Cape Town Journals

Table Mountain, Devil's Peak & Lion's Head welcome you to Cape Town!

A travel journal to Cape Town by MiriamMannak

This is Not an Easy Way Down Photo, Cape Town, South Africa More Photos
Quote: In het task of watching over one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Table Mountain is excorted by Lion's Head (and Signal Hill) on her left & Devil's Peak on het right.

Table Mountain, Devil's Peak & Lion's Head welcome you to Cape Town!

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This is Not an Easy Way Down Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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It can't be mistaken that a visit to Cape Town is incomplete without standing on top of Table Mountain. It is like going to Paris and skipping the Eiffel Tower, traveling to New York without visiting the Statue of Liberty. You can either take the cable car up (±150 rand/20 Euro for a return ticket) or explore one of the hiking trails that lead you up the mountain.Quick Tips: WHEN HIKING: - Pack water, food, hat, sunscreen, warm clothes (the weather on the mountain can change like thát), phone, and emergency numbers (every year quite a number of people get trapped on the mountain). Remember what track you took, as this is crucial information for those looking ...Read More

Table Mountain

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Attraction | "Table Mountain - Two Stories"

Table Mountain Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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Table Mountain rises up south of Cape Town and offers great hiking trails and stunning views over the city and its surroundings. ** SEA DRAGON According to a legend, the mighty sea dragon Nganyamba tried to prevent Qamata, an African mythological figure responsible for the creation of the world, from creating dry land. Djobela, a one-eyed earth goddess, assisted Nganyamba. She casted a spell that created four giants to guard the north, south, east, and west. ** WATCHER OF THE SOUTH Many battles raged and eventually the giants were defeated. Before dying, the giants asked earth goddess Djobela to turn them into mountains to watch over the area. The Watcher of the Sou...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 17, 2005

Table Mountain
Cape Town 7848
Cape Town, Western Cape 7848
00 27 21 7156136

Devil's Peak

Attraction | "Devil's Peak - The Myth"

Devil's Peak Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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Devil’s Peak, Table Mountain’s right shoulder, offers some great hiking and walking trails. You can walk along the contour path, or climb the summit. Personally, I love this mountain, especially when clouds are dripping over the peaks like thick, white cream. The question I have always asked myself is why this mountain had this particular name? After some research, I found the reason. The mountain got its name from the legend of Van Hunks. Van Hunks was a Dutch pirate, who spent his days smoking his pipe where the saddle of land connects Devil's Peak to Table Mountain. One day, Van Hunks challenged the Devil, a great smoker himself, to a smoking contest. The prize of the contest was Van Hu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 22, 2005

Devil's Peak
Table Mountain's Right Shoulder
Cape Town, South Africa

Lion's Head

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Lion's Head Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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I love Cape Town. To me, it is the home I have never had: as a child, a teen, and even recently, I have moved a lot. I have lived in more than four different countries and have packed my stuff over 18 times. Despite the fact that I am Dutch, Holland was never my home as such. I guess that is what you get when you have lived outside your mother country until your 12th birthday. I never thought I would find a place I could truly call 'home'. Until I set foot in Cape Town. One of the best views of this incredible city is from Lion's Head, Table Mountain's left shoulder. The hike only takes 45 minutes, and the reward is absolutely grand. One of the traditions in Cape Town is to hi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 22, 2005

Lion's Head
Signal Hill Road
Cape Town, South Africa 8001

Signal Hill

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Signal Hill Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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The first thing I did when I got to Cape Town in September 2004, was driving up Signal Hill. According to my friend, this was the best place to get a first overview of the city and surroundings. He was right. From Signal Hill, which separates the suburbs of Green Point and Sea Point from the City Bowl, you have a splendid view over Table Mountain, the Twelve Apostles, Lion's Head, the city, the harbor and Table Bay, and Robben Island. As the sunsets from Signal Hill are awesome, this is a good place for a romantic rendezvous. One can access Signal Hill via Kloofnek Road, which runs towards the mountain and the Cable Way station. Just keep a close eye out for signs on your right that s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 22, 2005

Signal Hill
Signal Hill Road
Cape Town, South Africa 8001

Table Mountain and Fire

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Table Mountain Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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Due to the elements – warm weather, strong and unpredictable winds and dry vegetation – Table Mountain falls victim to fires every year. Most time the fires are killed in a few hours, without causing too much harm and devastation to nature and people’s lives and home. In some occasions, unfortunately, fires do cause a lot of harm. On January 26th 2006 for instance. A massive fire swept along the lower and higher slopes of Table Mountain, burning a large part of the face of South Africa’s most important landmark, and Lion’s head and threatening several suburbs. Again, like many other previous fires, this one was probably caused by a cigarette bud. ...Read More