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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.


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Camissa House ¥42,684
Camissa House

Camissa House

28 Bridle Road, Oranjezicht, Cape Town, Western Cape
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Cape Town City Centre, this spa hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Table Mountain National Park, Kloof Street, and Long Street. Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and Castle of Good Hope are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Atlanticview Cape Town Boutique Hotel ¥26,335
    Atlanticview Cape Town Boutique Hotel

    Atlanticview Cape Town Boutique Hotel

    31 Francolin Rd, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Camps Bay, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Table Mountain National Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Camps Bay Beach and Kloof Street. Clifton Bay Beach and Table Mountain Aerial Cableway are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      The Bay Hotel
      The Bay Hotel

      The Bay Hotel

      69 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Nestled on the beach, this Camps Bay hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Clifton Bay Beach and Camps Bay Beach. Kloof Street is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) away.

        Mannabay Fine Boutique Hotel ¥42,684
        Mannabay Fine Boutique Hotel

        Mannabay Fine Boutique Hotel

        8 Bridle Road, Cape Town, Western Cape
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Cape Town City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Table Mountain National Park and Kloof Street. Table Mountain and Victoria and Alfred Waterfront are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          The Cape Bali
          The Cape Bali

          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 mi (5 km) of Table Mountain and Camps Bay Beach. Kloof Street and Lions Head are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Guest House Michelitsch
            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 mi (5 km) of Table Mountain and Camps Bay Beach. Kloof Street and Lions Head are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              50 On Hely Villa
              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 mi (5 km) of Camps Bay Beach, Kloof Street, and Lions Head. Table Mountain National Park and Clifton Bay Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Magic Camps Bay
                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 mi (5 km) of Camps Bay Beach, Kloof Street, and Lions Head. Long Street is 3.1 mi (5 km) away.