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Table Mountain

One of the world’s oldest mountains creates an iconic backdrop to the Cape Town skyline. Climb to the summit for breathtaking views of the surrounding coast.

When you reach the top of Table Mountain, take a deep lungful of the crisp, mountain air more than 3,500 feet (1 kilometer) above sea level. Cast your eye out across Table Bay, with Cape Town and its curving coast stretching into the distance. The view is one of the most spectacular in the whole of Africa. Do note though that it can be considerably cooler at the summit.

Most people take the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway to the top. These leave every 10 to 15 minutes from Tafelberg Road. Watch as the scenery becomes ever more spectacular during your five-minute ascent, with the cable car’s rotating floors allowing everyone to get a panoramic view.

For those who like a challenge, there are several hiking trails to the summit. Platteklip Gorge and the Kasteelspoort tracks are two of the most popular routes. Both walks take around four to five hours. Keen hikers might want to tackle the Hoerikwaggo trails, a series of hikes around the national park that take from two to six days.

Once at the top, around 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) of well-signed trails guide you to the most spectacular viewing points on the 2-mile (3-kilometer) plateau. Free guided tours depart twice a day from the upper cable station.

Take in the views while enjoying a meal from one of the cafés at the top. Or, buy snacks at the lower cable car station and take them to the top for a picnic.

The lower cable car station on Tafelberg Road is about 15 minutes’ drive from the center of Cape Town and there is free parking along Tafelberg Road. Public buses run from the city center to Kloof Nek and from there it’s about a mile walk (1.5-kilometer) walk uphill to the lower cable car station.

Note that the cable car does not run in poor weather conditions. If you’re unsure, check on the website before departing. Poor weather aside, the cable car runs throughout the year, with longer hours during the summer. Some of the hiking trails will allow you to get to the top without any charge.

There's no place anywhere quite like Table Mountain. To make the most of your visit, we've put together a list of some of the most popular things to do:

For even more activities, have a look at our Cape Town things to do page.


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Magic Camps Bay

Magic Camps Bay

46 Hely Hutchinson Avenue, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Camps Bay, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Camps Bay Beach, Kloof Street and Lions Head. Long Street is 3.1 mi (5 km) away.

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    The Cape Bali

    22 Hely Hutchinson Avenue, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Camps Bay, this luxury villa is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Table Mountain National Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Table Mountain and Camps Bay Beach. Kloof Street and Lions Head are also within 3 miles (5 km).

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      Guest House Michelitsch

      Guest House Michelitsch

      41 Hely Hutchinson Ave, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Camps Bay, this guesthouse is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Table Mountain National Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Table Mountain and Camps Bay Beach. Kloof Street and Lions Head are also within 3 miles (5 km).

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        50 On Hely Villa

        50 On Hely Villa

        50 Hely Hutchinson Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Camps Bay, this villa is within 3 miles (5 km) of Camps Bay Beach, Kloof Street and Lions Head. Table Mountain National Park and Clifton Bay Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).

          Malibu - Three Bedroom Apartment, Sleeps 6
          Malibu - Three Bedroom Apartment, Sleeps 6

          Malibu - Three Bedroom Apartment, Sleeps 6

          39 Hely Hutchinson Avenue, Unit 4,, Underberg Complex, Cape Town, Western Cape (province)
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Camps Bay, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Table Mountain National Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Table Mountain and Camps Bay Beach. Kloof Street and Lions Head are also within 3 miles (5 km).

            The Kestrel
            The Kestrel

            The Kestrel

            44 Hely Hutchi, Unit 9, Underberg Complex, Cape Town, Western Cape
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Camps Bay, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Table Mountain National Park and Camps Bay Beach. Table Mountain and Kloof Street are also within 3 miles (5 km).

              Malibu in Camps Bay
              Malibu in Camps Bay

              Malibu in Camps Bay

              Hely Hutchinson Avenue, Cape Town, Western Cape
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Camps Bay, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Table Mountain National Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Table Mountain and Camps Bay Beach. Kloof Street and Lions Head are also within 3 miles (5 km).

                Camps Bay Getaway
                Camps Bay Getaway

                Camps Bay Getaway

                19 Platteklip Plain, Bakoven, Cape Town, Western Cape
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Camps Bay, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Table Mountain National Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Camps Bay Beach and Kloof Street. Lions Head and Long Street are also within 3 miles (5 km).