Dramatic Viewpoint Not for the Faint of Heart
If you suffer from acrophobia or vertigo, you may have a problem riding the Table Mountain Cableway shown in this spectacular fridge magnet photo from Worldwide Gifts. Visitors to South Africa are thrilled by the amazing view offered at the summit of Table Mountain, and those who have an adventurous spirit will truly enjoy riding the cable car that soars 302 meters above sea level. Passengers get an incredible 360 degree view as the car actually turns in a slow circle during its ascent to the plateau.
From the Table Mountain Cableway, one can see miles in every direction, including vistas of nearby Cape Town, up and down the Atlantic seaboard, the waters of Table Bay and Robben Island, and the two peaks on either side of Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and Devil’s Peak. The ride on the Table Mountain Cableway is an unforgettable experience, but it’s not the only route to the summit.
Prefer Walking to Floating on Air?
There are plenty of visitors to Table Mountain National Park that decide to take a different avenue to reach the plateau atop the famous mount, so don’t feel like a fraidy-cat if you choose to hike one of the many trails leading to the summit. You can begin your journey with a visit to the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens where one of the trailheads is located.
After strolling through the exotic gardens, you can take along a picnic lunch and hike through Skeleton Gorge and Nursery Ravine for a three hour trip to Table Mountain plateau. Another trail offering a more direct route also provides a more difficult ascent, the trail through Platteklip Gorge. You have quite a few choices as to which route you wish to hike to reach the top, but whichever method you select you’ll still be rewarded with one of the most incredible panoramic views on earth.