Table Mountain Aerial Cableway to reopen to visitors
Thanks to the easing of Covid-19 regulations now that the country is at level 2 of the national lockdown, the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway (TMACC) is ready to welcome local visitors back to one of Africa’s leading tourist attractions from Tuesday 1 September 2020. This follows the Cableway’s earlier opening as a one-way safety service for hikers during level 3 of the lockdown.
“We’re really looking forward to being able to carry local visitors and domestic travellers up to the top of Table Mountain,” says TMACC managing director Wahida Parker. “Just in time for Tourism Month, South Africans now again have an opportunity to explore their country and its rich diversity of natural treasures, and we invite visitors to come experience our very own New7Wonder of Nature.”
The Cableway will operate between 8am and 3pm from Monday to Sunday throughout September.
“Our goal is to ensure that every visitor has a world-class experience when enjoying the heritage and beauty of Table Mountain,” Parker adds. “Therefore, we have taken every step to ensure that the health and safety of our visitors and staff remain our top priority.”
She explains that the Cableway has been engaging with the relevant industry bodies throughout the lockdown period to ensure that safety measures are implemented to protect staff and visitors. “As part of this, we will operate the Cableway for visitors in accordance with health regulations and will follow strict Covid-19 health and safety protocols.”
A maximum of 26 people, plus the cabin master, will be allowed in the cable car during rides to ensure physical distancing takes place.
To reduce the spread of Covid-19, nobody will be permitted to enter a cable car without a face mask. The cableway will be deep-cleaned every 24 hours and sanitised after every ride to ensure the safety of visitors and our team. Hand sanitiser will also be provided at the lower and top stations.
The Wi-Fi Lounge at the top station will be open for hot and cold drinks such as coffee, tea and water. The visitor centre at the lower station will be open, and snacks and takeaway meals such as sandwiches, salads and cakes will be available at the kiosk. Under level 2 regulations, visitors can also enjoy wine, beer and Glühwein at the Wi-Fi Lounge and lower station.
Parker adds that the Cableway, working with ticketing partner Webtickets, is changing the way tickets may be bought, further encouraging cashless transactions. Tickets will now be virtual and mobile based, removing the need to print out or carry physical tickets. “Not only is this beneficial for hygienic reasons, reducing contact points, but it also fits in with our long-term environmental strategy to go paperless.”
Visitors who celebrated their birthdays during the national lockdown are encouraged to claim their free tickets for up to two weeks after the reopening to local visitors.
“As spring slowly starts to make an appearance, visitors can once again enjoy the rich fauna and flora the mountain has to offer,” says Parker.