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Table Mountain

The lofty summit of Table Mountain is Cape Town’s crowning glory, offering a coastal panorama that is second to none.

Whatever else you do during your stay in Cape Town, make sure you make time for a trip to Table Mountain. Sitting higher than 1 km above sea level, it is a challenging climb to reach the summit. The breathtaking vista that awaits you at the top is a fitting reward.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can hike up the mountain in a little under 5 hours. Recommended trails include the sun-soaked Platteklip Gorge, which is the most direct and popular route. From Camps Bay, you can choose between the Kasteelsport track and the Diagonal Traverse. These will take you straight to the top, but be prepared to stop for a rest along the way!

To reach the summit without breaking a sweat, why not try the Aerial Cableway? Leaving every 10-15 minutes from Tafelberg Road, it will whisk you up the mountain in a matter of minutes. Each cable car has been fitted with rotating floors to ensure that no one misses out on the glorious views. They only run in good weather, so grasp the first sunny day and make your ascent! Free parking for the cable car station is available on Tafelberg Road, just 15 minutes’ drive from the city centre. Public buses also run to nearby Kloof Nek, 1.5 km downhill from the lower cable car station.

Once you arrive at the sandstone plateau for which the mountain is named, why not stop for a quick bite to eat at the Table Mountain Café. This airy, modern restaurant lets you relax and take in the scenery whilst refuelling for rest of the day.

Carpeted in a wealth of flora and fauna, the top of the mountain is home to over 1,500 different plant species. There is abundant wildlife to be found as well, including the rock rabbit, mongoose and even some Tahrs (descendants of Himalayan goats escaped from the local zoo).

As the weather on the mountain is notoriously unpredictable, it’s definitely worth checking the day’s forecast online before setting out. Even on sunny days, make sure you pack a jacket as it can get very cool at the summit.


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Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

76 Orange Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Company's Garden and South African Jewish Museum. Greenmarket Square and Iziko Social History Resource Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cape Town Station is 25 minutes by foot.

    Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel
    Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel

    Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel

    5 Upper Union Street, Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Cape Town City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kloof Street and Long Street. Cape Town International Convention Centre and Castle of Good Hope are also within 2 miles (3 km). Cape Town Station is 28 minutes by foot.

      Taj Cape Town AU$222
      Taj Cape Town

      Taj Cape Town

      1 Wale Street, corner St Georges Mall, Cape Town, Western Cape
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located near the airport, just steps away from St. Georges Mall and Long Street. Kloof Street and Castle of Good Hope are also within 15 minutes. Cape Town Station is 9 minutes by foot.

        Tuynhuys Luxury Serviced Apartments AU$56
        Tuynhuys Luxury Serviced Apartments

        Tuynhuys Luxury Serviced Apartments

        54 Keerom Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Cape Town City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Company's Garden and Long Street. Kloof Street and Castle of Good Hope are also within 1 mile (2 km). Cape Town Station is 13 minutes by foot.

          Guest House Michelitsch
          Guest House Michelitsch

          Guest House Michelitsch

          41 Hely Hutchinson Ave, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Camps Bay, this guesthouse is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Table Mountain National Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Camps Bay Beach and Kloof Street. Lions Head and Long Street are also within 3 miles (5 km).

            50 On Hely Villa
            50 On Hely Villa

            50 On Hely Villa

            50 Hely Hutchinson Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Camps Bay, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Table Mountain National Park and Camps Bay Beach. Table Mountain and Kloof Street are also within 3 miles (5 km).

              Malibu - Three Bedroom Apartment, Sleeps 6
              Malibu - Three Bedroom Apartment, Sleeps 6

              Malibu - Three Bedroom Apartment, Sleeps 6

              39 Hely Hutchinson Avenue, Unit 4,, Underberg Complex, Cape Town, Western Cape (province)
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Camps Bay, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Table Mountain National Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Table Mountain and Camps Bay Beach. Kloof Street and Lions Head are also within 3 miles (5 km).

                Magic Camps Bay
                Magic Camps Bay

                Magic Camps Bay

                46 Hely Hutchinson Avenue, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Camps Bay, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Table Mountain National Park and Camps Bay Beach. Table Mountain and Kloof Street are also within 3 miles (5 km).