The Table Mountain Cableway will, on 4 October, be turning 90 years old and with that kind of prestige and history comes a lot of hard work and maintenance that goes unseen and often unnoticed.
The Cableway would not have been able to welcome its 28 millionth visitor this year without the great work of the people who ensure that you get to safely experience and enjoy the beauty from and of that grand, flat mountain.
The annual maintenance shutdown starts on Monday 8 July and will run through to Sunday 18 August 2019. The maintenance is a way of ensuring the safety and security of the millions of people that visit the attraction every year.
Wahida Parker, Cableway managing director has previously said that “Safety and security is paramount to us. To maintain the highest standards set for cable cars by the Swiss Governing Body for Cableways, we will be closing to the public in order to clean the ropes, run slack rope tests and measurement, do break and load testing, and cabin alignment checks.”
With the Cableway taking people to that most iconic of mountains soon to undergo its regular, annual maintenance soon and with Lion's Head closed for maintenance already, it may seem as if Cape Town's most scenic and famous hiking spots are increasingly inaccessible.
Not so. You still have hundreds of other hiking trails and routes to explore.
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So read on and see what 90 years of scenic Cableway trips in increasing levels of comfort and safety looks like in the 'then and now' photographs below.
If you want to head up before maintenance, here are a few key things to know:
- Purchase a ticket online from tablemountain.net: Online ticket holders can join the faster moving ticket holders’ queue to board the cable cars immediately. Non-ticket holders need to buy their tickets at the Lower Station Ticket Office before joining the ticket holders’ queue.
- Check the website or @TableMountainCa on Twitter and Facebook to find out if the Cableway is open, what queuing times are and what the weather conditions at the top are like.
- Park and ride: Uber in or park your car at the Lower Tafelberg Road parking lot and catch the free MyCiti shuttle up to the Lower Cableway Station. Shuttles depart every 20 minutes and operate from 07:00 until 19:00.
- Ticket prices: Return tickets cost R330 for adults, R165 for children ages 4 – 17 and R100 for South African Senior Citizens with a valid SA ID. The Friday Student Special sees students with a valid SA student card paying R150 return.
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