What a trip to Table Mountain!
Going up Table Mountain is a must (and coming back down). Yes it will cost you more than the average outing at R255 per person, but the view is incredible. Alternatively it is free to hike up and down. Having said that, if you want to see the sunset, then you can even buy a single trip in the cable car. Either hike up and ride down or ride up and hike down. If you are crazy fit then obviously you can do both! Well done to you if you have hiked up and down.
The whole experience is something. Firstly you wait for the cable car and eagerly talk about where you will stand so to get the perfect view. Spoiler. The cable car spins! Thats right, no bias here in regards to your view! No matter where you stand you will get the whole 360 degrees as you zoom your way up to the Nature Park at the top. This is a great opportunity to capture a time lapse you can rewatch over and over! I did this and still watch my timelapse every now and again. It really looks so epic.
Welcome to the top.
Once you reach the top there are a few different routes you can walk, and explore. A 3D Map is put in place to guide you. Each direction opens up a different view of Cape Town, and each one as stunning as the next. If you time your trip to the top just right, you can see how Cape Town changes from a city to a glitter paradise as the sun sets. We here at Beginning to Wander, love our sunsets. The previous Cape Town blog was about a sunset! It was such a magnificent moment to see how to city changes.
If you get hungry there is a cafe at the top too! This too ‘costs a pretty penny’. Also, Kloof Street is not too far away so you can go satisfy your hunger there afterwards. We did make a pit stop at the cafe, my treat to Niklas as he treated me with the trip to the top. I asked the lady for a free tasting and actually got a free tasting, hot chocolate none the less. Please do yourself a favour and buy it when you are there. It was delicious. Creamy. Warm. Thick. Chocolaty!
After you give your taste buds attention, or even while you still enjoy your beverage, as they have take away cups, you can keep on exploring. Scattered around the top of Table Mountain you will find Dassies. This is a very cute little animal, not a small tie as the Afrikaans language would have you believe. They all look like they just did something naughty, and are so cute! If we didn’t fail heavily at trying to steal a penguin then we would have tried to steal a Dassie.
Oh what a view!
Finally, after you have taken all your pictures and taken in all the views, which is impossible by the way; there is a siren. This siren signals the last cable car down to civilisation. Suddenly everyone makes their way to the exciting rotating Car once more. The casual meanderings of the crowd turns into a mission to get on the cable car and not be stranded at the top. The journey down, again is a great opportunity for a time lapse. The reason I recommend a time lapse is because you can just hold your phone out in front of you, and look at the result later, while you take in the view with your own two eyes. No technology limiting what you can see. Then you have a great momento for afterwards.
Talking about mementos, to end your trip up the mountain, you are able to have a photo taken and buy it in the gift shop as you leave. Niklas and I are not interested in posing in front of a green screen. We didn’t do it at The Shard in London, (read about it here) so we won’t do it anywhere else.
The Recap – Table Mountain edition:
So: This was worth every penny! So beautiful! I can’t emphasise this enough! Maybe if I write the so in capitals. SO beautiful!
Previously on Beginning to Wander
More Pictures on Instagram.