The Table Mountain Cableway turns 93 this month and is making it easier for locals to enjoy the 360-degree panoramic views on a breath-taking, 5-minute journey to the top (or bottom) of Table Mountain!
Cape Town’s Big 6 Attractions
Celebrate Table Mountain Cableway’s 93rd birthday with a special offer
When it opened on 4 October 1929, there were no hi-tech cranes or helicopters available to haul building materials around, so it was a painstaking, 2-year process that cost approximately GBP60 000 to create what would now be considered primitive infrastructure. All you’d need to do is look at the 1958 cable car, still on display at the Lower Cable Station and see how far we’ve come. The little wooden box with its tin roof that only carried 23 people and 1 operator is a far cry from the fancy Rotair cable car that has carried up to 65 people on every trip since 1997.
Happy 93rd birthday, Table Mountain Cableway!
The cableway has dropped its prices for locals for October. If you have a valid South African identity document, you pay R100 for a child’s return ticket (from ages 4 -17) and R200 for an adult ticket when you ride the cable car on a weekday (Monday – Friday).
And if you celebrate your birthday in October, it would be the perfect way to celebrate – especially now that the Cableway encourages visitors to collect their free birthday ticket anytime within the month of their birthday! Why not plan to visit the mountain before 31 October 2022 to make the most of this special offer?
All 6 truly unforgettable experiences
We are truly spoilt for choice in Cape Town. In addition to the very prominent and hard-to-miss Table Mountain, 5 other attractions are all within a 1-hour drive of the Lower Cable Station.
Once you have filled a memory card with beautiful pictures of the mountain, we recommend you head to the V&A Waterfront for a good meal and a small shopping spree while enjoying some of the best vibes Cape Town can offer.
Robben Island Museum
The Waterfront is also your gateway to the Robben Island Museum, where you can take a boat to visit the island drenched in South Africa’s volatile history. This thought-provoking tour is a life-changing experience and a must-do for locals and tourists alike.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
After a day in Cape Town CBD, there is no better way to recharge than to spend time in nature. Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is easily one of the most scenic picnics and walking spots in the Mother City. It is so vast and beautiful that it deserves a day of its own, starting with a delicious breakfast at Moyo, Vida È Café or the Kirstenbosch Tearoom, followed by a free walking tour through the gardens and a picnic lunch on the lawn.
Another beautiful stop is the Groot Constantia wine estate – the oldest wine-producing farm in South Africa. Why not discover all there is to know about their wines on an informative hour-long guided tour followed by a memorable wine tasting under the oak trees?
The Cape Point nature reserve is where you get up close and personal with nature at the southwesternmost point of the African continent. Spend a day visiting tidal pools, spotting wildlife, and taking a funicular trip (or a walk) up to the old lighthouse for the best views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Whether you explore Cape Town as a local, play tour guide with loved ones, or explore it as a tourist, you won’t regret including these stops on your must-do list.
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ONE DESTINATION, SIX UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES
There is no one way to explore all of the Cape Town Big 6, and much of what makes each of them so special is the variety of things to see and do at each. So if possible, take your time to explore each of the city’s most visited tourist attractions in as much depth as possible – as any local will tell you, you can spend a lifetime at each of the Big 6 and still not tire of them. Find the 3 and 4 day itineraries and tips here.