Advantages Fantastic Views, Safe, Reliable
Disadvantages Not ideal for someone scared of heights
|Is it worth visiting?|
My two favourite places in the whole wide world are Cape Town and Orlando mainly because they hold some fantastic memories, and as I am catching up on all of my reviews that I have been meaning to write I came across this one begging to be written.Firstly I should explain about Table Mountain, for those of you not familiar with this breathtaking landmark.
The best views of Cape Town can be seen from the summit of Table Mountain with over 2km of pathways you can really experience this amazing place which is 1067 metres above sea level, the highest point is 1085m.The Cable card ride is the quickest and easiest way to reach the summit taking between 5-10 minutes traveling at approximately 10 meters per second.
The Cableway was built on 4 October 1929 and since then has received 3 upgrades to ensure its safety.The Cablecars take a capacity of 65 people, and the floor slowly rotates to give you a panoramic view as you ascend.
Adult - Return: South African Rand 120.00 which is approximately £8.25, there are discounted prices for Senior citizens and children ranging from between £4-6 (R65-85)
This is a reasonable price as you can get some amazing shots whilst ascending the mountain and also once you are at the summit.
When you plan your visit to Table Mountain it is vital that you plan your trip well, ensure that you check out the website to view if the cable car is running and what visibility is like at the summit to make it worth your while.I was a little anxious of completing the Cable car ride after watching a scene in a James Bond movie witnessing Jaws chew through the cables with his metal teeth and since then I have been terrified of them, however the option I was faced with was getting on the cable car or hiking up the mountain alone not something I would advise anyone to do.
As we accessed the Cable car from the platform we were all packed in, but not too tightly there was plenty of room to turn if needed however, once in we were able to face towards the front and get a great view rather than being jammed in the middle of the ride so either get on first or last.As we began our ascent the floor moved slowly, it was barely noticeable but allowed us to really admire the view as we climbed to the top, it was amazing and I was already trying to forget that what comes up must also come down, but I was feeling brave, the cable car had barely any movement so I was glad it was not a particularly windy day.
Coming down on the cable car was not as daunting as I thought it moved just as slowly and was safer than riding in my car!A thouroughly enjoyable experience that didn't cost a vast amount and a must see on a visit to Cape Town.Bus
Minibus taxis depart from outside the Post Office on Plein Street next to the Grand Parade.
The Cape Explorer Topless Bus offers guided tours that drop off at the Lower Cable Station. The 2 hour long tours are on a circular route and drop off points include: Cape Town Tourism, The Cableway, Camps Bay and the V&A Waterfront Clock Tower, Convention Centre, S.A. Museum, Castle and Sea Point. For more information please check their website on http://www.hyltonross.co.za/ (Topless Tours)
The cable cars have a water tank that carry 4000 litres of fresh water which keeps it well balanced; this is also a supply for fresh water for visitors during the brief ride.
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