Paying for a cable car to the top will cost you around £15 which isn't a lot, but hiking up is free and gives you more time to enjoy the mountain and properly experience Cape Town from the sky.
You'll feel like a power ranger on the way up.
Not even kidding. Some of the rocks were the size of me with staples and ropes to help you climb so I actually felt like a little stealthy ninja being able to get to the top.
Its a bloody good workout.
Table Mountain is a lot higher than you'd think and hiking can be tough, so its a great workout. As I'm writing this two days post hike, my entire body is sore (especially my legs) so its almost like I spent an hour in a sweaty gym on leg day but with much better views.
On the way up you see views that you don't get from a cable car or from the top. Theres the little glimpses of the city through rocks or even sitting on overhanging rocks to enjoy the clouds rolling over the Cape Town. I actually preferred the views on the way up/down more than those from the top.
Sense of achievement.
This was the main thing that pushed me to keep going when I was exhausted. There is nothing better than getting to the top and realising you just climbed a bloody high mountain (3000ft to be precise).
I'll be honest, part of me wanted to go up in a cable car at first but I'm so glad tha we pushed through and hiked because being able to tell people I climbed Table Mountain is pretty cool. I'd whole heartedly recommend taking the trip if you visit Cape Town but definitely start after 2pm to avoid the midday heat - it also means you'll catch the sunset on the way down!
Have you been to Cape Town? I'd love some recommendations of what else I can/should do while I'm here. Theres another few posts coming but it doesn't hurt to add to our ever growing list.