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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.

Table Mountain at night: a photo essay

Even in the worst weather, views of Table Mountain presiding majestically over the Mother City are something special.

At night, when the mountain is all lit up and the city sparkles beneath her, it’s a spectacular sight, as these photos show.

Celebrities on Table Mountain

When you press your nose against the glass of the cable car taking you up Table Mountain, remember that it’s entirely possible that an A-list schnozzle may once have pressed up against that very spot.

Cape Town is a top destination for the world’s rich and famous, and the cable car ride to the top of the mountain is sure to make it onto their must-do list. The cableway has carried Hollywood and Bollywood megastars, beauty pageant winners, sports stars, royalty, political bigwigs and business leaders from all across the globe, as well as any number of South African celebrities.

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway – then and now

As these photos show, the cableway has become a lot more high-tech over the years, since its launch in 1929.

It is now sleek, fast (it takes just five minutes to get to the top), and has a rotating floor to make sure that, as passengers head up the mountain, they all get a 360° aerial view – a far cry from the corrugated iron cars of yesteryear.

The sacred mountain

In recent years, people of different spiritual persuasions have come to believe that Table Mountain is one of the planet’s 12 main energy centres that radiate magnetic, electric or spiritual energy.

Each of the main centres (or “spinner wheels”) are believed to have special properties representing the four elements vital to the earth’s wellbeing.

From the Table Mountain Flickr group: Lion’s Head

View of Lion’s Head, photo courtesy vlad323.

Do you have images of Table Mountain you’d like to share with us? We’d love you to join the Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa Flickr group. You could see your image on our blog!

Table Mountain shortlisted for New 7 Wonders Spot

Table Mountain has been shortlisted as one of 28 natural sites from around the world competing for a place on the New 7 Wonders list.

The mountain has beaten the Atacama Desert in Chile, the Azure Window in Malta and the Rock of Aphrodite in Cyprus, for a spot on the shortlist. 

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

View of Table Mountain from the V&A Waterfront, photo courtesy Axel Bührmann.

Do you have images of Table Mountain you’d like to share with us? We’d love you to join the Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa Flickr group. You could see your image on our blog!

From the Table Mountain Flickr group: Red-winged starling

From the Table Mountain Flickr group: Table Mountain from Blouberg

Table Mountain from Blouberg beach, photo courtesy Warren Tyrer.

Do you have images of Table Mountain you’d like to share with us? We’d love you to join the Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa Flickr group. You could see your image on our blog!