If the idea of mountainous cliffs, steep drops and strenuous climbing blows your hair back, you might like to take the Cableway to the top and hike back down, or even hike both ways! Just remember that you won't always be able to rely on the Cableway to get up or down (due to unpredictable weather conditions), so leave yourself enough time to hike to the top and back again before dark if needs be.
Use the Cableway for less by taking advantage of our Cable Card!
Visit the Cableway as often as you like, limited to one return trip per day, ie. one trip up and one trip down.
The three visitor walks along the top of the mountain are neither long nor strenuous, and can be combined so that everyone in the family gets to see as much (or as little) as you want. The Dassie Walk promises spectacular views to the north, south and west. The Agama Walk will provide you with 360° aerial views of Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula, while the Klipspringer Walk takes hikers along the edge of the plateau to the top of Platteklip Gorge. All these walks are on level ground and are easy to navigate, while more lengthy options are available for the more adventurous. Short guided walks depart from the Twelve Apostles Terrace (below the Shop at the Top and the Table Mountain Café) on the hour from 09h00 – 15h00 and are free of charge.
If you decide to give the Cableway a miss in favour of a hike to the top of the mountain, do not be misled by the 3km distance from bottom to top. The distance may sound short, but the hike is a physically demanding “moderate to tough” route that takes between one and three or more hours to complete. The hike is suitable for older children who are in peak physical condition. Although the path is easy to negotiate, it is quite steep and should be tackled at an easy pace, affording hikers time to appreciate the flora, fauna and scenic views. The route starts at the parking lot 2km past the lower cable station.