If you’re planning a personalised South Africa holiday, you won’t want to miss the spectacular views on offer from the Table Mountain Cableway in Cape Town. This stunning city can really be appreciated from the 87-year old cableway, which makes its way from the top of the majestic mountain to the foot. If you’re visiting Cape Town and you’re looking for the best views in town, here’s what you can expect from your cable car voyage.
Views to watch out for from a cable car ride in Cape Town
The Table Mountain Cableway is a must for any visitor to Cape Town. Although it’s possible to appreciate the beauty of this waterfront city from the ground, you don’t really get a sense of its unique location and incredible geography until you soar into the sky and enjoy panoramic views from on high. Table Mountain is a joy in itself and once you’ve climbed to the top you can put your feet up and prepare to relax whilst you take in the stunning vistas all around you. The cable car travels from the summit of the unique, flat mountain to the foot, giving you the chance to see major landmarks, rugged beaches and winding city streets.
One of the most significant and symbolic sites you’ll see on your travels is Robben Island. Located in Table Bay, Robben Island is a wild, remote land mass, which was home to prisoners for decades during apartheid. The prison’s most famous resident was Nelson Mandela, who spent a total of 27 years behind bars moving from Robben Island to Pollsmoor Prison and Victor Verster Prison.
On your descent, you’ll also catch a glimpse of the stunning scenery that surrounds downtown Cape Town. Away from the hustle and bustle, just a short car ride away, you’ll find the beaches and rugged cliffs of the Peninsula. Watch the waves crash against the shoreline, keep your eyes peeled for movement in the water and see if you can spot some of the region’s many bird species.
Planning your visit
The cable car takes just a few minutes to travel from the top to the bottom, but it’s well worth taking the trip. From up high, you can see all around, from the beaches and rock faces to the urban maze and you’ll also be able to see important historic landmarks, including Robben Island. You’ll set off from 3,500 feet above sea level, gently making your way down the mountain. The cableway operates 7 days a week, but check opening times, as they vary according to the season.