Table Mountain Cable Way Schedule 2 Cable Car

On the 2nd of December 2012, Table Mountain was declared one of the new Seven Wonders of Nature. Looking up at the magnificent mountain, it’s not hard to see why it was included. There are some brave people who ascend the mountain on foot, but if you’re not quite as enthusiastic about hiking, you can take the cable car.

The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company has been operating since October 4, 1929. The cableway travels 704m, from the bottom station at 363m above sea level to the top station at 1 067m above sea level.


Valid from 1 October 2017 to 30 September 2018
This excludes 15 December 2017 to 15 January 2018.

Ticket type Return One way
Adult Return
08h00 – 13h00 R293 R151
13h00 till close R277 R151
Child Return (4-17 years of age)
08h00 – 13h00 R141 R71
13h00 till close R136 R71
SA Senior Citizen (Fridays only at Ticket Office) R100 R53
Student (Fridays only at Ticket Office) R131 R71


Operating Times

The cable car always operates weather permitting.

Please note: The Cableway is closed each year from 23 July to 5 August for annual maintenance.

Date First car up Last car up Last car down
01 May 2018 – 31 August 2018 08h30 17h00 18h00
01 September – 31 October 2018 08h30 18h00 19h00
November 2018 08h00 19h00 20h00
01 – 15 December 2018 08h00 19h30 20h30
16 December 2018 – 15 January 2019 08h00 20h30 21h30


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Table Mountain Cable Way Schedule

History of The Cableway

The idea for a rack railway to the top was suggested in the late 1870’s. Planning was started but the Anglo-Boer War in 1880 halted the process. HM Peter, an engineer, was officially commissioned in 1912 by the Cape Town City Council.

He started investigating options and it was decided that a funicular railway from Oranjezicht through Platteklip Gorge would be best. Cape Town’s residents excitedly voted for the project to commence, even though the budget was a whopping £100 000. Remember, this was the early 1900’s, so that was a lot of money!

But before the fancy funicular could be built, another war interrupted, the First World War. In 1926 A Norwegian engineer, Trygve Stromsoe, suggested to rather build a cableway. A group of influential businessmen were intrigued by his idea. Trygve had showed Sir Alfred Hennessy a model of his idea.

Hennessy approached two other investors, Sir Ernest Oppenheimer and Sir David Graaff, and they formed The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company (TMACC). Stromsoe took the fourth seat on the board of directors. Construction of the cableway took two years of hard and dangerous work. The official opening of the cableway was a historic moment in 1929 – during the entire construction process there was no accidents.

Related: Top 5 Hiking Routes Up Table Mountain

Cableway upgrades

As technology progressed over the years, the cableway was kept up to speed. Upgrades occurred in 1958, 1974, and 1997. The last one was the most exciting, with the introduction of Rotairs. These nifty cable cars offer an amazing 360ᴼ view with special revolving floors. The system is also used in the United States at Palm Springs and at the Titlis in Switzerland.

Fun facts

  • The Cableway has carried more than 27-million people to the mountain top
  • A cable car can transport 65 people at a time
  • This means over 800 people are taken up each hour
  • The circular shape of the cable cars creates stability and great aerodynamics
  • It’s estimated that about 909 000 worldwide visitors ascend the mountain every year
  • The cable cars travel at 10m per second, the trip up or down takes only five minutes
  • Each cable car cable is 1 200m long
  • These cables weigh 18 tons. They are hooked up to counter-weights of 134 tons each
  • The base of the cable car carries water up for visitors, with a capacity of 3 000 litres
  • This water base also serves as a stabilizer in windy conditions
  • Each cable car can carry a maximum of 5 200kgs
  • You can take a framed photo with Table Mountain in the background and share it on the website

Tourism Challenge: take a Table Mountain photo at all 7 N7W legacy project yellow frame locations

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Shops on Table Mountain

You can take home a souvenir of the wonderful moment on the mountain. The shops sell a wide variety of products including gifts and clothing. And over 95% of the merchandise is sourced from proudly South African suppliers.

The products range from little budget goodies, to more exclusive luxury items. You can also purchase a photo of your moment on the magnificent mountain.

Shop at the Top

This is the main store. The building housing the souvenirs, is a National Heritage site. It is situated next to the Table Mountain Café. You can buy a year pass to enjoy the mountain whenever you feel like a change of scenery. The café has a Wi-Fi lounge, perfect for a unique out of the office work day.

