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Table Mountain & Robben Island tour

Highlights

  • Visit Table Mountain
  • Scenic drive to Camps Bay , Clifton & See Point
  • Signal hill (if time allows)
  • Visit V&W Waterfront
  • Board the Fairy to Robben Island

Table Mountain National Park

South Africa’s world-renowned icon, the beloved Table Mountain, was given National Park status in May 1998. The National Park, part of the Cape Floral Region World Heritage Site, stretches from Signal Hill to Cape Point and protects the staggering 2285 plant species in the relatively small 290km area – a greater variety than in all of the British Isles or New Zealand. There are a number of species found nowhere else in the world including the endangered Table Mountain Ghost Frog, the Table Mountain Beauty (butterfly) and the well know Silver tree. The Table Mountain range offers something for everyone – magnificent views, cable car rides, hiking, serious rock climbing, cross country running, fascinating botany, birding, geology, speleology and for the more adventurous abseiling and paragliding.

The Cableway

Originally envisioned in 1913 as a funicular railway, but delayed by the outbreak of the First World War, it opened on 4 October 1929. By 1959 the cableway had transported its millionth visitor and by the time it was closed for upgrading in January 1997 it had carried 11 million passengers. On 4th October1997 the new cableway was opened, exactly 68 years after its predecessor’s inception. The two ultra modern cable cars run simultaneously, each with a carrying capacity of 65 people, and can whiz 890 passengers up and down in an hour. The floor revolves a full 360 degrees during its five minute journey, offering views if the city, Camps bay, Lions Head and the mountain itself.

The cable car runs every day of the year, weather permitting.

09:00 – 18:00 Oct-March and 09:00 – 17:00 Apr-Sept

Robben Island

Named ‘Robbe Eiland’ meaning Seal Island by the Dutch it has become one of the most significant Historical sites in South Africa and was declared a World Heritage site on 1 January 1999. The island was first used by the Dutch East Indian Company (VOC) as a victual ling station and later it became an asylum and leper colony. Eventually it fell under the Army and Navy and, in 1960, under the Department of Correctional Services. The last political prisoners were released in 1991.

It gained notoriety as a goal for those considered dangerous to the old South African government. Many present day leaders were held here including, for more than two decades, former president Nelson Mandela, the islands most famous prisoner.

The island and its prison buildings bear a powerful testimony to its somber history and symbolize the triumph of the human spirit over oppression.

On 1 January 1997, the Robben Island Museum opened to the public. Daily tours to the island, the prison and museum leave from the Nelson Mandela gateway at the Waterfront

Ferries generally leave at 09:00, 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00 (depending on weather conditions)

From 590 per person

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