This majestic sandstone mountain is undoubtedly Cape Town's most well known and well loved landmark. Its flat "table top" str... More
This majestic sandstone mountain is undoubtedly Cape Town's most well known and well loved landmark. Its flat "table top" stretches for three kilometers and is flanked by Devil's Peak on one side and Lion's Head on the other. When a south-easterly wind blows, the top is obscured by a large white tablecloth of cloud that pours over the steep northern face. The Table Mountain Reserve is home to an impressive range of indigenous flora, including many endemic species. The mountain is a treat for hikers, climbers and amblers with over 550 well-established paths. Be well prepared when setting out on a hike since the mountain is known for her mood swings and the weather can change dramatically in a short space of time. For the less energetic there is the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway which does a single rotation on the five-minute ascent/descent giving passengers a panoramic view. At the summit cable station is a restaurant, souvenir shop and viewing platforms where you can see fat, furry das sies (rock rabbits) lazing in the sun.
Definitely a highlight of Cape Town, especially if co-ordinated with a walk from Table Mountain. Amazing variety of plants and very relaxing palce to spend a few hours. If you are there Nov through Feb be sure to catch the evening concerts, variety of music is on every weekend. Absolutely amazing to take a picnic from Woolworths, nice bottle of wine or couple of beers and relax on the lawn. If you there at Xmas, Carols by Candlelight is absolutely fantastic place for a festive singsong.
(1) Don't wait to get up the mountain on a certain day. Do it when the weather is good, the wind could change and the whole thing could be covered with the famous 'tablecloth' cloud for the rest of your holiday. (2) Any time of day is good, dawn, day, dusk, night ... take your pick!
Visited my son who was attending film school and found that the people in the market places, fleas markets, stores, restaurants and all the public places like the aquarium, were super friendly and helpful. Their smiling faces made me feel really welcomed and I really miss them as well as the great weather, fine dining and the terrific sight from on top of Table Mountain. It is the best part of South Africa and thank you all for a fantastic time.
Standing on top of table mountain, you can see all of Cape town and out into the ocean. On a especially clear day you can see for miles around in all directions. It is a singular experience to be on top of Table Mountain and watch a cloud back sweep out off the ocean, across table mountain while you are standing there and back out over the ocean. Just a quick cable car ride up the mountain!
My daughter & I climbed it ! go early in the morning, drive past the cable car entrance, free parking at the trail head, you can't miss it! can be cool,as wind passes over the top, so check forecast! Even if it was hot the day before! take a wind breaker!! have a picnic on lions head!