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by Linda Kaye
San Antonio, Texas
August 12, 2002
There are two ways to the top, climb or take a cable car. Only the very daring and brave choose the former. The circular cable car, called the Rotair, carries up to 65 passengers and rotates a full 360 degrees as it ascends to the top Table Mountain in only 76 seconds, giving everyone on board incredible views.
Once on top of Table Mountain, there are pathways and trails, benches and seating areas. If you are lucky, and the weather is good, you will be able to see almost forever. The lofty heights of this table top is nothing short of spectacular. We could see in all directions- ships at sea headed toward the harbor, numerous bays, and the City of Cape Town itself. We could see Lion’s Head Peak, Devil’s Peak, Signal Hill and even the towering formations of the Twelve Apostles. We could see Robben Island, the island maximum-security prison when Nelson Mandela spent so many years during the Apartheid.
Several types of tickets are available, one-way (if you are planning to climb down), round trip and combination tickets. We purchased the Lunch Package ticket. This combination ticket was not advertised and we had to ask for it. The $13.50 USD ticket included the round-trip ride on the Rotair, and a self-serve buffet lunch. However, it was not the typical "all you can get" type arrangement. At end the buffet line, our plate was weighed; if it was over-filled, there was an extra cost. Luckily, none of our plates went over the limit. Lunch is offered between 11:30 to 3:30. Drinks, sandwiches and salads are available, or bring your own and have a picnic is one of the most interesting setting in the world. I think we could have stayed there all day just looking at the world below.
Table Mountain is also handicapped accessible, providing space for wheelchairs on the Rotair and eleven of the thirteen overlooks on the top are wheelchair accessible.
Table Mountain Website
From journal Cape Town, South Africa's Mother City
San Francisco, California
May 14, 2002
The aerial cablway that carries you to the top is amazing in and of itself. The large contained tram rotates as it ascends and descends and provides you with a 360 degree view of the area. The summit contains many amenities as well as hiking trails and spectacular panoramic views of Cape Town.
Imclement weather (especially the high winds that can come off of the coast) can lead to the cableway being closed. Always call ahead to make sure that it's open that day. Go early to avoid the crowds.
From journal Cape Town: An Awesome Adventure
Mexico City, Mexico
March 1, 2002
Table Mountain is probably the most instantly recognizable
mountain in the world - you can confuse Mt. Fuji with half a dozen other
volcanoes, Mt Blanc with a couple of other Alpine peaks and Mt. Everest with
various other Himalayan summits, but Table Mountain with its flat top is unique.
Although only 1,086 meters high, it raises seemingly from nowhere and almost
vertical to its flat top.
The views from the top are spectacular and the easiest way
since 1929 has been to use the cable car. The current cars date from 1997 and
car makes a 360-degree turn going up so there is no need to push for the best
viewpoints. Check the website
for times, prices (less than $10) and directions.
It is also not particularly difficult to climb the
mountain. There are various routes ranging from not much more than walking to
pure rock climbing. The fastest route from the back of the mountain takes just
more than an hour. A favorite route from the front is up Platteklip Gorge, where
the mountain seems to be split in two. This route takes about two hours and was
the route taken for the first recorded ascent of the mountain in 1503. Weather
conditions change rapidly so it is important to be prepared for bad weather even
on a seemingly calm sunny day.
Botanists will be impressed by the more than 1400 species
of plants on the mountain - many unique to the Western Cape. Fauna is more
limited with the most famous being dassies, small hamster like animals
whose closest relative is the somewhat heavier African elephant.
On the mountain at the Upper Cable Car station is a
restaurant / souvenir shop but it is more interesting to take your own picnic
lunch and enjoy it away form the crowds. In summer it is most popular to go up
in the late afternoon and watch the sun set into the Atlantic Ocean. Postcards
mailed at the top is franked with a special mark. The highest point, Maclear’s
Beacon can be reached in a 45 min walk from the station.
Table Mountain is often covered by clouds - referred to as
its tablecloth. There is an old Dutch legend from colonial times describing the
source of the clouds as a smoking competition between an old man and the devil.
(The adjacent mountain to the left is known as Devil’s Peak.) However,
according to meteorologists conditions in the region causes moisture to condense
into clouds above 900 meter and evaporate below 900 meter and Table Mountain
being just over a kilometer high gets caught up in the action. The tablecloth is
a magnificent sight as well, but only if you actually managed to have seen the
clear mountain as well. The cloud cover can last for weeks, especially in
summer, so it is prudent to take photos of the mountain and get thee to the top
at the earliest opportunity!
From journal Cape Town and the winelands
by Heather F
Heywood, Victoria, Australia
October 28, 2001
For the less energetic, the cable car presents the preferable option. Opened in 1929, the cableway today takes about 600 000 visitors a year to the summit. The cable car trip offers stunning views across the bay and close-ups of the rock face as the car rotates a full 360 degrees during its six minute summit trip. Be warned though, the cable car may be closed down if the winds become too strong.
On the top, follow some of the walking trails to see some of the 1470 species of plants which call the mountain is home. Many show features typical of alpine plants, low growing stunted growth and narrow leaves. Endemic plants include the rare Silver Tree and the wild orchid, Disa uniflora. Abseiling is another option for the adventurous while on top.
However it is the spectacular view over the city and its beaches which leaves most visitors gaping in awe. Even the "locals", the rock hyrax or dassie, sit sunning themselves on the rocky ledges admiring the view.
From journal Cape Town Highlights
November 6, 2000
From journal Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa
September 30, 2000
One of the only attractions in Cape Town where you're probably in for a bit of queing, the view from the top is superb. The cable cars run from early morning to late evening(wind depending). If it's a lovely evening in summer, go up at about 7:00pm with a bottle of wine and a picnic and enjoy one of the best sunsets you'll ever see. There are restaurants and toilet facilities up there if required.
NOTE: Because of the height, it can get cold, even on the hottest summer day, so take along a jacket.
For the more athletic, there are various routes that you can walk up the mountain. They range widely in degrees of difficulty, so ask before setting out. Accidents happen every year when people get stuck too difficult a route.Why not walk up and take the cable car down?
From journal Beautiful Cape Town and 'The Garden Route"