The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway is Cape Town’s top tourist destination for a reason. See all of Cape Town, all at once, with 360-degree views from the cable car. Local guide Warren Marks can help you make the most of your day trip up Table Mountain. Here’s how:
Planning your trip
A trip to the top of Table Mountain makes an excellent morning outing in Cape Town. Morning tickets mean you must head up between 08:30 to 13:00. However, you’re welcome to stay on longer if you’re enjoying yourself at the top. If you’d prefer a lie-in, afternoon tickets run from 13:00 till close. Warren can organise your tickets and recommend other suitable activities for an awesome Cape Town day trip.
Even the best-made plans to visit Table Mountain can sometimes fall flat. The Cableway is only open when wind speed and visibility cooperate. This is why planning your visit to Table Mountain requires some flexibility. Having a guide like Warren with local knowledge certainly helps too!
The temperature on top is at least six degrees Celsius lower than in the city below. Be sure to pack something warm to wear if there’s cloud at the top. Comfortable shoes are also a must, as the summit has many lovely pathways to explore.
So, what do you do once you’re up there? Luckily, there’s plenty to see and do on Table Mountain. Table Mountain’s flat summit extends for almost 3 kilometers. The panoramic views of the city and its beaches are entirely unbeatable. Warren can help you identify local landmarks below, like Cape Town Stadium and Castle of Good Hope. On a clear day, you may be able to see as far as the Hottentots Holland Mountains.
On the summit, you’ll definitely encounter the dassie. These plump little creatures look similar to guinea pigs. You’ll spot them sunbathing on rocky outcrops, entirely unphased by humans. You won’t see many other animals on Table Mountain, but that doesn’t mean they’re not around. If you’d like to see more of the local animal life, Warren can suggest activities in Cape Town and surrounds.
Once you’ve taken in the sights, send a postcard from the very top of Table Mountain. You can purchase stamps and postcards from the shop on the summit. Drop your mail into the bright red postbox and off it goes! Your letter will receive an exclusive Table Mountain stamp to show where it comes from.
After working up an appetite, visit the Table Mountain Cafe. This trendy spot offers delicious self-service meals, snacks and drinks. As you’d expect, the views are unforgettable! Breakfast runs till 11.30, while lunch is served from 11.30 to 16:00. Chat to Warren if dining on the mountain top doesn’t work for you, and he can suggest one of many trendy restaurants to visit in the Cape Town City Centre.
Contact Warren for a personal tour of Cape Town featuring Table Mountain. Some popular options include combining the Cableway with Robben Island, or a visit to the Cape penguins. Get in touch to plan your tailor-made Cape Town day tour.
The Cape Winelands make a winning day trip from Cape Town. This Western Cape region includes the towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl (and many smaller gems). Visit the Cape Winelands for excellent wining and dining, historic buildings and gorgeous scenery. Warren Marks Day tours are ready to take you on a personal experience of the winelands. Here’s what you can look forward to when visiting the Cape Winelands:
The Cape Winelands is home to stellar South African fine dining experiences. Franschhoek is South Africa’s culinary capital. First settled by French Hugenots in the 1600s, the valley’s French connection is evident in its dining experiences. Explore the town’s rich French heritage with innovative tasting menus at Le Coin Francais or Le Petit Manoir. Many fine dining experiences in Stellenbosch are found on its wine estates. Rust en Vrede’s remarkable restaurant, housed in a historic wine cellar, is especially worth a visit.
For a laidback dining experience, pop in to one of the many Cape Winelands markets. The Blaawklippen Family Market in Stellenbosch is an awesome way to spend a Sunday. Spread a blanket under the trees and enjoy artisanal produce and local wines. The kids will love the jumping castle and adorable petting zoo goats! Franschhoek’s Village Market has also become a local institution enjoyed by young and old.
It wouldn’t be called the Cape Winelands if there wasn’t plenty of wine to drink. Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl offer distinct tasting experiences. Each location is renowned for a particular wine style. Tell Warren what you’d like to taste and he can recommend a personalized route for your Winelands day trip.
Exploring the Cape Winelands as a family? Warren can advise you on the best family-friendly wine tasting options in the area. Many estates offer plenty of activities to keep kids entertained. For example, Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch is home to Eagle Encounters: a leading bird-of-prey rescue and rehabilitation centre. Little ones can experience the beauty of hawks, falcons and more firsthand. Franschoek’s Grande Provence even gives children their own “wine tasting” experience with grape juice.
There are plenty of adventurous ways to get around the Cape Winelands. Cycling allows you to explore the countryside at a leisurely pace and take in the picturesque surroundings. Equestrians can opt to experience the Cape Winelands on horseback. You can even work in a wine tasting (or two)! Warren can coordinate bicycle or horseback day trips in Stellenbosch, Franschhoek or Paarl.
Stellenbosch strawberry picking is another memorable Cape Winelands activity, especially for little ones. At Polkadraai Farm in Stellenbosch, the public can fill baskets with fresh strawberries in season. Tractor and pony rides are also a hit! Warren can suggest other Winelands activities to pair with Polkadraai farm for an awesome day out.
Contact Warren for a personal tour of the Cape Winelands. You can combine Stellenbosch wine tasting with Cape Town highlights, or plan a dedicated trip to see the best of the Winelands. Get in touch to plan your tailor-made day tour of Cape Town and surrounds.