Cape Town’s topography is coveted the world over for its sheer beauty and diversity, ranging from mountains and oceans to valleys, vineyards and forests. Its most famous natural landmark is undoubtedly Table Mountain – a kilometre-tall plateau that presides over the city. Flanked by Devil’s Peak to the east and by Lion’s Head to the west, this broad sweep of mountainous height forms a dramatic backdrop to Cape Town.
Most visitors to this iconic sandstone-and-granite monument choose to climb it via the cable car or one of the seven hikes that traverse it. But if you’re an adrenaline-seeker, why not abseil Table Mountain?
Abseiling is a thrilling experience that allows you to enjoy views of the City Bowl and Table Bay Harbour from a different perspective, permitting you to decide how fast or slow you would like to make your way down the mountain. And, if you’re feeling super-energetic, you might like to hike and abseil Table Mountain all in one day!
Of course, both options are done in the company of a trained guide.
- minimum weight limit is 40kg’s (if you’re below this, you can do a tandem Abseil at an additional R300)
- tours run daily and are weather-dependent
Abseil Table Mountain
The views from the summit of Cape Town’s iconic landmark are spectacular enough; now imagine enjoying them as you rope your way down the side of the mountain. Being 1 000 metres above sea level makes for an exhilarating experience as you are lowered into the vortex, the vast blue ocean stretching out before as you, and Camps Bay, Lion’s Head and The Twelve Apostles forming a panorama of splendour.
Time Daily, 8.30am – 3.30pm (weather-dependent)
Cost R990 per person (excludes return cable tickets)
Where to find it Meet at the top of Table Mountain. (At the top cable car, follow the stairs on your right leading up towards the wifi lounge, turn right around the corner next to the food station, where one of the representatives will be assisting you at the sign-in desk).
Abseil + Hike Table Mountain
For adventurers who wish to test their endurance, there is the option to hike and abseil Table Mountain in one go. You’ll ascend via Platteklip Gorge, but then, instead of joining the landlubbers in the cable car, you’ll strap yourself into a harness and take the route less travelled.
Time Daily (weather-dependent), 6am (summer months); 7.30am (winter months)
Please note The tour time may change, but will be confirmed once booking is made
Cost R1 790 per person
Where to find it Meet in front of the Visitor Centre at Lower Cable Station, Tafelberg Road
What to bring:
- comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing for the different weather conditions
- at least 2L of water, snacks, sunblock and hat
- camera/ GoPro