Table Mountain

According to industry bodies, Cape Town can expect an increase in visitor numbers over the December period compared to last year. To help beat some of the holiday rush and queues, the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company (TMACC) has launched early-access tickets, which allow visitors to take the first cable car up at 7.30am – before the site opens to the general public.

Limited tickets are only available for purchase online and are valid until 15 January 2020.

“For everyone visiting Table Mountain during this period, TMACC is providing an exciting entertainment and activity programme to get everyone in the holiday spirit,” says Wahida Parker, managing director of TMACC.

Local DJ, Hilton Carlse will keep visitors entertained at the Lower Station, accompanied by the Siyabuya Marimba band. Father Christmas and the Fairies will also sleigh up the mountain.

“Last-minute shoppers are able to purchase local products from our gift shop for Christmas and in the spirit of giving, we will also have twelve days of free giveaways on our social media platforms,” adds Parker.

What visitors can expect:

• There is high demand for parking during peak season, so visitors are encouraged to use public transport. This includes a free MyCiTi shuttle service operates along Lower Tafelberg Road, between Kloof Nek and the lower cable station.

• Tickets are reasonably priced between 1pm and 4pm when the cableway is generally quieter.

• The Wi-Fi lounge at the upper station on the mountain provides free Wi-Fi for visitors.

• Visitors wanting to learn more about Table Mountain can download free audio tours using their mobile phones.

• Free 30-minute guided walking tours are available between 9am and 3pm daily.

• Students with valid local or international student cards get a discount.

“It’s a good idea to pack a small bag with essential items such as water to stay hydrated in the summer heat and sunscreen or a hat for protection, as well as a jacket in case the weather turns,” concludes Parker.