The world's cableways: Part 1

  • 26 November 2012

There's nothing quite like a cable car ride. It's thrilling, adventurous, scenic and memorable – a special occasion to share with loved ones. There are a number of exciting cableways out there to experience.

Here are a few from around the world that captured our attention...

The Sugarloaf cable cars in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Sugarloaf cableway. Image courtesy of swperman

This famous attraction offers visitors 360° views of Rio's gorgeous beaches and mountains. It has been taking visitors up Sugarloaf Mountain since 1912, and received a revamp in 1972. the cableway boasts two cable cars, each able to carry 65 passengers.

Tianmen Mountain Cableway in Zhangjiajie, China

Tianmen Mountain's cableway. Image courtesy of D'neXT

The Tianmen Mountain Cableway is thought to be the longest cableway in the world, covering a total length of 7 455 metres. It boasts 98 cars. Once visitors reach the top, they can explore mountain paths that extend for kilometres, some with sections of clear glass flooring – not for the faint-hearted!

The Aiguille du Midicable cable car in Chamonix Mont Blanc, France

Aiguille du Midi. Image courtesy of 1yen

Aiguille du Midi is the world's highest vertical ascent cable car, and offers visitors incredible views of the Alps and Europe's highest peak, Mont Blanc. Its first phase was completed in 1924, but the project was thought up as early as 1905!

Once you've added these to your bucket list, make sure you visit the cableway in your own back yard! The Harties Cableway is proud to call itself Africa's longest mono-cableway, and aims to offer its visitors a world-class experience they'll want to repeat.

Says Ivor Hoff, a recent visitor to the Harties Cableway: "This is such a new experience. I could almost compare it to a European experience. I’ve been up a couple of cableways overseas, in Brazil and Switzerland, and I would rate [the Harties Cableway] as being up there with them! The views are amazing."

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