The Table Mountain Cableway has started operating a limited service for hikers who have gone up the mountain and want an alternative to get down.

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Photo: Table Mountain Cableway.

“Due to the influx of hikers on Table Mountain and the risks to hikers given the rapidly changing weather, the Cableway will open as a service to hikers from the top station only to enable hikers to descend the mountain safely,” Table Mountain Cableway said on its website.

Lion’s Head has been closed for some months, after the fire earlier this year, and many hikers have switched to Table Mountain.

Strict health protocols are being followed, the cableway company said. The cable car will run every 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the number of people. The capacity, which is usually 65, will be 25. Masks, which have to be worn on the cable car, are on sale at the shop.

After your walk up #TableMountain, we’ll bring you down in our cable cars,” it said in a tweet today. “Tickets can be bought at the Wi-Fi Lounge. More information about the service here: