Our travel expert shares her tips for your visit to Table Mountain Cape Town
Travellers that arrive in the Mother City all have one thing in common – they are all welcomed by Table Mountain Cape Town. The most iconic landmark in South Africa, Table Mountain is an extremely popular tourist attraction with those looking to take the perfect picture of Cape Town. Our Travelmood travel expert Rachel has been lucky enough to visit this famous mountain. In this blog she shares some tips to help you make your visit to Table Mountain one to remember.
Getting to Table Mountain Cape Town
Avail of free transport and take the free MyCiTi shuttle service from the Lower Tafelberg Road stop directly to the lower Lower Cable station.
If you’re closer to the harbour then there are other public transport options available. From the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront hop on a public bus which will bring you to the base of Table Mountain. From there you will need to take the free MyCiTi shuttle service which will leave you right at the Lower Cable Station.
It’s important to note that public buses don’t take cash. You will need your own ‘myconnect card’ loaded with money. Children under four years old can travel free.
If you want to fit in some other sites then the City Sightseeing ‘Hop on Hop off’ bus also stops at the Cableway.
Want to get a taxi? The UBER app operates in Cape Town.
The Table Mountain Cableway in South Africa has attracted more than 25 million visitors since it opened in 1929. Reaching the summit by cable car will only take 5 minutes and it is wheelchair accessible.
A return trip on the Cableway will cost you about 240 South African Rand per person, which is about €16.
Upon reaching the summit, which is 1,089 metres above Cape Town, you will be rewarded with stunning 360-degree views of Cape Town and Table Bay.
What to expect
If you want to avoid queues and crowds then try and plan your visit for the afternoon when it tends to be quieter. Also make sure to look at the mountain before you plan to head up – if it looks misty then don’t bother. Mist will reduce visibility and spoil your views.
Wrap up – make sure you bring a jumper! It might be warm at the bottom but it can be chilly at the top!
Celebrating a special occasion? Buy a ‘Sunset Special’ ticket and view a South African Sunset from the top of one of the most famous landmarks in the world.
Upon reaching the top relax with a coffee in the Table Mountain Café. Feeling peckish? Satisfy your hunger with pastries, desserts, pizza slices, sandwiches and fresh salads.
You can also look forward to a spot of shopping in the ‘Shop at the Top’ and the ‘Little Shop at the Top’ where you can pick up quality merchandise and souvenirs.