Sunday, October 12, 2008

Table Mountain

Who hasn't seen a picture of Table Mountain? The most popular view of this iconic mountain is from across the bay at Blouberg Stand or from the V&A Waterfront. But just for those who don't know much about it, here is some info. The main feature of Table Mountain is a level plateau surrounded by steep cliffs. The plateau, flanked by Devil's Peak to the east and by Lion's Head to the west, forms a dramatic backdrop to Cape Town and its Table Bay harbour, and together with Signal Hill form the natural amphitheatre of the City Bowl.
The highest point on Table Mountain is marked by Maclear's Beacon and is 1,086 metres (3,563 ft) above sea level.
The flat top of the mountain is often covered by clouds or fog spilling over the top to form the "table cloth".
Table Mountain is at the northern end of a sandstone mountain range that forms the spine of the Cape Peninsula which continues southwards to Cape Point.

Table Mountain as seen from the popular Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

The Table Mountain Cableway takes passengers from the lower cable station on Tafelberg Road, about 302 m above sea level, to the plateau at the top of the mountain. The upper cable station offers views overlooking Cape Town, Table Bay and Robben Island to the north, and the Atlantic seaboard to the west and south.

Construction of the cableway was first started in 1926, and the cableway was officially opened in 1929. At the top cable station visitors will find walking trails of various lengths, viewpoints, curio shops, a restaurant and a view you will never forget.

In 1997, the cableway was extensively upgraded, and new cars were introduced carrying 65 instead of 25 passengers. The new cars give a faster journey of only about 4 minutes to the summit, and rotate through 360 degrees during the ascent or descent, giving a panoramic view over the city.


  1. fantastic views although I don't think I could ride the cableway...too afraid of heights..

  2. Fantastic views, is Table Mountain, near to you ??
    Still waiting for my lottery win, or to marry a millionaire hahaha, going to be adding Table Mountain to my must do list, it looks stunning, great shots!

  3. Nothing like Table Mountain to make one proud to be South African! We are moving down to Somerset West at the end of November and I still can't get over the fact that I'll be fortunate enough to live in that fantastic environment! Great shots!

  4. That girl - I'm also scared of hights, but it's not that bad. You can stand in the middle and not look out and once you're on the top it doesn't feel high although the view is excellent.

    Ann - I live in Port Elizabeth which is about 750km from Cape Town, so I only get to see the mountain on rare occations and even that doen't mean I get the opportunity to go up to the top.

    Karin - I am envious. I would love to live in Cape Town (even if it is Somerset West). Maybe one day.

  5. very cool pix, and as usual the interesting ex-tour guide's info to go with it, thanks. the second one is a lovely unusual view of the cableway and the peak below, very cool