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.
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