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Table Mountain

Hike Table Mounntain
It's a must-do, but wear comfortable shoes, bring bottles of water, and pack sunscreen. We finished climbing to the top in an hour and a half, thankful that they've made it easy for the non-experienced hikers with a rugged-rock staircase from start to finish. However, that does not mean that it wasn't challenging but the views as you rise in elevation are worth the effort. Reaching the top, we treated ourselves to a carb-heavy meal at the Table-Mountain Cafe and a air-conditioned cable car ride down the mountain.

Peak Attraction
Cape Town's Table Mountain National Park, which hugs the perimeter of the city, is so popular that the line for the cable car to the top can be longer than a queue for a Disneyland ride. But why stand in line when you can put your feet to use? There are several routes that lead to the top of the 3,562-foot, flat-topped mountain, including the two-mile Platteklip Gorge trail. Yes, it's steep, but startling views of the city and the Atlantic await. Trek, get hungry, then picnic on local provisions—crackers, Dutch-style Gouda, and biltong, the thick-sliced South African jerky—before riding the cable car back down. —by Andrew Richdale This appeared in the March/April 2017 issue.

Take a Cable Car to one of the World's Seven Wonders
Table Mountain is one of those rare super touristy experiences that is absolutely worth it. The mountain range, which hugs the city, is open to the public via a cable car (book online to avoid lines). From the top, you can hike about a mile of trails along the peaks with epic views of the surrounding areas.

New Year's Eve on Table Mountain
Table Mountain is not only a must-see Cape Town attraction and one of the best places to watch the sunset in the city, it's also a very unique place to spend New Year's Eve. The rotating cable car whisks you up to the flat top of the mountain where a small restaurant and visitor shop are located. After bidding farewell to the final sunset of the year, the temperatures drop. Find a nook on the rocky, "city bowl" side of the park and watch the city lights begin to twinkle. At midnight, everyone on the mountain joins in a countdown, culminating with the tiniest of fireworks bursting over the V&A Waterfront and around the suburbs sprawling in front of you. Huddling under fleece blankets while sipping bubbly on top of a mountain makes for an incredibly 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. The cable car station is a very long walk to/from the city, with no shoulder in parts, so walking this route at night is not recommended.

From the Cableway
I'd gone up Table Mountain only to get completely engulfed by the cloud coming in over the top. This cloud cover is also known as the Table Cloth. With the view ruined, I was forced to make my way down and was presented with a lovely view of Signal Hill and Lion's Head. In this photo Lion's head is the big peak on the left and Signal Hill is on the right

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.

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