Tips for Visiting Table Mountain – An Insider’s Guide

|Tips for Visiting Table Mountain – An Insider’s Guide



Table Mountain is easily Cape Town’s most iconic landmarks. Watching over Cape Town, this mountain is one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature and a must for any visit to the Mother City.

Here are a few tips for making the most of your trip up this special mountain.

1. Pre-Book Tickets

If you aren’t a fan of queuing, pre-booking your tickets online is a great way to avoid a longer wait. If you are unable to pre-book, we recommend arriving early (the cable car opens at 8am) or going in the afternoon, when the mountain is less busy. It’s also worth checking for special offers which run throughout the year.

2. Check it’s Open

Cape Town is prone to unexpected weather changes. If it becomes too windy, the cable car is closed. Check the Table Mountain’s website before you go to make sure it is open and avoid any disappointment!

3. Use the Red Bus

Parking can be a bit of a nightmare, especially in summer. We recommend combining your Table Mountain visit with a Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour. The bus will drop you at the cable car station. Alternatively, Cape Town’s MyCiti bus also has a route to the cable station.

4. Take a Camera

With its panoramic views of the city, Table Mountain has plenty of photo opportunities. The views are breath-taking so make sure you have your camera, or your phone is charged and has enough storage space. We promise, you’ll be snapping away from start to finish.

5. Be Prepared

As we’ve mentioned, Cape Town’s weather can change at the drop of the hat. Make sure to take sunglasses, sunscreen, a bottle of water, as well as a windbreaker or warm jacket (the mountain can get chilly, even in summer). It’s also best to wear comfortable shoes.

6. Take a Guided Walk

Every hour, on the hour, there are free guided walking tours along the top of the mountain. This is a great way to discover the secrets of Table Mountain, that even many of the locals don’t know. It’s a wonderful way to discover how special the mountain is, from its indigenous fynbos plants to the little ‘dassies’ (rock hyraxes) who call it home.


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