The family was excited, the weather perfect with no clouds in sight and the queue was long. Mind you, the week between Christmas and New Year is peak holiday season and the busiest tourism time in the city so perhaps not the the easiest time to visit Table Mountain. BUT, the wait is absolutely worth it. After inching along waiting for our turn we boarded the cable car that takes visitors from the Lower Cable Station (363m above sea level) to the top (1067m above sea level). Each cable car has a capacity of 65 people and in the five minutes it takes to get to the top the floor of the cable car rotates 360° so that everybody can have a view in all directions. This also eliminates a lot of pushing and shoving for the best spot when boarding.
Chaos Boy leading the way on one of the wheelchair friendly walkways
Once you get to the top of the mountain the best way to take in the mountain itself as well as the fabulous views that are on offer is to take one of the various trails. We, like most people, did the shorter Dassie Walk while there is also the thirty-minute Agama Walk and the longer Klipspringer Walk to choose from. The short walk is very easy for both young and old visiting the mountain and to top that its also wheelchair friendly.
Drama Princess admiring the view over Clifton and Camps Bay
The Table Mountain range is home to 1 460 different species of plants (mostly Fynbos) as well as little animals like Rock Hyrax (commonly known as dassies), mongooses, lizards, snakes (although chances are slim that you will see them on top of the mountain with all the people about) and butterflies. Birders may be able to spot several indigenous bird species like Redwinged Starlings, Cape Verreaux’s Eagles, Rock Kestrels and Sunbirds. But most visitors go for the view and what an magnificent view it is!
Whenever I visit Cape Town I just can't take my eyes off Table Mountain. She's like that sexy lady in the bikini lying on the towel just in front of you on the beach, you just can't help but to look. Even though I have never lived in Cape Town, I get home sick when I see "my" mountain and getting the chance to visit the top of the mountain again and being able to share it with the kidz for the first time was wonderful.