It’s hot summer in Cape Town, you’re looking for parking – and you can’t find one (on Table Mountain).
Kufanele upake kanjani lapho wonke umuntu ebonakala ehamba emgwaqweni njengezinkawu? Kulungile, ake sibone lapho ungapaka khona.
ITable Mountain iqinile, uqine kangangoba uzoba nesikhathi esinzima sokubona indawo yokupaka evulekile - yingakho senze lo mhlahlandlela.
Uzoyidinga - ngethembe lapho ngihlala ukuthi siqinisekile ukuthi uzoyidinga ehlobo, kukhona amathiphu.
Ake sibheke ukuthi singapaka kanjani kuTafelburg Road Road yaseTable Mountain, ngesikhathi sasehlobo lapho kunabantu abaningi kakhulu.
Thousands of people gather DAILY for Table Mountain cable car, that is why it’s essential to know where to put your vehicle.
Parking is available along the main Tafelburg Road without much room; it’s easy to mistaken this road for a car park!
Without finding the right parking space, you could take an additionalhour– better to find the impossible.
We’re here, so show the visitor that it IS possible to find parking along Table Mountain Road – and we’re going to show you how.
Follow these ten steps to find parking along Table Mountain. Starting with the most obvious one, time of day.
I am proceeding to the subtle but not so obvious one about the parking attendants – unofficial and official staff of the Aerial Cableway.
10 Izinyathelo ezihamba phambili zokuthola ukupaka kwentaba yetafula
#1 You’re late
Most people arrive late to Table Mountain; unsurprisingly, they are unable to find parking along Tafelburg Road.
Better to arrive early to find parking along Table Mountain Road. Arrive as early as 7:30 am to find better cable car spaces.
As soon as you arrive, look for the nearest available parking spot near the lower Aerial Cableway, there are no signs.
Once arrived, look out for the road markings to denote designated parking for visitors with the WHITE LINES.
#2 Wrong Space
Some things fit into unusual places, but cars do not fit inside the RED and YELLOW lines. Moreso tickets are issued.
Traffic police give tickets to visitors parking along with those prohibited lines, so watch out for the guys in blue sporting fake Raybans.
Aerial Cableway is compliant and complicit to complaints lodged by either visitors having their cars parked in or themselves.
So keep on the right side of the line and park along with the Table Mountain cable car where it is safe.
#3 Unsafe parking
Many complain about the lack of vigilance on the part of the community for CAR BREAK-INS. Watch out for number 3.
Hotspots for crime include Table Mountain, why? Because it’s an easy target. Criminals love to target cars with belongings.
Qhubeka ngokuphepha uphakamise ikhebula lemoto Nazo zonke izimpahla zakho, kufaka phakathi izikhwama zemali, Umazisi, namaselula.
Ukupaka okungaphephile kuyimizamo yomphakathi ehlose ukunciphisa inani lezehlakalo zobugebengu ezenzeka eTable Mountain Cape Town.
#4 Izindawo ezihamba phambili
Ngezansi kweTable Mountain kunenqwaba yezindawo zokupaka eduze nomnyango wePipe Track, qaphela - wamukelekile.
Ezinye izindawo zokupaka ezinikezela okuhle kakhulu ngokutholakala ngesikhathi sonyaka ophakeme ukungena ePlatteklip Gorge.
Uma kunjalo, imoto yekhebula imatasa, then try just before the taxi parking, even in front of the India Venster and ticket office entrance.
Noma kunjalo, if the cable car is working, then no luck, you just hit a wrong day, or you are too late. Try again tomorrow or wait a few minutes.
#5 Seasons differ
Winter is different from summer, and so on, keep to the seasons on Table Mountain that are off-peak – like winter.
The weather in winter is also good, no complaints and the days are perfect for Table Mountain without parking issues.
Now complain about Table Mountain’s parking, speaking of which, let’s ask the Cableway to invest in some proper shuttles.
Services from Cable Town, like City Sightseeing, offer transport in terms of their touring tickets services.
#6 Inefficient cars
One person per car for four people fitting inside a car can build up quickly on Table Mountain – invite some friends.
Families are right, there are no complaints more other than the SUV which parks nearly 1.5 spaces.
Remember to park on the lines when using a large vehicle. Cars are inefficient when compared to shuttle busses parking.
Tour vehicles have it easy; right outside the ticket sales office, there are parking spaces conveniently located for vans.
#7 Special assistance
Wheelchairs are permitted to enter the Cableway access zone, usually limited to drop-offs.
The round-about type intersection can handle only a few cars at a time – so move on when not being used.
Staff at the cable car will assure you to move on while the next vehicle steps in to deliver the guest or tour bus.
More parking is available! Stay tuned about how you can find secure parking to Table Mountain cable car.
#8 Conned sections
Bribery is rife in Cape Town; some call it the worst pandemic of the twenty-first century after COVID-19.
Illegal parking attendants working at the Table Mountain Cableway make use of conned sections.
At work, they “claim” these sections for their use and make use of illicit tactics to extort money from foreigners.
Most are gone thanks to the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway employing “legal” parking attendants – we disagree.
Looking can be a gift to the eye. See the parking space two cars away in that small section? That’s yours for the taking.
Be prepared to LOOK for Table Mountain cable car parking. There are one or two spaces that meet the eye.
Sightings of places that other people do not take are rare; they do happen, so prepared to deal with the unexpected.
If you do arrive to come across any parking space that does have your name on it – take it and worry later.
#10 Parking guards
They are not parking guards, and they will make your money. Do not leave any cash unattended in your car insight.
Most are “working” for the Table Mountain Cableway, and some do not even have credentials.
Others borrow a FAKE jacket to work at the Cableway so that they can watch out for your car while looking for money.
They do help but ever so often, which is not that much – a parking attendant may help you to find parking.