Discover the stories and legends of Table Mountain while you're waiting in the queue at the Lower Cableway Station. You'll hear from Capetonians with a close connection to the mountain, including a Dutch pirate and champion pipe smoker. There are stories about the spiritual significance of Table Mountain and an insider's look at the history of the cableway. You'll also hear about Cape Town's top 7 experiences.
Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, Table Mountain National Park, Platteklip Gorge, Twelve Apostles
You can start this tour anywhere in the cablecar queue at the Lower Cableway Station. To listen to stories while you explore the top of the mountain, please download 'Upper Station Audio Guide: Tabletop Walking Tour'.
For a fast and convenient way to experience the Cableway, buy your tickets online before you arrive. (Please remember that you will still need to queue for the Cableway on busy days).
Directions to the Lower Cableway Station:
Driving: The Lower Cableway Station is on Tafelberg Road, off Kloof Nek Road, and about a 15-minute drive from the city centre. Just before turning left onto Tafelberg Road, look out for a digital signboard on your right, which indicates whether we are open or closed.
Be on the lookout for directional boards as you come into the city centre on major routes.
Public Transport: The Cableway can be reached by public transport: the Cape Town Integrated Rapid Transit system, MyCiTi, stops right outside the Lower Cable Station. The MyCiTi bus route that runs from the V&A Waterfront to Camps Bay (route number 106 and 107, Waterfront Silo / Civic Centre / Camps Bay) stops at the top of Kloof Nek Road. Hop off there and take the free MyCiTi shuttle service (route 110) that runs from Kloof Nek Road, up Tafelberg Road and right to the Lower Cableway Station. You can also stop here if coming from Camps Bay. The free service runs from when we open until 7pm every day.
The bus departs from the Civic Centre in Hertzog Boulevard. There are a number of MyCiTi bus stops in the city centre.
Every passenger needs their own myconnect card loaded with money, except for children under four years old and less than one metre tall, who travel free. Cash is not accepted on the buses.
Places to stop along the way:
TABLE MOUNTAIN CAFÉ
Table Mountain Café has a selection of delicious self-service meals and snacks, including options for kids, as well as tasty pastries and desserts.
SHOP AT THE TOP
The Shop at the Top, our main store, is located in a National Heritage stone building on the summit, just next to the Table Mountain Café. More than 90% of retail products are sourced locally.
LITTLE SHOP AT THE TOP
There is also a Little Shop at the Top, which you will find to your left when you exit the cable car in the Upper Cable Station.
For last-minute purchases, there is an Exit Shop located in the Lower Cable Station, as you leave the cable car.
The Visitor Centre is located at the Lower Cable Station, next to the Lower Station Kiosk. It provides visitor information, and also sells merchandise.
Best time to walk:
Summer: 8:30am - 7pm
Winter: 8:30am - 6pm
Make sure you check the opening hours before you arrive. It's best to come on a calm, clear day. If the weather is bad, or if it's very windy, the cablecar will not run for safety reasons. You can check whether we are open here: www.tablemountain.net
On good days, especially in the peak season, you may have to queue for a while.
Please check opening hours and rates, and book tickets online to save time. More info at www.tablemountain.net
Allow at least an hour for this walk, as there are lots of stops along the way.
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