Table Mountain Cableway turns 83!
Today, Table Mountain Cableway turns the grand old age of 83 – and what a fantastic existence we have had so far.
We’ve come a long way since Sir Alfred Hennessy and a few investors, Sir David Graaff and Sir Ernest Oppenheimer, formed the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company to finance construction of the cableway, which was officially opened on October 4, 1929.
Naturally, we’ve made a few alterations along the way, progressively improving our environmental responsibility as well as upgrading the cable cars and cables over the years. Throughout our 83 exciting years we’ve also welcomed in excess of 21-million visitors, and we can proudly say that our cable car accident rate has remained at zero.
Being a golden oldie already, we have seen much and been privy to the whispers of many a celebrity, local and international visitor, president, and of course royalty.
Some of our famous visitors have included, Oprah Winfrey, Tina Turner, Michael Buble, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Schumacher, Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth II, India’s President Pratibha Patil, and more recently our local heroes, the South African Olympic team, all of whom offered glowing reports of their trips in the cable car, as well as of our New7Wonder of Nature.
A birthday wouldn’t a birthday without enjoying at least one mouthful of delicious birthday cake and we at Table Mountain Cableway will be celebrating our big day with delightful and yummy cupcakes made by our beloved confectioner. Don’t worry, you can also enjoy some, as we are offering cupcakes to our first 400 visitors today! Mmm … we simply cannot wait to dig in.
Table Mountain Cableway believes birthdays are special and meant to be celebrated, and our gift to you on your special day is a trip to the top of Table Mountain for free. The offer is available to South African visitors over the age of 18. All you need to do is come to the Lower Cable Station and produce your ID on your birthday.