Table Mountain

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Table Mountain has made it onto the list of new seven natural wonders along with the Amazon, Iguazu fall, and the Ha Long Bay in Vietnam amongst the most known. And to be honest until now, that is having been there, I just thought Cape Townians were so full of themselves to declare that mass of sediment compressed in a table shape a natural wonder. But I am happy to say, it deserves to be on the list.

It is not just the amazing views that you get to see when you are at the top but also the vast diversity of flora making it the smallest kingdom on earth with over 1,470 floral species. There’s an extensive walkway to see the 360° view of the city, the harbour, Robben Island, and a breathtaking sunset over the ocean.

There are a couple of ways to get to the top; you can hike it, or climb it, or just take the cable car like the rest of us mere mortals. If it is holiday season, that is November to January in this part of the world, then expect queues of up to two hours going up and coming down. My two best tips would be, buy online tickets because that usually is the shorter queue and preferably for the afternoon; and the second tip is, pack a warm jacket even in the peak of summer.

Be ready to have a full day walking the trail, or off trails. On most days you will get to see the equally famous ‘table cloth’; that is a low cloud touching the mountain top. To those on the top it is like witnessing a fast moving mist, a cool added effect.

There’s a restaurant at the top and souvenir shop for all those who went up without reading my blog and taking jackets because you will pay R400 for a sweater and just convince yourself that it is a souvenir, like I did.

For more information and tips for your trip go to the official website.


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