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Unread postby restio » Thu May 03, 2007 5:57 pm

Thanks for the lovely pix, Josh W!
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Unread postby Toddelelfe » Fri May 04, 2007 10:18 am

restio wrote:Thanks for the lovely pix, Josh W!

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Re: Gifkommetjie

Unread postby janetcapeT » Mon Oct 29, 2007 6:52 pm

Do you know of the 3 day hike from cape town to the cape of good hope. we'd love to do it when we are there in december.


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It's at the western coast of Table Mountain NP - Cape of Good Hoop section, more specifically Gifkommetjie. It's a beautiful place, sees few visitors (most people rush to cape point, take in the view for a second, rush to the cape of good hope, take in the view for a second and rush back to either Boulders beach or Chapman's Peak, depending on how they started the day :roll: ) and you can do some fantastic hikes from the parking space!

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Unread postby sallyanna » Sun Jun 29, 2008 5:38 am

hi everyone, this may sound like a stupid question but i was wondering how to access table mountain when the cable car in out of action? we are in cape town 27th - 30th july this year and have just seen on the cable car website that the cable car will be closed for maintenance on these dates. :shock:
is there another way to get to the top of table mountain where the cable car would have brought us?
having never been to cape town before we dont want to miss out on the scenery from the top, any info greatly appreciated :redface:
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Unread postby graemy » Sun Jun 29, 2008 10:17 am

Hi there!
Have look at this climbing table mountain

When we were there in may, we chose to walk down. (the cable car was operational) This was quite a long and strenuous endeavour. We are quite young (33 and 43 ) but not particularly fit. It took us almost 4 hours to go down the quite steep steps from upper station to lower station and we arrived exhausted. If you go from the upper station to the road below and then along the road to the lower station (car park) it is probably quite a bit shorter in time.
You would have to go up and down on foot since the cable car is not operating. Unless you are very fit, I not sure this is advisable. That is a lot of hiking on one day and quite steep!!!!!
Maybe other forumites have done this and can advise better.
Technically you can go up and on foot, no problem, but if you are not regular hikers you will be absolutely exhausted and may regret it very much. Just going by foot in one direction (up or down) is a great compromise but you don't unfortunately have that option.
Maybe you could do Signal Hill or Lion's Head instead.
Anyway have fun and tell us how your trip went!
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Unread postby sallyanna » Sun Jun 29, 2008 4:46 pm

thanks for your reply, i am extremely upset that we wont be able to take the cable car up, we have been looking forward to table mountain for so long but i dont think we are fit enough to do the hike in the limited time that we have.
we only have a few days in capetown and our flights and accomodation cannot be changed at this point. :roll:
table mountain was to be one of the highlights of our trip.
we are going on a trip to cape point (including stop off at boulders) but really wanted to see the veiw of the city from table mountain. :cry:
does anyone know of a different place that offers such veiwing of the city ?
we wont be driving in capetown so fingers crossed we can find somewhere to take in the veiws that is easily accesible by public transport.
thanks for all your help.
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Unread postby JDW » Sun Jun 29, 2008 7:28 pm

Sallyanna
Have you considered a helicopter ride.
They start and finish at the V&A Waterfront.
There are different flights or varying length. I think they all fly over Table Mountain giving you a fantastic view.
They are not cheap but without doubt worth doing particularly as the cablle cars are not running.
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Unread postby graemy » Sun Jun 29, 2008 8:54 pm

TRy not to be too upset! These things happen :(
Maybe as I said, Signal Hill can give you great views too. Haven't been up. Try to find prices for helicopter rides on internet as suggested by JDW.
If nothing else works out then you could maybe hike up a short way of Table Mountain (for free) ... go up for about twenty minutes to the first flat level and then walk along the flat for a while and come back the same way. This would not be anywhere near the top, but still provides for excellent views over the city and the bay. :lol:
If you do decide to do this then go to the right of the carpark (on the right of the shop at the cable ticket booth), then head up a small path for about 20-30 mns till you get to a fork. Left will take you along the front of the mountain; right will take around the mountain on the right side. At least you will be in the fresh air, will enjoy the views, will be able to turn back the same way as soon as you feel tired; AND you will be able to say you have been on Table Mountain! :lol: :lol:
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Unread postby KampRunner » Fri Jul 04, 2008 12:27 am

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Take a trip up Signal HIll - the view is awesome.
Ive just been up - a few weeks ago- after many many years (>20) and found it fantastic. There are trails leading from the picnic area/parking area (middle pic) that will give you almost 360 degree view. Check out the Hop on Hop Off bus trip - it might take you to Signal Hill otherwise take a taxi and then walk down.
Have a great time.

Sallyanna I had a quick look the Bus does not go up Signal Hill :cry:
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Unread postby gfordyce » Fri Jul 04, 2008 12:45 am

[Take a trip up Signal HIll - the view is awesome.
Ive just been up -

You have made me feel sooo.. homesick! Beautiful pix.
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Unread postby KampRunner » Fri Jul 04, 2008 7:51 am

Thanks gfordyce :)
I was showing a friend around (first time in SA) and decided to do Signal Hill instead as the cablecar was closed due to strong winds...I'm very glad we did.
I wish we could have done some of the walks but there will be a next time. :)

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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Jul 04, 2008 7:58 am

If you are reasonably fit, there is also the walk/climb up Lions Head. It is awesome and uses up enough calories to eat a double San Marco's ice cream afterwards without guilt :wink:

The view is spectacular. It took us about 1 and a half hours to get up at a leisurely pace and about three quarters of an hour to climb down.

It is, however, not for anyone afraid of heights.
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Table Mountain's Cableway update

Unread postby MelanieG » Thu Jun 25, 2009 9:16 am

Table Mountain's Cableway update

The Cableway will be closed for annual maintenance from 20 July to 16 August and will reopen for business on 17 August 2009 if weather permits.

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Re: Table Mountain NP: INFO

Unread postby Mant » Fri Aug 14, 2009 2:55 pm

Hi Melanie,

Do you perhaps know what the cost is to go up in the cable car for December? :)

Thanks,

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Re: Table Mountain NP: INFO

Unread postby ribuck » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:50 pm

Hi Mant,

The rates are here:
http://tablemountain.net/general_conten ... rates.html

For December 2009, it will cost R160 return or R85 one-way. For children under 18 it is R80/R45.

There is a 20% discount for Wild Card Holders, but according to that page the discount only applies until 30 September 2009.

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