Table Mountain Cableway.
Cape Town - The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company is celebrating its 88th birthday this week, with discount vouchers available in community newspapers.
The cable cars have been running up the mountain since 1929, taking Capetonians and tourists to great heights to see the best of the iconic natural landmark of the city.
Not only has the company been around for 88 years, but it's also the 20th anniversary for the current cable car model since it was introduced in 1997.
Here are some fun facts about the cars:
- Each car can transport up to 65 passengers.
- More than 800 people can go up the mountain every hour.
- The trip used to take 10 minutes, but now only takes 4-5 minutes.
- Similar cable cars are used at Titlis in Switzerland and Palm Springs in the US.
- Weighing 18 tonnes and attached to counter weights weighing 134 tonnes each, the cables for the cable cars are 1,2km in length.
- The cable car base is a water tank with a 3 000 litre capacity. This provides fresh drinking water for visitors, and is used as a ballast in windy conditions.
Check out the evolution of the cable cars below:
Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company
To celebrate their birthday, the Cableway Company is giving out discount vouchers through community newspapers. They started circulating the last week of September, but will be reprinted in the newspapers next week from 9 October. Bring a cut out of the voucher when buying cable car tickets in October and you'll get one adult and one child return ticket for a total of R150.
This is archive footage of the unveiling of their current model:
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