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Table Mountain
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Table Mountain which includes landscape views and mountains

One of the world’s oldest mountains creates an iconic backdrop to the Cape Town skyline. Climb to the summit for breathtaking views of the surrounding coast.

When you reach the top of Table Mountain, take a deep lungful of the crisp, mountain air more than 3,500 feet (1 kilometer) above sea level. Cast your eye out across Table Bay, with Cape Town and its curving coast stretching into the distance. The view is one of the most spectacular in the whole of Africa. Do note though that it can be considerably cooler at the summit.

Most people take the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway to the top. These leave every 10 to 15 minutes from Tafelberg Road. Watch as the scenery becomes ever more spectacular during your five-minute ascent, with the cable car’s rotating floors allowing everyone to get a panoramic view.

For those who like a challenge, there are several hiking trails to the summit. Platteklip Gorge and the Kasteelspoort tracks are two of the most popular routes. Both walks take around four to five hours. Keen hikers might want to tackle the Hoerikwaggo trails, a series of hikes around the national park that take from two to six days.

Once at the top, around 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) of well-signed trails guide you to the most spectacular viewing points on the 2-mile (3-kilometer) plateau. Free guided tours depart twice a day from the upper cable station.

Take in the views while enjoying a meal from one of the cafés at the top. Or, buy snacks at the lower cable car station and take them to the top for a picnic.

The lower cable car station on Tafelberg Road is about 15 minutes’ drive from the center of Cape Town and there is free parking along Tafelberg Road. Public buses run from the city center to Kloof Nek and from there it’s about a mile walk (1.5-kilometer) walk uphill to the lower cable car station.

Note that the cable car does not run in poor weather conditions. If you’re unsure, check on the website before departing. Poor weather aside, the cable car runs throughout the year, with longer hours during the summer. Some of the hiking trails will allow you to get to the top without any charge.

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Hyatt Regency Cape Town
Hyatt Regency Cape Town
5 out of 5
BUITENGRACHT STREET, CAPE TOWN CITY, CENTRE, 126, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is $77 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located near the airport, within a 5-minute walk of Bo Kaap Museum and Long Street. Kloof Street and Cape Town International ...
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"The staff is very supportive and kind. Also, the hotel is located close to the downtown"

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Kloof Street Hotel
Kloof Street Hotel
4 out of 5
49 Kloof St, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is $61 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
Located in Cape Town City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kloof Street and Long Street. Castle of Good Hope and Cape Town International Convention ...
5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
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"It's a lovely stay at Kloof Street Hotel. My room had enough space and it was very quiet. The staff is very kind and helpful, I will definitely come back again."

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Atlanticview Cape Town Boutique Hotel
Atlanticview Cape Town Boutique Hotel
5 out of 5
31 Francolin Rd, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
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Located in Camps Bay, this luxury hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Table Mountain National Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Table Mountain and Camps Bay Beach. Kloof ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (86 reviews)
"One of the most Amazing Places Ever. The owner were the Best and very accommodating."

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2021

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Hyatt Regency Cape Town
Hyatt Regency Cape Town
5 out of 5
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The price is $77 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
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4 out of 5
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The price is $61 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
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Atlanticview Cape Town Boutique Hotel
Atlanticview Cape Town Boutique Hotel
5 out of 5
31 Francolin Rd, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
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Mount Nelson, A Belmond Hotel, Cape Town
Mount Nelson, A Belmond Hotel, Cape Town
5 out of 5
76 Orange Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is $279 per night from May 15 to May 16
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Magic Camps Bay
Magic Camps Bay
4 out of 5
46 Hely Hutchinson Avenue, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
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Guest House Michelitsch
Guest House Michelitsch
3 out of 5
41 Hely Hutchinson Ave, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
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50 On Hely Villa
50 On Hely Villa
4 out of 5
50 Hely Hutchinson Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
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The Cape Bali
The Cape Bali
5 out of 5
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The price is $425 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
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