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Last updated: 10 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Richard Holmes

Thrill-seekers will love this unforgettable abseil – 360 feet (110m) off the summit of the world-famous Table Mountain. Behind you – heart-stopping views over the city and Atlantic coastline laid out below you.

Tours start at the top, so you take the cable car to the summit – or hike up. After your abseil, you’ll take scenic hike back to the summit on a lesser-known trail.

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Price from: £23
Minimum age: 10
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around
Duration: 1 hour

Getting there & doing it

The abseil site is a short walk from the Upper Cableway station, making it an ideal combination with a cableway ride up Table Mountain.

Park near (or taxi to) the lower station on Tafelberg Road and ride to the summit where the Abseil crew will show you the ropes. Cableway tickets are not included in abseiling price. Remember, sturdy shoes are essential.

When to do it

Tours runs daily, year-round, but it is strictly weather-dependent. It will not operate during winter cold fronts or when strong summer winds are blowing. If this is a must-do, book it early in your trip to allow for weather delays.

Our writer’s picks of the best places to stay near this experience, closest first

Kensington Place

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa[3 miles]

Stylish boutique gem at the base of Table Mountain; Cape Town’s coolest bolthole. 

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Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa[3.5 miles]

The ‘Nellie’ is the grande dame of Cape Town hotels and a much-loved local landmark, offering upscale dining and a plant-based spa.

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Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa[3.7 miles]

Central, romantic and boho-cool guesthouse, inspired by the decadence of Oscar Wilde.

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Vineyard Hotel

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa[4 miles]

A great value boutique hotel set amid expansive gardens in one of the city’s leafy suburbs, in the shadow of Table Mountain.

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Cape Town

Western Cape, South Africa

Vibrant, multicultural city with dramatic scenery, adrenaline adventure galore, Africa’s best art’s scene and golden beaches and outstanding gastronomy.

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Hike up Table Mountain

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa[0.9 miles]

Lace up your boots and tackle one of the myriad hiking trails going up to the summit of the iconic Table Mountain, a challenging but rewarding 2- to 3-hour scenic hike.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free | 2-3 hours

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Table Mountain

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa[1.4 miles]

The iconic flat-topped mountain – sometimes covered with ‘tablecloths’ of clouds – that towers over the beautiful coastal city of Cape Town. Cable car or hike to the top; cable car or abseil down.

Best for ages: 10+ | £18

Hike up the Lion’s Head

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa[3.7 miles]

A stunning 5.5km (3.4m) hike up the iconic Lion’s Head, for spectacular views of the Cape’s dramatic Atlantic coastline.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free | 2-4 hours

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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa[3.9 miles]

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Best for ages: 4+ | £10

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Join locals on ‘The Prom’ for a leisurely 5km seaside ramble, cycle or skate as you enjoy the city’s best sunset views. There are pavement cafes if you need a break, and play parks for kids.

Best for ages: 6+ | Free | 1-2 hours

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