July 11, 2014
5 Cool things to do at Table Mountain this winter
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
As a visitor to our fair city, you’ve probably been told if not once, then a million times, that you simply MUST visit Table Mountain, Cape Town’s wonder of nature. Sure, that’s relatively easy to do in the summer, but just what is there to do at this iconic attraction in winter? Oh, if you only knew…
From cool sightseeing to affordable family outings and over the top parties, our most recognisable site is the coolest place to be this season.
Grab your comfy, warm jackets and join me for the following cool things to do at Table Mountain this winter:
Weather permitting, the cable cars run daily from 08h30 to 18h00 and this gives you plenty of time to take in that magnificent 360 degree view of the Mother City.
Once on top, prepare to be astounded by the sheer magnitude of beautiful vistas – nothing beats watching a Capetonian sunset from the Twelve Apostles Terrace, the endless views of the Fairest Cape sprawled below or spotting one of 1 460 different species of plants and possible a Dassie or two.
Charge those camera phones – you’re going to want to take amazing photos!
Snuggling in style:
Let’s face it: there is nothing more romantic that snuggling with your beloved at a fireside and stargazing from the comfort of your tent. This chilly season, do it in style at the luxurious Orangekloof tented camp in the Table Mountain National Park.
For the nature and adventure lovers, the day-long hike along the Hoerikwaggo Trail from Table Mountain to the camp in the Constantia Nek Valley builds up quite the sweat and anticipation and is the ideal winter getaway for two.
Be the ultimate event host:
So, you’re visiting from out of town and you’re celebrating a special occasion but you’re stumped for the ultimate event destination? Did you know the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway offers private function venues for hire?
Jot down your dream guest list, create your creative invitation and let the Cableway team take care of the catering and other important details. For more information, click here.
Quality family time for less:
Travelling with your precious darlings and keen for an adventurous experience with a difference but watching your budget? Why not try the Cableway Kidz Season Special, which sees two kids riding the Cable Car for free, with every paying adult, each weekend, on public holidays and during the school holidays.
The fun-filled Kidz Season deal is a real treat for mini-adventurers who can collect treasure hunt maps from the Ticket Office, a sweet treat from the Shop at the Top and a Dassie Biscuit from the Table Mountain Café when they hand in the vouchers printed on the map.
The uber fun Kidz Season special runs until 31 October, 2014.
Scenic tours from above:
Love the views but keen to discover the little known facts about our impressive mountain? Don’t miss the hourly informative walking tours, lead by a trained tour guide, from 09h00 to 15h00.
Did you know? Table Mountain is wheel-chair friendly and provides a wheelchair route for handicapable explorers with special needs.
Ready to book your Table Mountain tickets, accommodation and function venue? Click here for assistance from our friendly Contact Centre team members.
FYI: The Mountain is chilling out between Monday 28 July 2014 and Sunday 10 August 2014 for maintenance.
Keen to see and do more in Cape Town on your next winter visit? We’ve got 100 marvellous things to do right here.