A trip on the Table Mountain cableway is your ticket to a whole new world. From the top of Table Mountain, you will have spectacular views over the Cape Peninsula. You will also be able to explore the richest corner of the Cape Floral Region.

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The base of the cable car is in fact a water tank, used as ballast during the windy season.

The Table Mountain cableway is one of South Africa’s most popular tourist attractions, transporting 65 passengers per car from Tafelberg Road to the top of Table Mountain. The floor of each car rotates, giving everyone a 360-degree view on the way up.

Before the creation of the cableway, visitors wanting to explore the top had to hike the front face of Table Mountain, up Platteklip Gorge. The Platteklip Gorge route, which winds up spectacular crags, was the first documented ascent of the mountain by Antonio de Saldanha in the 16th Century. It remains a favourite route, especially for those who hike one way and take the cableway another.

The Table Mountain cableway opened in 1929 and, to date, has transported more than 22-million passengers to the summit. 800 000 visitors from all over the world use the cableway annually, and the cars depart every 10 minutes. Famous visitors have ranged from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II to the queen of talk, Oprah Winfrey.

While the original cable cars were made of wood and tin, the modern visitor is transported by the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway in hi-tech, Swiss-made Rotair cars at a speed of 10 metres per second, meaning that the average ascent now takes under 10 minutes.

Once through the turnstile of the upper cable station, you enter a unique world of violet lizards and plush-looking rock hyrax, snakes and mongoose, denizens of a dazzling floral display. On Table Mountain alone, there are an estimated 1 470 species of plants.

As a World Heritage Site, and home to one of the world's New7Wonders Of Nature, Table Mountain National Park’s spectacular beauty and rich bio-diversity are well worth exploring, and you’ll be dazzled by the scenic spectrum that reveals itself from the summit.

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