Little Shop at the Top

Another little nook of great Table Mountain goodies. As you exit the cable car in the Upper Cable Station, turn to your left. Both shops at the top are open the whole day for trading.

Exit Shop

In case you impulsively decide you do need a souvenir, there’s one more last-minute purchase shop. As you exit the cable car in the Lower Cable Station, you will find the shop as you head towards your car. The shop opens a bit later than the other two at the top but stays open till end of day.

Visitor Centre

You are spoiled for choice at Table Mountain, some more unique merchandise is sold here. This is perfect if you want to buy a gift, without travelling up the mountain. You can also ask any Table Mountain related questions here and pick up your yearly free birthday ticket. (valid for South African citizens only)

Another fun thing to do, is to send someone a postcard from the top of Table Mountain. Grab your stamp and postcard at the visitor centre before you ascend the mountain. Once you’ve reached the summit, look out for the red post box. It will definitely be a unique letter, it is franked with a special Table Mountain stamp.

Follow the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Facebook page for upcoming specials.

Secret Cape Town

Between Table Mountain and Signal Hill is a mountain which resembles a proud lion overlooking the city of Cape Town. Lion’s Head is part of the Table Mountain National Park and considered one of the most popular hiking destinations in Cape Town. It offers stunning views of Camps Bay, the Atlantic ocean, Table Mountain, Twelve Apostles, Sea Point, Signal Hill and the City Bowl. The name was given to it by the Dutch in the 17th century, they called it Leeuwen Kop (Lion’s Head). Signal Hill used to be called Leeuwen Staart (Lion’s Tail) – the two together reminded the first Dutch settlers of a crouching lion.

Hike Up Lions Head Hike Hiking Climb

Lion’s Head peaks at 669 meters above sea level and it’s about an hour and a half of relatively easy hiking to the top. The hike starts at the car park on Signal Hill Road. Follow the trail which circles around the mountain to get to the top. The hike is easy up until the point just before you reach the summit. To reach the summit, get ready for quite a bit of challenging climbing. Luckily a series of chains and steel ladders will assist you with the ascend and descend. Along the way you will also see epic paragliding launch sites.

Hike up in the morning for a breathtaking sunrise or in the afternoon  for a world famous Cape Town sunset. If you feel really brave, try the full moon hike. Witness the amazing view of the sun setting over the sea and the moon rising over the mountains. Lion’s Head is doubtlessly a big favourite of both locals and tourists who love a good hike and stunning views. Remember to bring your camera  for an unforgettable photo!

Watch one of our readers Sunrise Lionshead Video!

Take a Guided Lion’s Head Hike

Although Lion’s Head rates as a 2 on the hiking scale (out of 5), parts of the hike are very challenging. An experienced guide can create the ultimate hiking experience for your enjoyment. You can choose between the leisurely spiral route around the mountain, or the more adventurous option to the summit via the climbing chains installed.

Depending on your fitness level, you can hike up and down the mountain in about two to three hours. In total the hike is a 5.5 km round trip. The hike is extremely popular and can take longer simply due to the amount of people ascending and descending the mountain.

You can ask your guide to create a hike for you featuring two different hiking routes. The guide will make sure that you adhere to the Lion’s Head Mountain safety guidelines. If you have a fear of heights, rather stick to the Lion’s Head Spiral Route.

Why Use a Guide to Hike up Lion’s Head

A professional guide will provide you with a complete package that includes everything you need for a successful hike. This includes your transportation to the mountain; coffee, tea or hot chocolate; a snack and refresher drinks. Plus, your hiking guide will also take great photos of your Lion’s Head experience.

You will have to ensure that you wear appropriate clothes for the hike. Beforehand you can ask your guide for clothing tips. Proper hiking gear is recommended, which includes layering up against the unpredictable Cape Town weather. The wind can become very chilly at the top, even on a hot summer’s day. You should wear closed shoes that is suitable for running or hiking.

Book Your Guided Lion’s Head Hike Now

The Hike Lion’s Head guides have created an inclusive hiking package for R850. This includes the preparation for an unforgettable hike; transportation to the mountain; plus refreshments to make sure you stay hydrated and energized during your hike. And your guide will ensure that you travel up the mountain safely while informing you about interesting facts about the mountain.

Visit now for more information or to book your hike.

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