Table Mountain (or in Afrikaans: Tafelberg) is listed as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. It is a flat-topped mountain overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa. Table Mountain is a South African icon, and did you know it is the only natural site on the planet to have a constellation of stars named after it – Mensa, meaning “the table.”
Before we left for Africa we had no plans to go to the top of the mountain, but one morning we woke up and thought: “why not? We got time this afternoon” and then we booked tickets online before we got picked up for another trip that same day.
We couldn’t print out directly, so we took a print screen of the tickets in case we didn’t get them printed. But on internet we could only find that you had to bring the paper tickets.
The staff at the Guesthouse could fix it for us, and bring it to our room during the day.
When we got back to the guesthouse the tickets was lying on the table, and we called a taxi to pick us up. He drove us to the lower cable station on Tafelberg Road, about 302 m above sea level.
It is popular to walk all the way to the top, but we preferred the cableway.
One thing that is good to have in mind is that you might have to walk down if they have to close the cableway immediately because of the weather. Strong winds and poor visibility on top of the mountain will result in a suspension of services or closing of the cableway.
A Norwegian engineer named Trygve Stromsoe suggested a cableway in 1926, and the cableway was opened in 1929, and has since then transported over 24-million people to the summit of Table Mountain.
When we got there we want to figure out if it was possible to use the print screen instead of the paper tickets (it’s good to know, since not everyone has a printer available), and it was!
The ride from the lover cable station and up to the plateau at the top of the mountain takes a few minutes, and you will be standing on a rotating floor that gives everyone a great view of the city.
Arriving at the top at 1.067m above sea level you can check out the different viewpoints, visit curio shops or the restaurant, you can also walk around on walking trails of various lengths.
We walked around, took some pictures and had a beer before we went back down because we had to get back in time for our dinner at Richard’s Supper Stage & Bistro.
From the top you can see Robben Island
The rates for an adult one way is 115R, and 225R for a return ticket.
The operating times varies with the time of year, so check their page for more info.