Living on the Edge of Table Mountain
Dassies, or rock hyraxes, are often seen sunning themselves on the rocky outcrops at the top of Table Mountain. You might even see them nibbling on the branches close to the pathways of the park. One odd fact fact about these rodent-like animals is that their closest living relative is the elephant and not at all a rodent, as one might assume. They're pretty cute but don't get too close - they've got a pair of incisors that could hurt you if bitten.
By Marie Frei, AFAR Local Expert
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Tablecloth on the Mountain
This was one of the best highlights of our trip to Cape Town. We could not go the day before because of the windy conditions, so we postponed it for the next day. We are so glad that we did because when the cable car made it to the top, the clouds were thick and covered the mountain. This is know as the "table cloth". Walking through the clouds, seeing the unique flora, and enjoying the spectacular views of Cape Town from on top of the mountain is truly a "once in a lifetime" experience. The wait is not that long, and the line moves pretty quick. Bring a jacket though!
This day was breathtaking and one I won't forget. Myself and friends waited briefly in line for the the Ariel Tramway to transport us 15 minutes to what seemed like the top of the world. We visted Table Mountain, the magical backdrop and centerpiece of Capetown. Once at the top we were met with stunning views of the city, coast, skyline and nature. We followed the provided wooden foot paths and walkways circling the mountain top for hours, never bored by its beauty. I'd suggest dressing warm, the temperature does drop at the top. Keep in mind that you are one with the clouds. Before the return trip down, kill some time at the cafe, or take in the gift shop to grab your refridgerator magnet momento, just because you can.
Sunset view on a flat mountain
Absolutely my favorite place that I traveled to in South Africa. Took the cable car up Table Mountain for less than $8.00 roundtrip. Wandered for 3 hours until the sun set. Next time I'll be hiking up there :)
360 view, bring your wide angle lens.
I had to cancel my first trip due to high winds and weather. Weather is always tricky if you take the car. They canceled trips up the mountain the day I planned to go. So plan to get it out of the way in the AM. The car floor moves in a circle with an open window for you to catch some pics and get the full effect. If I had more time I would have totally LOVED to climb it. Get a great workout in.. But just did not have the 2 hours just to climb up... the view is worth the trip. There are some great spots where it's quiet where you can play with your camera to take the perfect shot!
Southern Africa Travel Tips - Table Mountain
While many cities around the world are famous for their city skyline, Cape Town’s skyline is made up of one particularly interesting feature, known as Table Mountain. The hill is absolutely breathtaking both on top and viewed from below. It is a piece of natural beauty that provides the backdrop for this beautiful city, and a great place to relax on a clear day. Presently there are laws protecting the hill, and even about how tall buildings are allowed to be around it, so the view of the hill is fairly un-obstructed There are really two different phases to Table Mountain, there is the hill you see on a clear day, and then there's the hill with a beautiful white cloud covering the top (known as the Table Cloth). If you're planning to visit Table Mountain, you can only go up when the Table Cloth is gone. Since the cloth is fairly unpredictable, it's a good idea to plan on going up as soon as possible, but have alternative plans in case you can't. The Table Mountain website has a weather report and Table Cloth warnings to help you plan your visit. Once you go up the hill, the views are spectacular, and the city and surrounding area can be enjoyed while strolling along well-maintained pathways. There are a few pathways that are a bit challenging, however most are very easy. As for viewing Table Mountain from the ground, there are thousands of options. One great spot to look and photograph the hill is in The Company Garden's, you can't sit and just watch the Table Cloth stream down the sides of the hill. For a wider view of Table Mountain, head down to the waterfront near the Cape Wheel ferris wheel.
5821 Tafelberg Rd, Table Mountain (Nature Reserve), Cape Town, South Africa
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