Table Mountain the Iconic mountain in Cape Town
Cape Towns table mountain is the famous mountain that overlooks the city east of Cape Town. It is an unadulterated landmark, because you can really see the characteristic flat mountain all over the city. The Mountain is 1084 meters high and about 3 kilometers wide, and an ascent is one of the highlights of your visit to Cape Town.
Table Mountain is part of the larger Table Mountain National Park, which stretches from Signal Hill to Cape Point. The varied landscape is the ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts: you can not only walk there, but also abseil, climb, mountain biking and paragliding.
There are countless routes to the top of the mountain and your Cape Town experience is not complete without having conquered this impressive mountain. The easiest and shortest route up is called Platteklip Gorge and is suitable for anyone with an average condition. Along this three-kilometre trail you have countless beautiful viewpoints and spots where you can rest at your leisure. On a clear day you can look incredibly far, but make sure you are a little early to avoid the heat of the day. It takes about two hours before you get upstairs and the route starts at the cable car station.
At least as beautiful, but just a little heavier is Skeleton Gorge. This route starts at the botanical gardens and then leads past waterfalls and beautiful rock falls. In some places you have to climb up with a wooden ladder, so not suitable for climbers with fear of heights. The road up takes about 3 to 4 hours.
If you are not particularly good or just do not feel like climbing the mountain (or descending), you’ll be happy to let the cable car take you upstairs. Within five minutes you’ll be hoisted up, and along the way you’ll have plenty of beautiful views of Cape Town and surroundings. In high season, the cable car goes up every 10 minutes, every 20 minutes in the off-season. With bad weather, the cable car is closed.
Table Mountain Climbing
Is not walking on Table Mountain exciting enough? You can also conquer the mountain with your hands and feet and go up the mountain climbing. The steep cliffs and phenomenal views make this one of the most beautiful climbing locations in the world. There are several organizations that offer climbing excursions, suitable for both novice and experienced climbers.
Abseiling Table Mountain
Once upstairs, of course, you must go down again. Those who have had enough of walking just take the cable car, but the real adrenaline junkies do that by abseiling. Lower yourself down a tightrope into the dizzying depth. A lot more exciting than when you descend on foot and you are also a lot faster down.
Like a bird flying over Cape Town and Table Mountain from high altitude? Go paragliding! Together with an instructor, you’ll jump into the depths from a high rock. The run-up is the scariest, but as soon as the ground beneath your feet disappears, it’s quickly forgotten. Soar over Cape Town and watch Table Mountain from a distance in the sky.
Cape de Goede Hoop & Cape Point
Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point mark the southernmost tip of the Cape Peninsula and the end of Table Mountain National Park. You can visit the Good Hope because of the wild nature, the beautiful sea views and the old lighthouse. You will take beautiful walks through unspoilt nature and along the beach you will find enough beautiful spots for a braai. A trip to the Cape of Good Hope is part of any visit to Cape Town.
Please note, not to be confused with the southernmost tip of Africa, because that is a little further away at Cape Agulhas.
Lion’s Head is found in the northern part of Table Mountain National Park. Lion’s Head is the name of the iconic rock that is a bit like a lion’s head from a distance. The nice thing is that you can also climb this rock and from the top you have 360 degree views over table mountain, Camps Bay, Robben Island and the Ocean. The climb up is a big one: take into account an hour to an hour and a half up, and the path sometimes goes up very steeply without being held to anything. Sturdy shoes are therefore not an unnecessary luxury. Once it is highly recommended to keep waiting until the sunset, because you can watch it very well from here.
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