Saturday, 22 November 2008

Table Mountain by Cable Car - A family Activity

Photo Credit: Sally Newell from Flickr.com

I recently had the opportunity to go up Table Mountain again. Having not been up for a long time, I was pleasantly surprised at the whole experience.

As we were coming from Somerset West, some 30km away, we were unsure what the weather and queues were going to be like, so I quickly called up the Table Mountain Aerial Cable Way site. On it were links to the current weather as well as two live webcams - one for the lower and one for the upper Cable Station.

From previous experience, I kind of expected to park a long way from the lower Cable Station and have a long hike to the ticket office. Not so - we managed to park within 100m of the Ticket Office and had our tickets in a snap. I took particular note that they offered a Family ticket (2 Adults and 2 Children), for under R400. Whilst this is still a fair amount of money, it did offer a substantial discount off the normal price.

The trip up was quick and everybody got to see a full panoramic view, as the Cable Car has a rotating floor. Once on Table Mountain, we had an hour's walk on the top. The route was well marked and although there were a lot of people on top, it did not feel crowded. For those of you who favour the more extreme Adventure Experiences, there are a number of alternative ways to come down the mountain.

Firstly, Abseil Africa offer abseiling down the Western side of Table Mountain. Alternatively, you can hike down the many designated routes (preferably with someone that knows the Mountain - it can be extremely dangerous when the weather closes in), or you can Paraglide down. I must say the latter would be my choice!!

The weather was superb on the day we went up and we were particularly fortunate to see the start of the second leg of the Volvo Round-the-World Yacht race. This is definitely a must do activity for both Local and International Adventure Tourists.

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