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Waste not, want not: The story of waste management on Table Mountain

Do you ever wonder how the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway (TMACC) cable cars remain stable, even when the wind picks up on the peninsula? The answer may surprise you…

It’s because of the integral role the cable cars play in waste management on the mountain. Special compartments underneath the cars are often filled with clean drinking water, which is delivered to the summit. The cable cars are also used to ferry waste water back down, but don’t worry, a completely separate tank is attached to the bottom of a car after operating hours – so visitors don’t have to pinch their noses.

From the Table Mountain Flickr group: The Cableway’s Upper Station

A retrospective view of Table Mountain Aerial Cableway’s upper station, and the 1.2km long cables that form part of the Cableway.

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From the Table Mountain Flickr group: Sunset from across Table Bay

A beautiful shot of Table Mountain with the sun setting, from across Table Bay. Photo courtesy Konrad Blum

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From the Table Mountain Flickr group: A reflection of Table Mountain

This photograph was stitched together from four separate images and shows Table Mountain Aerial Cableway’s upper station, as well as Lion’s Head. Photo courtesy Damien du Toit.

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From the Table Mountain Flickr group: Table Mountain and the V&A Waterfront

A view of Table Mountain in the early morning, taken at the V&A Waterfront. Photo courtesy cdngrlnaomi.

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Table Mountain: more than just a pretty face

Table Mountain is Cape Town’s most photographed celebrity, but this grande dame of Cape Town is so much more than just a fun, photogenic pile of rocks and sand.

For instance, did you know that it’s one of the oldest mountains on the planet? It’s six times older than the Himalayas and five times older than the Rockies.  And it’s so easy to visit, thanks to Cape Town Aerial Cableway.

From the Table Mountain Flickr group: An interesting view from an ascending cable car

A novel photograph from inside one of the cable cars, taken with a fisheye lens. Photo courtesy Raphael Koerich

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Rotating cable cars around the world

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway is one of only three rotating cable car systems in the world.

As it twirls its way up to the summit, the 800 000 passengers who use it every year are treated to a 360⁰ view of the mountain itself, the magnificent Lion’s Head, the Cape Town city bowl, the V&A Waterfront and the deep blue Atlantic Ocean.

From the Table Mountain Flickr group: A view from Rietvlei Lagoon

A view of Table Mountain from the Rietvlei Lagoon in Milnerton. Photo courtesy smee.bruce

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Does size (or height) really matter?

There’s no doubt Table Mountain is the most impressive sight in Cape Town. It dominates the city, but exactly how high above sea level is it? Well, that depends on who you speak to.

Encyclopaedia Britannica lists the mountain’s height as 1086m, while its Columbia counterpart claims it is 1087m high. Popular web encyclopaedia, Wikipedia, also carries the figure 1086, but its business partner, WikiAnswers, will tell you the highest point on Table Mountain is 1085m above sea level. Even South African Tourism and Cape Town Tourism disagree – the national body says the mountain is 1086m high, while the city’s sightseeing officials say it’s one metre lower.

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company Limited gets an online revamp!

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company Limited is proud to announce its website’s fresh new look, with added content and features, quick tips and 50 fun Did You Knows?

On the overhauled website, you also will find information about whether the cableway is open, the first and last trips of the day, the weather on top, and even when the sun will rise and set.

Eugene Balie’s humbling job at the top of Cape Town

“Being on top of Table Mountain makes you see how small you are in the scheme of things, when you see how big the world is from up there,” says Table Mountain Aerial Cableway operator, Eugene Balie.

Eugene Balie first went up the Cableway as a child; he never thought that, one day, he’d operate the cable car.

Born 25 years ago in Cape Town, he started working as a cable car operator two months ago.