EXPLORE CAPE TOWN’S IDEAL ICONIC TABLE MOUNTAIN
Whether it is covered in a blanket of clouds or showing off against a brittle cloudless blue sky, Table Mountain is always stunning.
Cape Town locals are pretty fond of the mountain that looms over their city and with good reason! Table Mountain is domicile to the richest. It’s the smallest floral kingdom on earth, was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2011.
Table Mountain frames the northern ending of the Cape Fold Mountain range. It’s hard to visualize, but the mountain’s idiosyncratic flat top – a three-kilometer level plateau – was once the bottom of a valley!
The tablecloth of clouds that cause to flow over the mountain while the southeaster blows results from a smoking challenge between the devil and a retired sea captain called Jan van Hunks.
GETTING UP THE TABLE MOUNTAIN
The easiest choice for getting up the mountain is the cableway. Moreover, it has attracted a whopping 24 million visitors since it first opened in 1929. Notably revamped in 1997, the cable-cars now carry up to 65 passengers per tour. The mountain journey takes about five minutes, and the cars rotate through 360 degrees during the trip. Consequently, it gives you stunning views of the mountain below. The cableway doesn’t operate if the wind is too strong or the visibility too poor, so make sure in advance if the conditions seem unfavourable.
While the cableway is convenient and enjoyable, you’ll get a much richer experience by hiking up or down yourself. Platteklip Gorge, a famous gorge up the centre of the main table. It is one of the most admired routes up the mountain.
There are also longer routes to the Southern Suburbs; for example, Nursery Ravine and Skeleton Gorge equally start in the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden. From Skeleton Gorge, you can hike along Smuts Track to Maclear’s Beacon, which, at 1086 meters above sea level. It is the highest point on Table Mountain. From Constantia Nek, you can get a longer, milder walk up the jeep track to the dams at the mountain’s summit.
THINGS TO DO AT THE TOP
The cableway station at the top of the mountain has a curio shop, a shop wherever you can store up on snacks, and a restaurant. If you get the cableway up the mountain, but still desire to do a little walking, there are three effortless walks. These are the Dassie Walk, the Agama Walk, and the Klipspringer Walk. There are too free guided walks that depart – on the hour – from the Twelve Apostles Terrace. Be clear in your mind to take along your camera!
If you are climbing up the mountain, the five dams at the top make great picnic spots. If you head over to the Wood head Dam, you can even trip the quaint little Waterworks Museum. Subsequently, It built-in 1897. For the more audacious, there is the option to jump off a cliff (well, sort of) with Abseil Africa.
Hotels next to Table Mountain
- Pepper Club Hotel
- Taj Cape Town
- Cape Town Hollow