Table Mountain is not only a must-see Cape Town attraction and my favorite place to watch the sunset, it's also one of the most unique places to spend New Year's Eve.
The rotating cable car whisked us up to the flat top of the mountain, where a small restaurant and warm visitor shop are located. The shop even stocks bubbly, but we came prepared. After bidding farewell to the final sunset of the year, the temperatures dropped.
We found a nook on the rocky, city bowl side and watched the city lights begin to twinkle. The hours dragged, but with drinks and good friends, it was a great time. At midnight, everyone on the mountain joined in a countdown, culminating with the tiniest of fireworks bursting over the V&A Waterfront and around the suburbs sprawling in front of us. Huddling under fleece blankets and donning our winter hats, it is my most memorable New Year's Eve.
Cable car tickets in the summer are half-price after 6pm. Drive yourself or pre-book a cab on New Year's Eve to pick you up. I'm speaking from personal experience when I say that 2am, every single cab in Cape Town is busy and you will be stuck! The cable car station is a very long walk to/from the city, and I don't recommend it during the day let alone at night. We begged the one and only cab driver picking up another couple to come back for us too, and thankfully he did (for a fortune, of course!)
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King of The World
While on tour to South Africa, we visited Cape Town and Table Mountain. It happened to be a rather large group, so we were only given a limited amount of time on the mountain in order to visit all the sights on the itinerary. After getting out of the cable car, I was walking around, trying to be quick about taking in the sights and happened to look up and spotted this scene.