table mountain, cape town!
hello from one of the most beautiful spots on earth::
cape town’s table mountain. i think this view is
(or at least should be) on most people’s bucket list.
the city itself of cape town was not quite what i expected,
but the surrounding area and natural beauty of the
western cape was so much more than i expected.
we were glad to experience both during our visit!
the day we arrived we hopped right on the city sightseeing bus
because a) it takes you right up to the base of table mountain, and
b) it was the perfect way to loop around the city and get a feel for it.
sometimes these are just so worth it and in cape town where
there is a definite lack of public transport, it’s the best option.
the bus pass is reasonable at $10 USD, and offers guided transport
through the city. it even started right near our hotel at the waterfront!
it was a clear day when we arrived, and i had heard to go straight
up to table mountain first thing if it’s good weather. this is because
it can often get foggy and table mountain + the cablway will close
because of wind and no visibility. i didn’t want that to happen and
miss this experience during our time here, so we headed for the hills!
on our way up to table mountain we got
to see a few major downtown sights + streets:
meanwhile, table mountain beckoned in the distance!
we were planning to hike all the way up table mountain,
but once we got dropped off at the base we scrapped
that for a few reasons. 1) it was unusually hot around 95
degrees, 2) it would take about 3 hours up and we would
barely make it up before closing, and 3) the cableway just
looked so fun! so we spoiled ourselves and went up on that.
amazing views as we ascended ^^
^^^ the first thing we could see as we got on top was this
gorgeous beach: camps bay. i wanted to teleport straight
down there and jump in the water on that hot day!
wow … can that water color be real?
it was the prettiest time of day, right in the
afternoon and turning to golden hour.
one of the best views i’ve ever seen…
the combo of the natural mountain + beach
landscapes meeting the city landscape is breathtaking!
lion’s head peak! ^^
we could NOT stop taking pictures.
it was too scenic for words!
apparently table mountain has just been named in the
“new 7 wonders of nature” along with iguazu falls, the
amazon, malong bay, komodo, jeju island, & puerto princesa.
all amazing places we haven’t been, so we’re glad we checked this off!
i wasn’t kidding .. haha! sorry for all of the photos!
we were so glad we had taken the cableway,
because we got to spend hours on top and we
actually hiked around quite a bit on the huge flat top!
i think we paid $15 per person so it was well worth it.
panorama from my iphone ^^
happy “hiker” on the way down the cableway.
and, back on the big red bus we went!
we caught the last one of the day just in time.
the bus took us down and along the waterfront
which was so nice and refreshing to feel the sea
breeze kick in and the evening cool off. it reminded us so
much of california as we passed the beaches and waterfront.
just LOOK at this dusky beach! incredible.
the coast here reminded us a lot of san francisco’s embarcadero…
with all of the runners, bikers, and even funky sculptures ^^
table mountain, you really showed off for us!
see you next from a cape point day trip!