South Africa: Tablecloth over Table Mountain

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South Africa Table Mountain The cloud cover overhangs at the sides of the mountain. Photo by Sarah Ramnath
The cloud cover overhangs at the sides of the mountain. Photo by Sarah Ramnath

Early last year, Table Mountain opened its doors to an all-new Wi-Fi Lounge in the upper cable station with free Wi-Fi, including a full coffee and snack bar. So you know you are well connected even up in the mountain.

From the top, you can see Cape Point way down below, where the Two Oceans Meet. It’s the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean on the west and the warm Indian Ocean on the east, but apparently they don’t mix.

In 2012, Table Mountain was inaugurated as one of the World’s New 7 Wonders of Nature. Watching the sunset from the top of one of the World’s New 7 Wonders of Nature is a remarkable sight. It is also when all of Cape Town’s lights start to twinkle in the distance, as the city readies for the night.

When to Visit Table Mountain

Cape Town experiences summer between November and February, which is also the best time to visit as the cableway operates late into the evening at this time of year. The sun sets as late as 20h00 and sunrise is as early as 05h30.

A word of advice though, apply sunscreen because you can get easily sunburnt. And carry a light jacket, it sometimes gets breezy, and please don’t forget your camera. Wearing stilettos are a definite no-no, use good comfortable walking shoes.

The cableway operates weather permitting, so please check online, or phone in before heading to Table Mountain. Bear in mind that you would still have to join the queue for the cableway, even if you bought your tickets online.

The price of tickets for adults is R255-00 return and R135-00 one-way, ages 4-17 pay R125-00 return and R65-00 one-way. To truly enjoy the wonders of Table Mountain, you have to ride the cableway to the top. That’s where the fun is.

The clouds hanging over Table Mountain. Photo by Flickr/berniedup
The clouds hanging over Table Mountain. Photo by Flickr/berniedup

If You Go to Table Mountain

Please check online, or phone in before heading to Table Mountain. It operates weather permitting.

Table Mountain
www.tablemountain.net

Cape Town Tourism
www.tourismcapetown.co.za

Author Bio: Sarah Ramnath, who lives in Durban, South Africa is a part-time freelance writer and photographer. Writing has always been her passion from a very early age.  After finishing school, she started writing fiction stories for fun. Being a frequent contributor to TripAdvisor and Zomato, she realized she could take on something much more challenging. Now that both her children are grown, she has decided it is time to pursue her passion.

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