No matter how many postcards bear the image of Cape Town’s most iconic landmark, the reality of Table Mountain never ceases to fill us with wonder. How many other places on Earth allow you to view the full circumference of a cityscape while sitting right the centre of its summit?
And if you take the cableway to the top, and join one of these free guided walks, you’ll find out just how much more there is to learn about Table Mountain.
Important note Although the Cape is rich in natural beauty, tourists and locals alike are urged to take necessary precautions when exploring secluded areas, as crimes and accidents do happen.
Those venturing into the Table Mountain National Park should have the following emergency numbers on hand: 086 110 6417/ 107 or 021 480 7700. Criminal incidents should be reported to the nearest police station as soon as able.
We also recommend @safetymountain (link to http://hikersnetwork.co.za/safetymountain/) as a useful resource for hikers. This free safety tracking service allows you to notify local trackers of your contact details, intended route and travel time via whatsapp. You are then able to provide hourly updates on your progress, and to notify trackers when you are safely off the mountain.
More Than Just a Pretty Place
The splendid views from the top may be the main attraction, but the extra details about Table Mountain, such as the flora and fauna that abound, and the history that goes along with it, are things that make a visit that much richer.
These free guided walking tours depart from the Twelve Apostles Terrace every day between 9am and 3pm – on the hour, every hour. And they include the services of a tour guide with expert knowledge of the mountain’s geography, history and diversity of plant life.
It’s one thing to share Insta snaps of yourself against the backdrop of the Atlantic coastline; it’s quite another to be able to tell your Insta-family which plants on Table Mountain have healing properties…
Where to find it Twelve Apostles Terrace, Table Mountain
Looking to ride the cable car ? Learn more about Table Mountain Cableway’s 2018 Ticket Specials.