Table Mountain National Park and Cable Way
“During the many years of incarceration on Robben Island, we often looked across Table Mountain at its magnificent silhouette… To us on Robben Island, Table Mountain was a beacon of hope. It represented the mainland to which we knew we would one day return.”
– Nelson Mandela
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Table Mountain is one of 28 finalists in the International New7Wonders of Nature competition. Show your support and vote for Table Mountain.
The special cabling used for the Cableway is Swiss-made, high-tech, full-lock coil, designed to keep moisture out while retaining internal lubrication.
There are actually two cable cars, which counterbalance each other – as one goes up, the other comes down. They cannot operate independently of each other.
A siren sounds to announce the imminent closure of the top station as a result of high winds approaching.
Lions and leopards once roamed wild on Table Mountain.
The last lion was sighted on Table Mountain in 1802.
It took nearly 40 years of discussion and planning, plus interruptions by two wars, before the first Table Mountain Cableway opened for business on October 4, 1929.
Although it resembles a small rabbit, the dassie (rock hyrax) is actually most closely related to the elephant. Their evolutionary relationship is based on similarities in their feet and teeth.
The cable cars take visitors 704m, from the lower station at 363m above sea level, to the upper station, at 1067m above sea level.
Dassies’ soles are kept moist by special glands. They are able to climb smooth cliffs using their feet as suction pads.
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