If you are following me on Facebook or Instagram you have probably noticed I’m in South Africa at the moment! In Cape Town to be precise. I have spent 5 days so far in this gorgeous city and every day it surprises me with its beauties. On the first day I have visited Table Mountain and this is the experience I recommend to everyone! So here is my guide for a visit to this mountain overlooking Southafrica’s Mother City.
Let’s talk about the weather
The first nice and sunny day you get in this city – go straight up to the Table Mountain. It stretches at 1086 meters above the sea level so the weather up there is quite unstable. Most of the days I spend here there was fog and clouds covering the mountain. I know that because you can see this beauty from many corners of the city. And once you are up there, the wind is usually pretty strong.
How to get to the Table Mountain?
Besides the obvious choice of walking up (which takes approximately two hours they told me), you can catch a ride with the cable car. A return ticket costs you 255 ZAR (around 17€) with a possibility of some discounts, but in my opinion it is worth it. The surface of the cable care is moving so all the passengers get a 360 degrees view of the city and the mountain.
You can get to the lower cable car station with MyCity bus – take bus number 107 to the station Kloof Nek, walk around the corner and catch a free shuttle bus number 110 from Lower Tafelberg to Upper Tafelberg where the cable car station is. You can also go there with taxi, Uber or City Sightseeing Bus. But MyCity bus is by far the cheapest option.
You can also go to the Table Mountain with an organized group, for example with the Baz Bus’s free guided hike.
Up on the 7th Wonder of Nature
Table Mountain was named one of the new 7th Wonders of Nature in 2012. And the views you get once up on the mountain are really breathtaking! There are many very tidy and nicely marked paths leading around the mountain. (There are also two coffee shops up there and a wifi lounge.) My favourite views are the view over the Cape Peninsula, to the beach of Camps Bay and over the city of Cape Town itself. I recommend you to walk around the mountain and just admire all the views this walk offers! There are also free guided walks on the mountain, if you don’t want to walk alone.
The Table Mountain is a part of the Table Mountain National Park and is full of interesting flora and fauna. It is also a part of UNESCO Cape Floral Region World Heritage Site and I met with dassies and a lot of different birds while up there.