-foot (1,086-meter) peak are well worth the climb—though you won’t have to break a sweat thanks to the mountain’s two cableways, each with a revolving car ferrying passengers to the summit. Once at the top, a series of hiking trails show off Table Mountain National Park’s geographic features, while daredevils can test their mettle by rappelling from the upper cable station.

TABLE MOUNTAIN AND CABLE WAY TOURS

Table Mountain is a must-see for all Cape Town visitors. The panoramic views from the top of its 3,563-foot (1,086-meter) peak are well worth the climb—though you won’t have to break a sweat thanks to the mountain’s two cableways, each with a revolving car ferrying passengers to the summit. Once at the top, a series of hiking trails show off Table Mountain National Park’s geographic features, while daredevils can test their mettle by rappelling from the upper cable station.

The Basics

Gazing down at Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain is an iconic experience. If you’re pressed for time, opt for Baywatch House’s private tour with skip-the-line access to the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, and if you’re feeling adventurous, you can challenge yourself with a guided hike up the mountain (and a sweat-free cable car ride back down). 

Things to Know Before You Go

Table Mountain is a must-see for all first-time visitors to Cape Town. Without skip-the-line access, in peak season (December to April) be prepared to wait in line for as long as an hour for a cableway ticket. Note that the cableway doesn’t operate in strong wind. Take something warm to wear, as it’s significantly chillier on the mountain than in Cape Town. Wear comfortable walking shoes, especially if you plan to use the trail network at the top of the mountain. The cableway is accessible to wheelchair users, as are some areas atop the mountain.

How to Get There

The lower Table Mountain cable station, near the western edge of Cape Town, is best accessed by car.  Baywatch House’s registered tour guide will take you there.

When to Get There

Visibility from the top of Table Mountain tends to be best in the early morning or in the evening. Visit in May through November to avoid lines and crowds.

Amenities at the Top

Once you’re at the top of Table Mountain, you’ll find plenty of amenities to help you enjoy your time (and the spectacular views), including a café and a gift shop. A Wi-Fi lounge offers free connectivity and charging ports to keep mobile devices juiced up.