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November 29, 2018

Why visit Table Mountain?

Table Mountain, Cape Towns Flat top mountain is one of South Africas most visited tourist attractions.

The amazing wonder attracts thousands of guests, from adrenaline junkies to those seeking romantic rendezvous.

Every visit to the top of the mountain is a unique adventure. It is a must see for every tourist.

To accommodate each visitor, the tour is packaged with a variety of private tours in Cape Town.

A few reasons to visit Table Mountain:

  • Amazing views of Cape Town, the harbour, Robben Island, Signal Hill, Devil's Peak.
  • A diverse range of fauna and flora can be found there
  • Visitors can go abseiling and take a daring leap from 1000 metres above sea level
  • Visitors can explore Table Mountain through several breathtaking hiking trails.
  • There are regular trips up and down the mountain via cable car.
  • There are guided circular walks.
  • The picturesque scenery is perfect for taking photographs.
  • There's a restaurant on top of the mountain.
  • Amazing sunsets can be seen from the mountain.

Seven ways to see Table Mountain:

Travel ByPriceTable Mountain TicketsProsCons
1 Red Hop On, Hop off Bus from the Waterfront R550 included Reach Table Mountain with like-minded visitors, enjoy a recorded tour along the way. Includes stops at other locations. Passengers must make their way to set pick-up and drop-off points. The route is explained on a voice recording.
2 Uber &amp Cape Town Cabs / metre taxi from the Waterfront R415 excluded A cheap option allowing you to go and come as you please. No tour guide. Find your own way up and down, book your own cable way tickets.
3 Scheduled Tour R600 included Includes pick-up and drop-off at your hotel. A tour guide takes you up and down the mountain and includes a guided tour of other attractions. You need to move with the pace of the group. You share a vehicle and tour guide with other passengers.
4 Private Tour R790 included The most informative and relaxed option. A private vehicle and local tour guide catering to the needs of you and your friends. You are in control of the tour and you explore at your own pace. Includes guided tour and entrances for other attractions. More expensive.
5 Hike FREE excluded Take your time to explore Table Mountain. Exhausting and not recommended to hike alone.
6 Guided Hike R750 excluded Very informative and safe. Exhausting, fee is limited to 2.5 hours.
7 Self-drive car hire + fuel + ticket prices excluded Explore at leisure. Most flexible option. Not as good as taking a private or guided tour.

Cost of Table Mountain Tickets

Tickets TypeReturnOne way
Adults R295 R165
Kids 4 - 17 R145 R75
Pensioners
(South Africans)
R100 R53
Students
(Fridays Only)
R130 R70
Sunset special R130 R70
Birthday special FREE FREE
Special periods R127.50 R62.50

How can I buy Table Mountain Tickets?

Table Mountain tickets can be bought online or at the entrance

Facilities available on Table Mountain:

  • Separate ladies and gents toilets
  • Guided tours on the hour
  • Lookout spots
  • Hiking trails
  • Restaurant
  • Curio store

Is Table Mountain safe?

Statistically, Table Mountain is very safe. The cable car only departs when it is safe. If strong winds are predicted, the cable car will be grounded. For visitors already on top of the mountain, a siren will sound notifying them to return to the cable car. As with every tourist attraction all over the world, there have been cases were mountaineers were mugged, lost or injured. But these are few and far between and occurred mostly because of negligence. A few safety tips when visiting Table Mountain:

  • Don't hike alone.
  • Tell someone where you are going and the route you are taking.
  • Rest if you are tired.
  • Start as early as possible.
  • Don't hike at midday.
  • Take sufficient water.
  • Pack a few snacks for energy.
  • Carry a jacket or knitted top, even if it is a hot day.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Don't run down the mountain, it's very easy to slip and lose balance.
  • Keep a little cash in case you decide to take the cable car down.
  • You can also book a local guide to hike with you. The cost is minimal and the experience educational.

Table Mountain Emergency Contact Numbers:

DepartmentContact No
Table Mountain 0861106417
Saps Patrol 0824112401
Mountain vehicle patrol 082 411 2401
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