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Celebrating 90 Glorious Years of Cape Town’s Cable Cars

And the world-famous ride shows no signs of slowing down

During a phenomenal near-century span, Cape Town’s iconic Cable Cars have captivated the likes of Nelson Mandela, Queen Elizabeth II, Michael Jackson, and Justin Bieber.  As this popular tourist attraction celebrates its 90th birthday this year, we take a look at its history and explain exactly why it needs to be on every traveller’s bucket-list.

The Journey to the Top

It’s hard to believe that the cable car took its earliest voyage up the slopes of Table Mountain on October 4th, 1929. Back then, the concept of visiting South Africa’s most beautiful natural landmark was both courageous and inspired; but how exactly did this idea come to life?

Discussions of a “rack railway” actually started in the 1870s. However, between then and around 1918, plans were continuously interrupted due to the Anglo-Boer War and the outbreak of World War One.

Finally, it was Norwegian engineer Trygve Stromsoe who proposed building a cableway to the Council and the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Co Ltd was officially registered in 1926.

Till present, the attraction itself has attracted more than 25 million visitors and is South Africa’s most photographed tourist spot.

A Ride to Remember

The 5-minute Cable Car trip to the top of Table Mountain takes visitors 1089 metres above Cape Town and offers panoramic views of the summit. The car itself is wheelchair accessible and makes up to 190 rides per day, weather permitting.

As the most sought-after experience in this sunny part of the world, the cableway experience has been voted one of the official New 7 Wonders of Nature and is in the running for the title of “World’s Leading Tourist Attraction” at the annual World Travel Awards.

It’s no surprise that the Cable Car has received such incontestable recognition. Travellers who reach the top of Table Mountain can not only enjoy the stunning scenery but look over a mountain that nurtures around 2,200 species of plants and 1470 floral species.

Hop-On and Hop-Off Around the Cable Cars

Cape Town’s beloved open-top red bus, also known as the Hop-On Hop-Off bus is the most popular way of visiting top attractions, at your leisure.

This friendly bus service can be caught from any one of over 30 clearly marked stops along 4 routes in Cape Town and takes travellers directly to the door of the Cableway Station.

So, you’ll want to keep your cameras and Instagram profiles at the ready, as it couldn’t be any easier to experience one of the New 7 Wonders of the World


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