Table Mountain Aerial Cableway in Cape Town

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Table Mountain

Top choice in Cape Town

Around 600 million years old, and a canvas painted with the rich diversity of the Cape floral kingdom, Table Mountain is truly iconic. You can admire the showstopper of Table Mountain National Park and one of the 'New 7 Wonders of Nature' ( from multiple angles, but you really can’t say you’ve visited Cape Town until you’ve stood on top of it.

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1. Table Mountain National Park

0.55 MILES

Stretching from Signal Hill to Cape Point, this 220-sq-km park is a natural wonder, its range of environments including granite and sandstone mountains,…

2. Twelve Apostles

0.99 MILES

The name of the Twelve Apostles is said to have been coined by British governor Sir Rufane Donkin in 1820. There are actually well over 12 buttresses on…

3. Waterworks Museum

1.18 MILES

Inside this small building at the northern corner of the Hely-Hutchinson Reservoir on Table Mountain's Back Table, various bits of machinery used to build…

4. Homestead Park

1.28 MILES

This municipal park occupies a tiny part of the historic 'Oranje Zicht' – the original farm that was established in the Upper Table Valley in 1709. There…

5. Oranjezicht City Farm

1.34 MILES

Local residents and volunteers have created this fantastic nonprofit venture on land where, in 1709, 'Oranje Zigt', the original farm in the Upper Table…

6. Leeuwenhof

1.45 MILES

This estate is the official residence of the Premier of the Western Cape. It is not generally open to the public.

7. Royal View

1.53 MILES

This pair of golden thrones, a sculpture by Greg Benetar, faces inland from Camps Bay Beach, providing a view of the Twelve Apostles. It's one of the…

8. De Waal Park

1.53 MILES

This leafy park, named in honour of former Cape Town mayor Christiaan de Waal, is much patronised by local dog owners. Between December and early April…