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London, England, United Kingdom
October 2, 2011
From journal South Africa: What to See and Do in Cape Town
ashbourne, United Kingdom
April 12, 2010
From journal South African Road Trip
Oxford, United Kingdom
October 21, 2009
From journal Visiting the Cape Peninsula
Cooper City, Florida
July 31, 2008
From journal Wonderful Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa
November 17, 2005
From journal Table Mountain, Devil's Peak & Lion's Head welcome you to Cape Town!
July 5, 2005
The view from the top is worth it. It’s great to feel you climbed to the top of one of Africa’s best-known landmarks. We walked across the massif to Maclear's Beacon, which is Table Mountain’s highest point at 1,084m. It took about 2 hours to climb up, but only 4 minutes down by cable car.
From journal At The Foot of Table Mountain
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
December 4, 2004
The Cape Peninsula’s most prominent feature, Table Mountain, has been a welcome landmark for travellers. Its impressive front wall, as well as the surrounding buttresses and ravines, is a spectacular natural wonder. The rock formations and twisted strata indicate turbulent geological processes that span a millions-of-years history. A mass of sedimentary sandstone and large areas of granite forms the Cape Peninsula’s mountain chain. The sandstone sediment, which forms the main block of the mountain, was deposited about 450 million years ago when the peninsula, then a part of Gondwana, lay below sea level. After the subsidence of the primeval ocean, the effects of wind, rain, ice and extreme temperatures caused erosion of the softer layers, leaving behind the characteristic mesa of Table Mountain.
Over 1,400 plant species of the 2,285 that make up the Cape Floral Kingdom of the Peninsula can be found in the protected natural habitat of Table Mountain. They include Disa uniflora (also called Pride of Table Mountain), which mostly grows near streams and waterfalls, and several members of the regal protea family. Wildlife, consisting mostly of small mammals, reptiles and birds, includes the rare and secretive ghost frog, which is found in perennial streams on the plateau.
The high plateau affords superb views of the Hely-Hutchinson reservoir, the Back Table, and southwards to False Bay and Cape Point. In 1998, extensive upgrading of the Table Mountain Cableway, as well as the lower and upper stations, resulted in special reinforced viewing platforms at strategic vantage points.
Table Mountain’s Tablecloth: An old local legend tells of the Dutchman, Jan van Hunks, who engaged in a smoking contest with a stranger on the slopes of Devil’s Peak. After several days, the disgruntled stranger had to admit defeat and revealed himself as the Devil. Vanishing in a puff of smoke, he carried van Hunks off with him, leaving behind wreaths of smoke curling around Devil’s Peak -- which is where the cloud begins pouring over the mountains -- forming the famous tablecloth.
Tips for Walkers: Several well-marked trails, graded according to their degree of difficulty, lead to the summit. All hikers must wear proper walking boots and are advised to check with the Lower Cableway Station before setting out, as weather conditions may deteriorate without warning. Winds at the top can reach over 80km per hour, so hiking on windy or misty days is not recommended.
The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company:Daily departure at varying times.Tel: 021/424-5148
From journal Two Oceans ~ One Hope
by Eric Kater
New York, New York
April 20, 2004
This is one of the prime tourist attractions in Cape Town, and so I was a bit reluctant to go, being one of those people who take pride in getting off the beaten track. The steep vertical climb of the cable car to the summit is no joy ride for those who are afraid of heights. I learned on my way up that I was dangling from the longest continuous stretch of cable in the world. The mountain’s plateau affords 360-degree views of Cape Town and its surrounding mountains and coastline, which from this vantage point is not to be missed. The mountaintop is quite large, and lined with paths and benches, so it is quite a pleasant place to leisurely pass a few hours.
From journal Cape Town: A Paradise Complete with a Serpent
December 13, 2003
It’s flanked by Devil’s Peak to the east, the Lion’s Head and Signal Hill to the west, and the Karbonkelberg to the southwest. Further along are the Twelve Apostles, running south along the coast (through small beach-side suburbs like Clifton). (The best view of them is from a sailboat – there are various operators which you can book from the V&A Waterfront, like the Tigresse catamaran – (021) 425 5457.)
Table Mountain looks for all the world as though its maker has sliced off the top of the peak, hence the name the Dutch arrivals gave it -- the best view, and the classic picture postcard, is from BloubergStrand, north east along the coast from V&A, where you can get a great photo across the Atlantic Ocean (just don’t try dipping in your toe – it’s direct from the Antarctic!) of the flat top, whether it’s a clear day or the famous "tablecloth" of clouds is shimmering on the peak.
Assuming it’s not, head up on the revolving cable-car to the top (105pp return) for a cracking panorama over the city -- you can hike up (there are apparently 350 routes up, though it’s not an easy endeavour and can only be undertaken with expert advice, i.e., through the Mountain Club of South Africa or Friend’s of Lion’s Head) but the rotating cable car is quite entertaining in itself. Once at the top, the level summit is 3km long (east-west) and its highest point is 1086m (Maclear’s Beacon, which the astronomer Sir Thomas Maclear erected in 1843 as an experiment more accurately to measure the circumference of the earth) – you are asked to stick to the paths and not to feed the dassies (hydraxes) which live up there. Most entertaining is to wander along the set paths though the fynbos (literally fine bush) of local shrubby undergrowth, including species and protea. There are various birds and the occasional tortoise lurking around. Make sure you take up your binoculars for the excellent views of Cape Town below.
Signal Hill can be accessed by car and gives a good alternative view (especially of the city lights by night or of the sunset – it’s popular for locals for picnics or "sundowners"). The Lion’s Head is also a dramatic sight – it was originally the site of the cannons which announced the entry of ships into Table Bay (since moved into town).
From journal Cape Town Pt 1 - City by the sea
February 12, 2003
The cable car is operational different times of the day. From February 1st to April 30th the first car up is 8:30am, the last car up at 7:30pm, and the last car down at 8:30pm.
If you figure on walking one way and riding the other, the cost for an adult is R50 (about US$5.50), a return ticket is R95. Children and seniors can get a return ticket for R50, while toddlers ride free.
If you're lucky you'll get to see the mountain both with and without its well-known "tablecloth" -- the nickname for cloud that often seems to hang down much of the mountain.
From journal A piece of paradise