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The India Venster hiking trail gets its name from the shape of the India Ravine situated between two large rocks which are shaped like the Indian subcontinent. The hike starts at the lower cableway station and head right up Table Mountain before reaching the contour path. From here the trail gradual ascent a gully and veers left below the rock amphitheatre. As we approach the east side of this amphitheatre the trail become steeper with some scrambling. Staples and chains have been engineered along the way that renders the climb more user friendly and safer. Past this section of the climb the trail wanders up to "The Ledge" there is often a cooling breeze here and it is often a good time to enjoy the view overlooking Camps Bay and the Atlantic ocean. As one rounds the next corner the path rises steeply to a higher ledge below massive overhangs and head away from the sea. Now into a shady ravine, it can be cold and windy at times. The top of Table Mountain is 10mn away from here, well done!
At the beginning of the twentieth century, plans for a railway up the front of Table Mountain and a funicular up Platteklip Gorge were bandied about but nothing was ever decided.
The cableway was eventually opened on 4 October 1929. In 1958 the original cable cars were changed for "modern" ones, then in 1967 and again in 1974 and was able to carry up to 28 passengers at a time. Today's the new cable car carry up to 65 passengers and take less than 3 minutes from base to summit. The Aerial Cableway Company is responsible for putting thousands of people on top of Table Mountain every year, which makes it statistically one of the top tourist destinations in Africa.
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